ebs757
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First Flight In A DA-40, What To Expect?

Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:33 pm

So im taking another intro next week at MDW with Midway Aviators and I am signed up for their DA-40 W/G1000
http://midwayaviators.com/rentals/n269ds.htm

What should I expect? Ive only flown a bunch of 172's and a few 152's. I understand it is a "stick" airplane but what about other things like space control etc.? Thanks a lot

Mike
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ebs757
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RE: First Flight In A DA-40, What To Expect?

Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:08 pm

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ajd1992
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RE: First Flight In A DA-40, What To Expect?

Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:12 am

I've done a flight in a DA-20, and i loved it. The probably aren't much different, but compared to a C172, they are really roomy. I'm pretty well built (my friends complain when i sit next to them on buses, and this is the girls!) and i found it really roomy. I learn in a PA-38 which is really wide inside because of the "bubble" cockpit, but i found the DA-20 wider.

One thing to be careful about if you burn easily is wear sun screen. I had 20 mins in the DA-20 and i came back sunburnt!
 
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RE: First Flight In A DA-40, What To Expect?

Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:00 pm

I have a few hours on the DA40, it is a good new generation single engine... low operating cost and it is quite easy to fly !
The early TDI models had some problems with the FADEC, the engine has caused a few problems especially with the fuel injector connectors,... ; but now it seems that everything is ok !
The 180hp model has of course better performance, especially take off roll distance and climb rate. Cruise speed at 5,000ft is 130kt at 75% power (~10 US gal/hour).

I think you will be happy with this light plane  Wink
 
ebs757
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RE: First Flight In A DA-40, What To Expect?

Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:01 pm

Thanks for the info guys! Much appreciated
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cabso1
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RE: First Flight In A DA-40, What To Expect?

Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:28 pm

You can ask A.net member Vio, who flies the DA-40, there should also be a couple of trip reports by him in the Trip report section in the DA-40

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