The DA42 Twin Star is a 4 seat GA aircraft with 2 Austro AE300 jet fuel piston engines. It is produced by Austrian aircraft manufacturer, Diamond Industries. The aircraft made its first flight in December 2002, and since then well over 600 have been produced. In 2008, it was reported to hold about 80% of the twin piston market, and it is still very popular today. The DA42 comes in several variants including the original production model, the Dominator II, which is an unmanned airial defense vehicle, and the -V1, which is an improved version of the original aircraft introduced in 2012 (shown above).
Max Cruise Speed: 221 mph
Normal Cruising Altitude: 18,000 ft.
Range: 1,052 miles
Engines: 2 x 170hp Austro Engine AE3t00
Max Take-off Weight: 4,407 lbs
Max Landing Weight: 4,407 Ibs
The Diamond DA42 Twin Star should be added because it is one of the fastest and furthest flying small GA aircraft flying today. It would out perform both the Cessna 172 and Cirrus SR22 that we currently have in Infinite Flight. The aircraft also has a super sleek design and some unique features such as foldable landing gear and a top opening glass cockpit that I think would be amazing in our simulator.
According to Flight Global it is “a delight to fly and easy to operate, with high performance, modern technology, excellent economy and the latest and highest levels of passive safety. The DA42 has no natural competitors in its class and sets a benchmark for European general aviation.”
Although we have a new turbo prop coming, I still think we need a new small, light touring aircraft added, and this aircraft should be strongly considered. #MakeGAGreatAgain
If I haven’t already convinced you, please take a look at this video of the beautiful aircraft performing a startup, taxi, takeoff, and landing:
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