We are proud to announce that we have ordered the Diamond DA42, an elite twin-engine aircraft equipped with a Garmin G1000 avionics system, from the Diamond factory in Ontario, Canada.
The DA42 will be the first new major multi-engine aircraft type introduced into LTF’s fleet since we started flying the Piper Seminole. This acquisition provides us with the ability to replace our older, less efficient aircraft and deliver better quality training to our students. We believe students should have as many options as possible when it comes to flight training.
Training with the Learn to Fly Diamond aircraft has several benefits for students. Here are our top five reasons why you should give it a try!
1. AMAZING SPECS!
The DA42 truly is a next-generation aircraft — it combines all the newest innovations to create a capable, robust aircraft that turns heads. To be precise, the DA42 is carbon fibre, FADEC-controlled, jet-fuel-sipping, twin-engine, glass cockpit, 1000 nm-range, not-so-furry little monster.
2. ADVANCED AVIONICS
The Garmin G1000 avionics system is complimented by several avionic options to suit almost any need and is usually only available on much more expensive aircraft. The advanced avionics and day and night weather capability offered by the aircraft means that a full variety of flying experiences await.
For instance, there are very few planes that perform well enough to fly comfortably across the Atlantic at a lower altitude as well as through varied terrain. And you will get to revel in every moment thanks to the panoramic wrap-around canopy and generous rear windows.
At Learn to Fly, safety is our priority. It’s only fitting that Diamond aircraft has one of the strongest safety records of any light aircraft in the general aviation industry today. Furthermore, aspiring airline pilots and private pilots alike can enjoy the impressive cross-country performance and safety of the DA42 twin-piston without the additional costs often associated with having a second engine — fuel, maintenance, etc.
4. ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION
The DA42 is equipped with the eco-friendly, fuel-saving and powerful aircraft diesel engines. These engines have less than half the fuel burn (approximately 46%) of conventional gasoline engines, and so, the associated costs to the student are dramatically reduced.
5. ACHIEVE YOUR MULTI-ENGINE ENDORSEMENT RATING
Thanks to the Diamond DA42, those hoping to become airline pilots can gain considerable experience with similar flight approaches, procedures, and conditions similar to those encountered by light jets and turboprops. And so, this is one of the best aircraft options when pursuing your Multi-Engine Endorsement rating.
LTF IS THE ONLY VICTORIAN DIAMOND TRAINING SCHOOL
The purchase represents a new chapter for LTF, with the DA42 becoming a valuable addition to our fleet. It will allow students to complete their Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL), and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training on the DA40 and smoothly transition onto the DA42 for their Multi-Engine Endorsement training. We will also be ordering more Diamond D40 aircraft and another DA42 this year, and aim to expand our diamond fleet to 10 by 2019.
Our expanding fleet of Diamond aircraft will be used, alongside our other Sling aircraft, to train the next generation of commercial pilots.