Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Diamond DA 20-A1 to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.
The Katana started out life as a motor glider built in Austria. The predecessor was the HK 36R Super Dimona tail dragger. The design had possibilities as a two-seat trainer, and the aircraft is now being built in Canada with conventional gear and is called the DA-20.
The airframe is of composite construction with conventional gear, side-by-side seating, dual stick controls and a hatch canopy. The cockpit is snug. The seats do not adjust, although the rudder pedals do.
The DA20-A1 is powered by a 80 hp Rotax, while a 125 hp Continental powers the C1 model. The A1 also has a Hoffmann constant-speed propeller, while the C1 has a fixed-pitch propeller. Both aircraft have safe, stable handling befitting a basic trainer.
Since the vast majority of two-place trainers in use today were all out of production by the late 1980s, there is definitely a market for the new, sleek design. Time will tell whether flight schools can afford the new price of this aircraft.
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