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Video: N868US 2008 Diamond DA40 Xls


N868US – a beautiful 2008 Diamond DA40 XLS!  Enjoy Synthetic Vision, G1000 with WAAS IFR-GPS, GFC700 Autopilot, Safetaxi & Flitecharts Taws-b, and More! Trades Welcome

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DiamondShare Continues Expansion

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Diamond DA40 Premier Edition

New DiamondShare Groups in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey

DiamondShare, a revolutionary program helping pilots justify and afford access to new modern aircraft, continues to expand.  A new Diamond DA40 XLT DiamondShare is now in the Philadelphia area.  Seth Levine, the newest DiamondShare owner has just returned from flying his new DA40 back from the Diamond factory in Canada.  DiamondShare also announced they have just expanded to Georgetown Delaware and there is a member opportunity available at this time for these two new locations. 

This follows DiamondShare’s expansion over the last year with groups in Seneca Falls NY, Linden NJ, and Monmouth NJ in addition to the locations at Caldwell NJ and Raleigh NC.   DiamondShare is also planning new DiamondShare units in the White Plains NY area.  Its no surprise the popular program is growing; it provides buyers with an entirely new set of economics to consider for ownership of a modern aircraft. 

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A Fly and Ski Adventure: NC to CO in a DA40

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Diamond DA40North Carolina to Colorado in a Diamond DA40

Most pilots would not think it practical to use a 145KT aircraft to go to Colorado for skiing so I was keen to see how the trip worked out and compare it to airline travel in my never ending pursuit of illustrating the efficiency of private air travel.



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DiamondShare Featured in FLYING Magazine

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Shared Aircraft Ownership for the New Millennium

By Stephen Pope / Published: Jan 07, 2015


“Emerging concepts such as LifeStyle Aviation’s DiamondShare program are piquing the curiosity of pilots who like the idea of flying modern, well-equipped airplanes for a fraction of the cost of full ownership.”

If you haven’t noticed, general aviation is on the verge of a mini revolution — and it has nothing to do with jet-fuel-burning diesel engines, shiny new glass cockpits or multibillion-dollar NextGen modernization programs. Instead, the big change in aviation centers on the new millennium’s “sharing economy” and you, the pilot — or, more precisely, the choices you the pilot will be able to make in the not-so-distant future about flying yourself wherever and whenever you want.

The idea of sharing resources is catching on in a big way — we share our cars, our couches and just about anything else that can be advertised through a smartphone app or website. We’re even starting to share airplanes in ways that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago.Imagine this: You show up at a small airport anywhere in America and pull out your phone or tablet. On the screen of your plane-sharing app you find a dozen privately owned airplanes you can fly right now. There’s a gorgeous late-model Beech Bonanza, an older but less pricey Cessna Skyhawk and some enticing options in between. You tap the screen to book the airplane you want, head over to the FBO office to retrieve the keys and minutes later proceed on your way. The rental charge for your flight is automatically deducted from your bank account, including the fuel and even insurance. After the flight, you rate the experience to let other potential renters know whether they should go with that same Piper Cherokee or perhaps choose something else.

This app doesn’t exist today, but there’s really no reason why it couldn’t.  The technology-fueled share economy suddenly is intensifying in size and scope, and with it our notions about how, where and what we fly are on the cusp of radically changing for the better.

Access, Not Ownership

We’re seeing signs of this shift already as tech-savvy providers like OpenAirplane, AirPooler, Flytenow, FlightClub and others seek to make flying and owning airplanes more affordable and simpler than ever.

Flying in a Diamond DA40


I joined this “collaborative consumption” wave a couple of years ago when I became a member of ­DiamondShare, a shared-leasing program that gives members 100 hours of access a year to a new Diamond DA40 for a fraction of the cost of owning the airplane outright — and with no depreciation hit down the road or recurring maintenance and repair bills to worry about.

