Diamond DA20-A1 Katana
|Type||Civil utility aircraft, Civil trainer aircraft|
|Configuration||Low wing aircraft|
|Propulsion||Piston aircraft, Single-engine aircraft|
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
|⇧ 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|
- Engage battery switch (up)
- Engage fuel pump switch (up)
- Set magnetos to both
- Engage starter switch (hold up till the propeller starts spinning)
- Once engine is running, engage alternator switch (up)