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by CFIDave
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Public forum
Topic: DA40 price
Replies: 17
Views: 894

Re: DA40 price

The value of good used DA40s went up over the last 2-3 years, but has come down slightly since the pandemic started. Your estimate of $180K-200K for a 2005 DA40 might be the asking price but not necessarily the sales price.
by CFIDave
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: IFR Currency for Jack - KSMX KPRB KSBA (Full ATC)
Replies: 10
Views: 417

Re: IFR Currency for Jack - KSMX KPRB KSBA (Full ATC)

FWIW, the DA62 has a somewhat similar center console keypad/control panel (Garmin GCU 476) for controlling the G1000 NXi -- I ordered it as an option on my plane but almost never use it, mostly because of the confusing modal issue you're describing. While it lacks the autopilot controls of the Cirru...
by CFIDave
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: NG vs XLS
Replies: 27
Views: 2573

Re: NG vs XLS

It might deserve a separate thread, but can someone expound on the differences between the XLS and the XLT. I can't find much of anything showing the upgrades. The answer is actually very simple: Starting in 2013, the DA40 XLT includes a vastly-improved interior with more woodgrain on the center co...
by CFIDave
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: NG vs XLS
Replies: 27
Views: 2573

Re: NG vs XLS

But the NG is singularly the leader among DA40's in off-airport landings due to powerplant issues (it doesn't really matter if it's "merely" the intake hose popping off). It *DOES* matter that it's due to the intake hose popping off, because this is now well-understood and easily avoided. The cause...
by CFIDave
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Question about the backup battery.
Replies: 27
Views: 1153

Re: Question about the backup battery.

Rather than a Garmin GI-275, the Mid-Continent Instr & Avionics MD-302 SAM (standby attitude module) is already a certified option on new DA42s and DA40s, and standard on the DA62. https://www.flysam.com It's not cheap (more than $8K + installation) but eliminates the need to replace battery packs e...
by CFIDave
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Public forum
Topic: DA42 TDI rudder heavy/yaw
Replies: 10
Views: 651

Re: DA42 TDI rudder heavy/yaw

The position of the rudder trim knob is meaningless, since a centered knob does not necessarily mean a centered rudder trim tab -- due to variability in cable adjustment during and after assembly. When I owned a DA42 I had the knob re-set so that a centered knob equalled a centered trim tab. A bette...
by CFIDave
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Public forum
Topic: DA42 TDI rudder heavy/yaw
Replies: 10
Views: 651

Re: DA42 TDI rudder heavy/yaw

DA42 TDI's and DA42-VI's fly similarly -- not much rudder required on either model. Perhaps the plane you flew had flight controls that were mis-rigged?
by CFIDave
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Public forum
Topic: DA42 TDI rudder heavy/yaw
Replies: 10
Views: 651

Re: DA42 TDI rudder heavy/yaw

It's not normal. The only times you should need continuous right rudder are during takeoff/climb to counter torque/p-factor, and occasionally when taxiing on the ground with a crosswind causing the plane to weathervane up into the wind. If the plane is constantly requiring right rudder in cruise, tu...
by CFIDave
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Engine out practice in a DA40NG
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Engine out practice in a DA40NG

So with the Low Power Correction on the Austro Engine it turns out you can't practice engine out maneuvers to a high altitude airport. My home field, Driggs, Idaho is at 6200 ft elevation and typically start maneuvers at 8500 ft. Pulling the power back to idle gets you about 20% power. I never real...
by CFIDave
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Engine out practice in a DA40NG
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Engine out practice in a DA40NG

You don't want to add any power for engine out practice. If you lose your engine in a single, the prop is likely to windmill, which creates as much drag as a solid disc with the same diameter as your prop (i.e., a LOT of drag). With the throttle of an operating engine brought back to idle to simulat...