The hourly cost is on par with renting an older, slower and less well-equipped airplane, with the difference being that I can take the Diamond on trips for a couple of days or even a couple of weeks if I so desire — and fly with confidence knowing I’m seated behind the latest technology, including a synthetic-vision flight display, traffic and terrain awareness systems, a terrific digital autopilot and SiriusXM weather data.Still, the vanguard of entrepreneurs leading the way in this brave new world has hit some turbulence in the early
LifeStyle Aviation's DiamondShare is helping pilots fly in a new plane for a fraction of the cost. going. New ideas can be both labor and capital intensive, as many of these start-ups are learning. And just like ride-sharing services such as the suddenly ultrapopular Lyft and Uber have run afoul of some old-economy regulations, aviation app developers have experienced regulatory snags as well. FlyteNow, for instance, is suing the FAA for the right to establish a flight-sharing website that would take advantage of private pilot cost-sharing rules first defined in the 1960s and expand them online.

It’s messy at the moment, but it shouldn’t take long for legal clarifications on a whole range of issues, leaving the ideas that are compatible with FAA regulations free to enhance, or in some cases upend, traditional aviation business models.


Many flight schools, of course, complain about new students showing up on the flight line less often these days. Light aircraft manufacturers, meanwhile, lament the economic reality of selling only dozens of a particular model of airplane each year versus over a thousand at the height of the market 40 years ago.


One major barrier the industry faces is rising cost, for everything from fuel to insurance to maintenance and hangar space. Meanwhile, increasing liability and litigation costs are hamstringing all GA manufacturers at a time when there’s more competition than ever for consumers’ hard-earned disposable income. As a result, the pilot population has declined since the 1980s from around 350,000 private pilots in the United States to fewer than 200,000 today.


Doing the Math
Are rising costs really the biggest impediment the industry faces? Much of the evidence we see points to the answer
LifeStyle Aviation is helping pilots reach their aviation goals.
being a definite yes. Consider, for example, that for many years through the 1960s and 1970s, a new four-seat general aviation airplane like a Cessna 172 consistently sold for about twice the median annual household income in the United States. Today, that same airplane costs seven times median income.
In 1967, for instance, a new Skyhawk was priced at $12,750. Median household income that year was $6,054. By 1977 the price of a new Skyhawk had climbed to $22,300 while household income had risen to $11,992. By the late 1990s, however, when Cessna re-entered the piston market after a lengthy production hiatus, airplane prices began a steep rise. Despite household wages remaining relatively flat for the last couple of decades, the $350,000 price of a new Skyhawk today is no longer neatly aligned with the U.S. median household wage of around $52,000 a year.
You can make the argument that a Skyhawk sold in 2015 is a significantly different product than one that rolled out of the factory in 1967, but better avionics and a nicer interior don’t tell the whole story. Airplanes are expensive. They can provide incredible utility, obviously, but the pool of pilots who can afford to buy a new plane is shrinking while the glut of used airplanes from the 1960s and 1970s keeps aging.

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Diamond Flyers Descend on Washington DC

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Diamond Flyers from various parts of the East Coast descended on Washington DC recently to enjoy one of our nation’s most prized jewels of the aviation industry… the National Air & Space Museum for a private guided tour.

The Stephen L. Udvar Hazy National Air & Space Museum is located adjacent to the Dulles International Airport and is named  in honor the sizable donation from Mr. Hazy who made his fortune leasing aircraft.

The museum is simply the worlds greatest collection of famous aircraft. Visitors are greeted at the door by the SR71 “Blackbird”, the Concord SST, the Enola Gay B29, the Boeing 707, the space shuttle Discovery and hundreds more from the beginnings of flight to the dreams of space. It is truly remarkable and something that every aviation enthusiast, young person and of course pilot should visit. Dave Passmore, proud owner of the first Diamond DA42-VI to come to America as well as a member of the Dominion Aircraft Sales team was the groups private tour guide. Dave is a docent at the museum and provided a wealth of knowledge and added enjoyment for the group.

Tudvar hazy planeshe Fly-In event was organized by the East Coast Diamond Flight Center Network, a growing group of flight centers that are banded together to create new potentials in modern flight training and access to modern aviation lifestyles and aircraft. The group includes flight training organizations from Boston to North Carolina and is sponsored by Dominion Aircraft Sales the Diamond Regional Distribution Center for the region. American Aviation, based at Manassas VA,  hosted the group as the destination airport Flight Center arranging for their arrivals and transportation.

