The DA40 is Diamond's four-seat model and the DA40XLS has a 180 hp Lycoming IO-360 engine rather than the Centurion or Austro diesel engines used on other DA40 aircraftft. The DA40, with a fully composite airframe and equipped with a Garmin G1000 glass co
The things that distinguish the Diamond DA40 from its competitors such as the Cirrus SR20 and the Cessna 172/182 are the following: exceptional visibility through Plexiglas canopies higher airspeeds and efficiencies than the Cessnas lower stall speeds and easier handling than the Cirrus all-electric instruments center-mounted stick cavernous rear canopy for loading bulky cargo into back seats ne can love the DA40 for its responsive handling and unrivalled visibility. This is a great airplane for a flight school or for a private owner looking to get an instrument rating. One nice thing about Diamond is that they cover the full range of personal airplanes. You can train in a DA20- transition to a DA40 for instrument work and shortish trips- transition to a DA42 for overwater and trips of more than 1000 n.m.- and transition to the D-Jet when you want to be able to push your way up through ice-filled clouds to VFR on top. Having a lot of time in type and avoiding harsh transitions can be a key to safety- especially for those who dont have many extra weeks for training. So if you think that one day you might want a DA42 or a D-Jet- a DA40 is a great stepping stone.