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by CFIDave
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Embarrassed but Alive
Replies: 11
Views: 590

Re: Embarrassed but Alive

Just to be clear, the reason the Austro engine of your NG will not let you reduce power back to idle (despite throttle lever position) at higher altitudes has nothing to do with shock cooling -- it's to prevent "combustion extinction." Since diesel engines don't use spark plugs, they depend on very ...
by CFIDave
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: NG vs XLS
Replies: 21
Views: 1242

Re: NG vs XLS

IMHO *THE* biggest difference is how quiet and smooth the Austro diesel is compared to the Lycoming -- leading to more enjoyable and less fatiguing flights in the NG. This is something that doesn't show up if only considering numbers, and may not be evident until you fly both aircraft.
by CFIDave
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: New Owner
Replies: 21
Views: 693

Re: New Owner

Ian: It looks like you have a 2006 DA40: - Nose ballast (to make back seat loading more useful) didn't become a standard feature until sometime in 2008 for DA40 XLS with MT 3-bladed props, so it's not applicable to your plane. (My early 2008 XLS with MT prop did not have nose ballast.) As was noted ...
by CFIDave
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: NG vs XLS
Replies: 21
Views: 1242

Re: NG vs XLS

It boils down to a few items. 1. CG 2. Does it match mission. NG suffers in short range UL hauling, but is better at longer range. 3. Stall Speed A few previous threads: https://www.diamondaviators.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=6771&hilit=ng+xls https://www.diamondaviators.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f...
by CFIDave
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Continental / Thielert
Topic: New CD170
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: New CD170

I don’t think DA42 would benefit from CD-170. CD-170 is heavier than CD-155, has lower critical altitude (6000 ft vs 8000 ft) and lower TBR (1200 vs 2100) while having practically same continuous power. Compared to the CD-155, it appears that the CD-170 software simply applies a higher turbo boost,...
by CFIDave
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: DA50 Forum
Topic: DA50 New Paint Scheme
Replies: 5
Views: 2732

Re: DA50 New Paint Scheme

Those pics are of the DA50 aircraft being used for certification testing. Diamond just posted via FaceBook that they'll be announcing the DA50 specs next week (presumably performance, pricing, options, etc.). Before the event was cancelled, they were originally going to announce earlier at Aero Frie...
by CFIDave
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: MT Prop: How much rain is too much?
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: MT Prop: How much rain is too much?

MT propellers are designed to be flown in the rain. The wood core is surrounded by carbon fiber or fiberglass sheathing that's intended to keep moisture out of the core. And as you noted, it also has a metal leading edge. I've flown my DA62 (with a pair of MT props) through rain so heavy that it pee...
by CFIDave
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: DA62 Forum
Topic: DA62/42-VI dry lease?
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: DA62/42-VI dry lease?

Thanks, Dave - the commitment isn't a problem. I was thinking 3-6 months and 50-100 hours total. However, I would prefer a newer model if possible. I appreciate the response. And I may reach out to you guys directly about this. I assume you also offer the training/rating as a standalone service? Tr...
by CFIDave
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Public forum
Topic: DA42 v DA62 Training Options
Replies: 10
Views: 745

Re: DA42 v DA62 Training Options

As long as the DA42 has Austro engines and a GFC700 autopilot (e.g., an NG or -VI model), save yourself considerable money by training in the 42. The transition is trivial with very few differences: - DA62 normally uses takeoff flaps, DA42 not - No stick limiter in the DA62 - The wider scimitar blad...
by CFIDave
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: DA62 Forum
Topic: DA62/42-VI dry lease?
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: DA62/42-VI dry lease?

What you're asking about a dry lease isn't nuts -- we (at LifeStyle) have been leasing DA40s and DA42s, although the aircraft tend to be older DA42s rather than newer "dash six" (DA42-VI) models that are fewer in number. I doubt you'll be able to find a DA62 to dry lease -- they're still too nice an...