“Our Flight Center Network is truly remarkable” commented John Armstrong, President of Dominion Aircraft Sales “They are progressive thinking operators that are working together to create a different experience and potential for people coming into aviation. They have committed to using modern aircraft, modern training technics and tools such as our online learning management systems and simulators, and they are committed to helping their clients achieve the potential of the flying lifestyle.”

The group sponsors events to help pilots enjoy the potential of flight and encourage them to venture past their training routine. In fact, one of the participants of the DC Museum event that came from Blue Line Aviation  soloed an aircraft for the first time ever on Friday and on Saturday he flew into the DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) for the event  and then did IFR training on the flight home (all with his instructor of course!).  Several of the participants for the Fly-In own leaseback aircraft and several owned 3 Diamonds! Leasebacks are the structure used for students and pilots to own aircraft with leverage tax advantage structure with the flight school leasing the aircraft for the owner to provide them a unique economic potential.  The Flight Center Network represents excellent opportunities for acquiring and lgroup shot of udvar hazy clubeasing aircraft.  Mr. Hazy figured it out and the Diamond network helps people learn about the economic advantages of leaseback opportunities for personal aircraft.

A new flying Club, The Cape Fear Flyers from Wilmington NC, was represented and Blue Line Aviation of Raleigh NC had three of their Diamonds fly in for the event.

“As a group we are the gateway for people to access their dreams of flight. We want to help them achieve their goals and this involves providing effective training and modern equipment but also methods for them to acquire aircraft or gain access to them for their flying dreams. Our Leaseback and DiamondShare programs are powerful tools to help people achieve their dreams.” continued Armstrong.

The flight training organizations that are part of the growing and special Diamond Flight Center Development program are:

American Aviation – Manassas VA

SML Aviation – Roanoke and Lynchburg VA

Blue Line Aviation – Raleigh and Johnson County NC

Alpha One – Salisbury and Concord NC

Cargill Aeronautical Academy – Harrisburg PA

Dillon’s Aviation – Greenville NC

Don Davis Aviation –  Henderson KY

Epix Aviation – Chesapeake and Newport News VA

Freeflight Aviation – Medford NJ

Nexgen Aviation – Lexington KY

Noble Airventures – Stow MA

Image Aviation – Oxford CT

Enjoy more photos of the fly-in event.

Dominion Aircraft Sales is the Regional Diamond Distribution Center (DRDC) for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast of the US that created and sponsors the Diamond Flight Center Development Program, the DiamondShare Program and the GlassPlane.com Network. Through its flight centers, partners and affiliates they provide an extensive and productive network for the sale of aircraft, training, brokerage services and membership access to aircraft. For more information or to gain access to the services of our member flight training organizations contact the company at 406-FLY-1NOW / 406-359-1669.




DA42-VI Debuts at Sun N Fun

GlassPilotGeneral, News, Pilot Reports

Provided by John Armstrong of Dominion Aircraft Sales:

We had the pleasure of providing the DA42-VI (Version Six) for its first showing at Sun N Fun 2014. The aircraft selected for this was the first DA42-VI brought into the US earlier last year. You can read all the posts about this special plane here. The DA42-VI represents the pinnacle of performance in the DA42 line so we thought our readers would enjoy reading about the delivery flight to Sun N Fun for the show.

Dave and Sue Passmore the proud owners of N42DA have already put over 180 hours on the aircraft in its first nine months. They have enjoyed trips to Canada, the mid-west and a wonderful trip to the Bahamas already. Sue completed her multi-engine rating so to say the least they are enjoying the capabilities and utility of their fabulous new aircraft.

Dave in fact has enjoyed the experience of sharing the unique capabilities of this aircraft so much he has joined Dominion Aircraft Sales as a Diamond Specialist to be a part of the team that helps folks learn more about the Diamond line of modern aircraft. “His experience of starting in a DA20, owning a DA40 and traveling to the Austrian plant to pickup and ferry the DA42-VI ‘across the pond’ gives him a unique ability to share real experience with those interested owning these modern magic carpets”, stated John Armstrong, President of Dominion Aircraft Sales. “We are delighted to have Dave on the team.”

