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Diamond DA-20 Katana

Diamond DA-20 Katana


The Diamond DV20/DA20 Katana is a two-seater light aircraft, with low wings. It is developed and built by Diamond Aircraft. It was originally produced in Austria under the type number DV20. The aircraft produced in Canada is designated DA20. The aircraft is a further developed version of the Diamond HK36 Super Dimona.

The DA20 sold relatively well. The aircraft is mainly used as a trainer. By 2008, about 1000 aircraft have been sold and the aircraft has been further developed into the four-seat DA40 Diamond Star.

Brand Diamond
Type DA-20 Katana
Pilots 1
Passengers 1
Maximum Take Off Weight 800 kg
Empty weight 528 kg
Payload 272 kg
Cruising speed 138 knots (256 km/h)
Stall speed 45 knots (83 km/h)
Maximum distance 1013 km
Fuel Capacity 91 liter
Maximum altitude 13120 feet (3999 m)
Span 10.9 m
Height 7.2 m
ICAO code DA20

These specifications are intended to give you an idea of the Diamond DA-20 Katana. They cannot be used for flight preparation. Often there are many different types of aircraft released with varying specifications and prices. Check the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) if you want to know the exact values of the aircraft you are going to fly. Your flight instructor will be happy to help you with this.

Frequently asked questions about the Diamond DA-20 Katana

How far can a Diamond DA-20 Katana fly?

The range is about 1,013 kilometres. The distance also depends on how fast you fly and whether there is much wind. A possible diversion to another airport is also taken into account.

How much does a Diamond DA-20 Katana weigh?

Empty the aircraft weighs about 528 kg. Including fuel, passengers and baggage, the aircraft must not weigh more than 800 kg. The maximum amount of fuel, passengers and baggage that can be carried is 272 kg.

Flying in a Diamond DA-20 Katana

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About Eveline van den Boom

The author of this article is Eveline van den Boom. In 2006, she received her first flying lesson as a birthday present; a beautiful flight over Rotterdam. That tasted like more!

In 2010, she got her PPL licence in Lelystad. In 2011, an aircraft was purchased: an Aero AT-3. This aircraft is still flying in the fleet with callsign PH-EVB.

She wrote the theory books "Theory of Flying" and "Theory helicopter flying". These can be ordered with your flying lesson and are also separately for sale on

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