The Diamond DA40 XLS rounds out our fleet of G1000 aircraft at the East Coast Aero Club fleet. This aircraft also has synthetic vision, active traffic and the GFC 700 digital autopilot — the latest in cockpit instrumentation.
The DA40 is a composite, four seat, low wing, single engine airplane equipped with tricycle landing gear, having a castering nose wheel and two main wheels.
This airplane is certificated in the normal category. Spins and aerobatic maneuvers are not permitted in normal category airplanes. The aircraft is equipped for day and night VFR/IFR.
The airplane is powered by a horizontally opposed, four cylinder, overhead valve, air cooled, fuel injected engine with a wet sump lubrication system. The engine is a Lycoming Model IO-360-M1A and is rated at 180 horsepower at 2700 RPM. Major accessories include a starter and belt driven alternator, dual magnetos, and a full flow oil filter. Engine output is controlled through the throttle and propeller control.
The airplane fuel system consists of two 25 gallon vented integral fuel tanks, two wing manifolds, 3-position selector valve, an electrically driven auxiliary fuel pump, and a fuel strainer. The engine-mounted portion of the system consists of the engine driven fuel pump, fuel/air control unit, fuel flow transducer, fuel distribution valve and fuel injection nozzles.
Fuel flows by gravity from the two wing tanks through the fuel manifold, and to a three-position selector valve. From there, fuel flows through the auxiliary fuel pump, the fuel strainer and to the engine driven fuel pump. A portion of the fuel is returned to the wing tank selected through use of the fuel return system.
The airplane has a 28-volt direct current system powered by a 70-amp alternator and a 24-volt battery. Power is supplied to most electrical circuits through two primary busses, with an essential bus and a crossfeed bus connected between the two primary busses to support electrical equipment. The two primaries are also connected to an avionics bus through a circuit breaker. The circuit breakers are of the push to reset type.
|Displacement||361 cu. in.|
|Carbureted Or Fuel Injected||Fuel Injected|
|Fixed Pitch/ Constant Speed Propeller||MT 3-blade composite constant-speed|
|Fuel Capacity||50 gallons|
|Min. Octane Fuel||100|
|Avg. Fuel Burn at 75% power in standard conditions per hour||About 10 gallons|
|Weights and Capacities:|
|Takeoff Weight Normal Category||2,535 lbs.|
|Takeoff/Landing Weight Utility Category||N/A|
|Standard Empty Weight||1,924 lbs.|
|Maximum takeoff weight||2,645 lbs.|
|Max. Useful Load Utility Category||N/A|
|Baggage Capacity||140 lbs.|
|Oil Capacity||8 quarts|
|Do Not Exceed Speed||178 KCAS|
|Max. Structural Cruising Speed||129 KCAS|
|Stall Speed Clean||52 KCAS|
|Stall Speed Landing Configuration||49 KCAS|
|Climb Best Rate||1,120 FPM|