Dave took off from Leesburg on the Monday just prior to Sun N Fun and stopped off in Raleigh Durham to pick up John Armstrong and his wife Mary Margaret. The unique thing was he had over 50 Knot winds at 3000 feet and gusts on the ground to 30 knots. The DA42 is a solid platform that easily handles challenging conditions and Dave enjoy fantastic tail winds with ground speeds over 200 knots.

We loaded up the three of us and all our bags and full tanks and launched headed to Lakeland. Since Dave is enjoying his recently earned CFI designation he gladly put me in the left seat and off we went. We had filed for 16,000 feet to do some performance testing and try out the on-board oxygen system. At startup its always a treat to experience the operation of the aircraft. You turn on the master and wait for a moment and then turn the key for the left engine. It starts immediately every time and purrs as such a low noise level you have to confirm its turning when you have your headset on. The run up on the Austro diesel engines with their FADEC control is fully automated. You press a button and it does it all for you and reports the results and you are ready to go.

With our fully loaded aircraft the first thing you notice in climb is how strong the climb rate it…we experienced 1000+ fpm climbs all the way to altitude at 92 percent power and 100kts. The turbo charged engines with their strong torque profile means that as we went up our performance increased.

Our first altitude stop in our IFR plan was at 10K feet. At that level we set for 75% power and enjoyed a 170kt cruise which is 195.5 MPH, with a 27 knot tailwind putting us right at 230 MPH ground speed. The burn at that level was only 13.2gph. The Statute mile per gallon economy was 14.8 MPG which is on par with many of the vehicles we drive but certainly don’t have two engines and don’t go over 200MPH! I adjusted the reclining seat and made note of the extra leg room over the DA40 configuration. The aircraft has an extremely comfortable traveling position in all the seats.
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Don’t miss the chance to acquire your dream plane and enjoy amazing 2013 tax savings


Many pilots don’t know this little secret…

The majority of rental aircraft they fly at their local flight schools are actually owned by pilot investors who placed the plane on “leaseback” with the school as an investment and potential tax savings strategy.

What is a Leaseback?

A leaseback is a common practice in the flight training business whereby an independent investor, typically a pilot or student pilot, acquires an aircraft and provides that aircraft for rental through their local flight school who acts as a marketing partner. This business arrangement has many advantages, some disadvantages and numerous things to know about regarding setup, tax savings, compliance and how to move to the next aircraft when the time comes. With all things considered it can be an ideal way for pilots to obtain all their ratings and do lots of flying with a very economically advantaged approach. It’s not for everyone, but if you have not yet explored the potential and you are considering or dreaming of aircraft ownership, you are trying to find a way to build lots of time, or you could really use some potential tax relief, this approach may be for you.

Why do pilots consider this approach?

There are some very simple motivations that support the industry system of leasebacks for flight schools.

1.)  The pilot plans to do a lot of training or flying and they are motivated to find reduce their cost of access to a plane.

2.) The pilot discovers the unique tax advantages of leasebacks and is motivated by the opportunity to reduce their taxable income while obtaining their aircraft and having others pay for it. This potential is extremely significant in many cases, especially in 2013.

3.) Often times they want to have access to a plane that is not available for rent in the local area. For example, say the pilot is getting involved with aviation and has already decided he wants to fly a modern glass panel aircraft, but there are not any at his local flight school. He buys one and leases it back, thus getting the plane he Read the rest of this entry »


Plane & Pilot Review of Diamond DA42-VI

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This excellent review of the new high performance version of Diamond’s jet fuel burning twin, the Diamond DA42-VI (aka the Version 6), was recently posted by Bill Cox of Plane&Pilot. Bill’s extensive experience provides a valuable perspective on this fully refined high tech twin. We hope you enjoy the read. Read the full article.


Diamond DA40 Tops The Best Of Luxury List For Piston Engine Aircraft.

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The judges at Best of Luxury, the authorities guide to affluent living (www.bestofluxury.com) sure know a good thing when they see it. That’s why they recently selected the Diamond DA40 XLS and Diamond Aircraft as the number one private aircraft provider for August 2013.

