Diamond DA-20. 2010 - Construction

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317c Section 2010-11-02

Diamond DA-20



Diamond DA20 is a classic built airplane. The construction is mainly made of plastic. The cabin has two seats. The cabin is relatively quiet, which means that you can not use the intercom. The aircraft is well suited for training. Diamond DA20 is distinguished by easy operation and control. However, it is difficult to repair in case of structural damage.

The wings have a large elongation and resemble the wings of a powered sailplane. As a result, the aircraft is characterized by low operating costs and good performance, mainly long range.

The chassis is three-legged with a front wheel. The front wheel is self-adjusting. The airplane is controlled during taxiing by differential braking of the main landing gear wheels. The chassis is complemented by a skid-bumper as a plane tail.

The aircraft surface control system consists mainly of arens (cord in a flexible tube).


Garmin GNC 420W GPS/COM or Garmin GTX 327

The engine

DA20 C series airplanes have Continental O-240 piston engines. Engine Continental IO-240-B3B, 4-cylinder, power 93 kW (125 HP). The engine has fuel injection.

DA20 A-series airplanes have Rotax 912 engines, 100 HP. The engine has fuel injection. These engines run on automotive gasoline. Mobil car oil. In an emergency, the engine can run without oil (dry) for two hours, with less than 60% power.

Sensenich Propeller propellers have two blades made of composite. The propeller with the engine is connected through a clutch that will disconnect the engines when the propeller hits an obstacle.

Data DA20

Span 10.87 m (35 ft 8 in)

Length 7.16 m (23 ft 6 in)

Height 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)

Curb weight 528 kg (1.164 lb)

Take-off weight 800 kg (1,764 lb)

Fuel 91 liters (24 US gallons, 20 imp gallons)

Cruising speed 256 km / h (159 mph, 138 kn)

Minimum speed 83 km / h (52 mph, 45 kn)

Climb speed 5.1 m / s (1,000 ft / min)

Range 1 013 km (629 mi, 547 nmi) with a 30-minute reserve

Operating ceiling 4,000 m (13,120 ft)

Written by Karol Placha Hetman