Fixed-Wing Fleet

Current Fixed Wing Aircraft Fleet in our training system is the one Diamond DA42 Twinstar and 1 Cessna 172S Skyhawk.   Future aircraft are the Diamond DA40 Diamond Star and DA20 Katana. 

Cessna 172S

The Cessna 172S Skyhawk is a four-seat, 180hp single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company.  The 172S was first flown in 1998 and has seen some minor upgrades since then.  Of those, our aircraft has the most recent upgrades and are less than 4 years old.   The Cessna has a long proven track record as a safe, affordable trainer. When you think of an intial flight trainer, you think Cessna.  One reason why we added it to our inventory, its long history of reliability.  The stable and comfortable platform of the 172, makes it the perfect time building plane in our inventory. 

Diamond DA40 Diamond Star and Diamond DA42

Our fleet also includes the latest technologically advanced aircraft, the Diamond DA40 Diamond Star and Diamond DA42 Twinstar light twin trainer. These airplanes are “next generation” design with the latest composite technology and lightweight aluminum construction. The powerplant for the DA40 is the turbocharged 170hp Austro AE300. This engine incorporates technology that is not available in any other aircraft in its class.  A key feature is the fuel economy. The engine uses, very little, JET A fuel.  With an electronic digital engine control, it couldn’t be a simpler-no combination of propeller controls to worry about, just concentrate on flying.  This is one of the most efficient engines on the market in its class, resulting in lower operating costs.  The bottom line for the consumer, in the long run, lower training costs. 

The DA42 is equipped with a turbocharged Technifly 2.0 liter 135 hp engine.  The design is the same as the DA 40, with the additional engine.  Even with two engines, the fuel consumption is less than most single engine planes today.  A mere 8.5 to 10 gal/hr fuel burn is all you’ll see.  Once again, fuel cost savings for all involved. 

All our airplanes have the latest flight instrument system, the Garmin G1000, and the GFC700 Autopilot.  These two systems combined make the flight information system on par with major airlines Flight Management Systems (FMS).  The DA42’ G1000 also incorporates synthetic vision, ADSB In/Out and other advanced features, to make your transition seamless.   

The move from single engine to multi-engine is less stressful when you don’t have to worry about learning a new flight information system.  This is another reason we chose planes with common advanced navigation systems. 

 

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