According to the company, the five benchmarks used to compare piston aircraft companies include safety, comfort, handling, reliability and performance. The Diamond DA40 came out on top in all five categories.

In the market for a new aircraft? Make sure you check out the DiamondShare Program. Learn about the popular, new approach to ownership combining the best in luxury with solid economics before you buy!


Flying the New Tundra Star

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During our trip to the Diamond Austrian Factory to pick up the first DA42-VI bound for the US, we had the opportunity to see up close all the projects and new products coming from the Diamond development team. The Diamond Tundra Stars were rolling off the line in volume with most headed to Russia for a large order there.

Christian Dries the owner of Diamond provided me the opportunity to fly this new DA40 variant and since I had flown the DA40 NG in the last year I was keen to compare and see what the new bird was all about.

The plane was designed to be the ideal training and personal aircraft for countries and areas where they need to operate from grass and unimproved runways routinely. The combination of that focus with the miserly JET-A burning Austro engine is what has made this an instant hit with large orders from such countries as Russia.

The stance of the plane is what catches one’s attention immediately. The gear is significantly higher and the large tundra tires with their anodized wheels really pop and look sharp.  It could easily win a DA40 Pimp My Ride Competition.

Entry in from the rear of the wing as they moved the step behind the wing. I presume this is to make the entry easier as the trailing edge is definitely lower than the top of the leading edge.

The now famous Diamond test pilot Fritz (aka Cowboy) provided me my intro flight and of course had fun showing off the plane. The first thing he had to do was show off the easy start operations…turn the key and go simplicity. To make  the point he turned it off and on 4 times quickly on the ramp just to stress that its really that easy with the smooth running diesels. Read the rest of this entry »


AOPA News: DiamondShare offers new take on sharing an airplane at Sun ‘n Fun

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Three Diamond Aircraft dealers have devised a program that may put a brand-new, four-seat aircraft within reach of many pilots who, for now, can only dream of owning a 2013 DA40 XLT (or XLS).

DiamondShare has been quietly working for about five years to refine Diamond dealer John Armstrong’s ownership-membership concept into a turn-key package that eases the burden of buying a $420,000 machine, by sharing ownership costs but not the equity.

“The difference between members and equity is night and day,” Armstrong said
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New Diamond Flight Center Development Council Kicks off East Coast Expansion

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Following the inaugural meeting of the Diamond Flight Center Development Council, John Armstrong, President of Dominion Aircraft Sales, announced the expansion of the Diamond Flight Center (DFC) network in the eastern part of the United States.  Dominion is the Diamond Regional Distribution Center serving that area.

Flight training schools from Kentucky, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia came together to form a special new peer group council focused on flight center development and success. They discussed best practices for flight training, launched new programs including DiamondShare and Lease & Learn, explored modern training tools, exchanged information about business operations and recognized outstanding achievements in flight center development.

“As part of our strategic plan for Diamond to continue to lead the way in modern flight training we are executing our aggressive program of expansion of the Diamond Flight Center network. Our select flight training partners are organizations who are committed to providing their customers with a high-quality learning experience in the safest, easiest to fly aircraft in the market,” says Armstrong. “Providing flight training in Diamond aircraft represents a significant profit potential for the flight centers because Diamonds have the best fuel economy and total cost of ownership among training aircraft today. Also, since the Diamond line includes a full range of aircraft from the DA20 primary trainer to the high-tech turbo diesel DA42 twin, it’s easy for customers to transition to more complex aircraft, and enjoy a seamless training experience to whatever level they aspire.”

Brant Howell of SML Aviation in Roanoke, Virginia and Danny Kane of Kane Aviation in Salem, Virginia were awarded the Top 2012 Achievement Award. In less than one year working as a team they converted from several old airplanes to a full Diamond fleet, including two DA20s (one is G500), a DA40 G1000 and the recent addition of a DA42. “Coupled with their advanced motion flight simulators and top-notch CFIs, these Diamond Flight Centers are providing the very best results and learning experience in flight training today,” says Armstrong. Read the rest of this entry »


ANN Selects Diamond’s DA40 XLS ‘Best Of The Breed’ 2012: GA ‘Plane Of The Year’

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As Seen on ANN – The Aircraft News Network

After Surviving A Tough Year, We Think There Are Still A Few Things To Celebrate
Final Compilations by ANN Editor-In-Chief/Roving Aeronaut, Jim Campbell

Each year, we put our heads together, look over reader input as well as our own reports and other sources of info and try to recognize the VERY BEST aircraft in a number of pivotal categories.

