Diamond DA20-A1 Katana

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Diamond DA20-A1 Katana
Image requested
Type Civil utility aircraft, Civil trainer aircraft
Configuration Low wing aircraft
Propulsion Piston aircraft, Single-engine aircraft
Manufacturer Diamond Aircraft
Author(s) Ron Jensen
--aircraft= DA20-A1
Status Under Developement
 Repository The development repository of the Diamond DA20-A1 Katana.

The DA20-A1 Katana is a single-engined, low wing, propeller-driven aircraft. It is used for pilot training.


A new and unfamiliar aircraft, it was interesting to review the Katana based on its reputation in the civil aviation market.

The model has a fairly well detailed interior and exterior. In fact the exterior is smooth and realistic in its appearance. The shaded and reflective windshield is a nice feature. Visibility is very good all round. Take off is straightforward and climb is good. I was surprised to see 140 kt on the dial during level flight, which makes it a good cross country machine. Cross checking with specifications confirmed a cruise speed of 138 kt. Handling was direct, and the aircraft was more stable than expected in flight.

Review by Openflight, 17 Sept 2015

Aircraft help

Key Function
Shift+0 Toggle battery switch
Shift+9 Toggle alternator switch
Shift+1 Toggle fuel pump
Shift+' Toggle strobe light
# Toggle landing light
Shift+4 Toggle taxi light
Shift+5 Toggle nav lights
Shift+6 Toggle avionics power


  1. Engage battery switch (up)
  2. Engage fuel pump switch (up)
  3. Set magnetos to both
  4. Engage starter switch (hold up till the propeller starts spinning)
  5. Once engine is running, engage alternator switch (up)