Fleet Feature: Diamond DA42 NG

Diamond DA42 NG

The Diamond DA42 NG

If you’re completing your commercial multi-engine license or your multi-engine add-on at CTI PFT, you’ll get the pleasure of flying our Diamond DA42 NG.  This fantastic aircraft is a popular choice for flight schools and owners alike, and you’ll find it at both our Tennessee and Florida campuses.

The Diamond DA42 is a twin-engine aircraft and is the perfect choice for transitioning from single- to multi-engine aircraft.  This is largely down to its easy handling – when in the air, you’ll feel like you’re flying a single.  It’s also economical, burning fuel at a lower rate, which is why it’s such a favorite trainer.

For anyone who is new to twin engines, they are an excellent choice for cross-country flights or flying over hospitable terrain.  If your first engine fails, the second kicks in – so the extra engine comes with an added peace of mind too!  In fact, the first diesel-powered fixed-wing aircraft to make a non-stop crossing of the North Atlantic, taking 12.5 hours to do so.

This sleek four-seater was first certified in the United States in 2005 and has undergone some variations in its time.  The model we use is the DA42 NG, which has an Austro Engine AE 300.  With 168 hp, it’s got all the power you need for your flight.

The DA42 has a fantastic panoramic wrap-around canopy, and large rear windows, making for excellent visibility (for you and your passengers!).  As well as the fuselage baggage area, there’s also additional storage in the two nose compartments – purposely designed for golf bags.  And you can’t get much more aerodynamic than the carbon composite airframe, which is durable and safe.

Key stats

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Length: 28ft 1in
  • Wingspan: 44ft
  • Height: 8ft 2in
  • Wing area: 175.3 sq ft
  • Empty weight: 2,758lb
  • Gross weight: 3,758lb
  • Max. speed: 221 mph
  • Range: 1,052 miles
  • Rate of climb: 1,280 ft/min

Inside, the DA42 is one luxurious plane.  With premium leather seats and LED lighting, it’s an enjoyable ride for you and any passengers.  The front seatbacks are adjustable and fitted with lumbar support, which is ideal for long flights.  The flight deck has a fully integrated Garmin G1000, with 3-axis GDC700 Automated Flight Control System, yaw damper, and ESP.

If you’re making that transition from single to multi-engine, there is no better model than our Diamond DA42 NG.  And if it’s time for you to make that step, why not apply for your multi-engine add-on?  We can’t wait to share this fantastic aircraft with you!

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