This particular series will cover the aircraft we consider to be the VERY BEST of the whole breed. In the past, we have broken these awards into a number of categories but the plain fact of the matter is while there is much to be thankful for as far as 2012 is concerned (the survival of the industry, most of all), there are few categories in which there were products that distinguished themselves sufficiently to permit such an award. So… we’re only going to offer awards to planes in categories in which there is a clear and pervasive winner.

But first, let’s start at the top with our Plane Of The Year (The Best Of Them All — Regardless of Category). As this year came to a close, we made some tough decisions as to what constitutes a “Best of Breed” and how wide we wanted to cast the net. As noted in past years, it struck us that naming an overall “best” aircraft across the entire spectrum of general (or sport) aviation is probably no longer reasonable. Which isn’t to say that we won’t make a selection… but that we reserve the right not to do so if no specific aircraft steps up to deserve the title. There are simply too many aircraft that have distinguished themselves in too many outstanding ways for one to readily be called better than the other on an overall basis and too much junk cluttering the aero-universe (confusing the issue), to boot.. and worse than that, there are some exceptional aircraft out there that are now built by companies that (in our opinion) have proven that they can no longer be trusted — and as good as their products have been in the past, the current state of the company leaves us no choice to but to discard ANY consideration of their products. In the case of Cirrus Aircraft, for instance, whose problems have been extensively documented, we simply do not trust the company as far as we could throw any of their product line… and while their current products were principally developed some time ago by far more talented people (in our opinion) than are running the Chinese-owned ship at the moment, we simply believe that an aircraft that is built by a company we do not trust, can not itself, be trusted — at least not with our family and/or friends on board.

Which brings us to the object of this year’s award… a solidly built little four seater built by a trustworthy company that has weathered a fair amount of tough times without selling its soul.

We speak, specifically, of the Diamond Aircraft DA40 XLS — an outstanding GA airplane with one of the most impressive safety records in recent times. With a modern glass cockpit and digital autopilot now available, the 150 knot DA40 XLS has a 720 nm range at 75% power, burning all of 10GPH — and can easily handle 20 kt crosswinds (and more… as I have personally confirmed for myself). Delightful handling, excellent low-speed manners, phenomenal crash-worthiness (despite comparatively few crashes to test such an attribute), incredible visibility, and lovely styling make the DA40 XLS a winner… even in an awful economy when justifying one’s flying dollars has become harder than ever. Read the rest of this entry »


Inside the Diamond Factory


The production capabilities of Diamond continue to be the most advanced of any aviation manufacturer. This video gives a further insight into the depth of their design and production capabilities.


Will the Top Seller Please Stand Up?

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In the business of selling aircraft, manufacturers often massage statistics of safety and performance to put there aircraft in the best light and this is to be expected. Hard cold stats of units sold is hard to massage and twist into a different representation so we thought we’d do a simple analysis of comparable aircraft of particular interest to us in the category of what are considered widely as “First Aircraft”. In other words the planes that folks coming into aviation would consider as suitable as their first aircraft that fit into a narrow band of performance (more than 140kts of speed, 4 seats and not considered High Performance or Retractible).

In the area of single engine 4 place aircraft that are sold in volume new as personal aircraft most would agree there are essentially three main aircraft. The Cessna 182T, the Cirrus SR20 and the Diamond DA40. We exclude the C172 because though it is a tried and true training aircraft, its speed limits it as a highly usable traveling aircraft on the same level as the three named above.

The chart above shows sales data for these three comparable models from 2004 through 2011.

Review of the numbers indicates something that many folks might not have guessed and that is the Diamond DA40 has been the top seller in the category 6 out of 8 years. The Cirrus SR20 for all its marketing hype, parachute and sales feet on the street has never topped the chart or out sold the DA40 and has been in third place in 5 of 8 years. Read the rest of this entry »