Good news. I have toured both factories and it is an interesting visit. They are all interesting to fly, although I have never flown the -62. Any opinions on how they compare to new Pipers and Cessna's in the same category?
While I haven't flown any of their other aircraft, the performance specs seem to put them above most of the competition. I'd love to see how the DA42 compares to a Seneca or Seminole. The fuel burn alone is impressive. The only concern I have is that the FADEC systems looks great and is a nice safety feature for a personal twin, but as a trainer, I worry that someone who's accustomed to two "idiot sticks" for throttles, without any form of carb heat, prop control and mixture control is getting a real dis-service in their training... especially if their next aircraft is something older and more complicated like a Navajo.
I just imagine some flight school in the future advertising a Carb Heat / Cowl Flap Checkout module.
A skilled aviation upholsterer with access to some ergonomic and orthopaedic foam should be able to correct the seat problem, with a next-to-zero weight penalty. I do know a guy...
Anywayze...Cowl flap(s) on the Diamond? Of course! A singular lower cowl vent could easily be accommodated. A minimum of three (3) stainless-steel rods, 12 Teflon bushings and other "assorted fittings and fasteners" and Bobs your Uncle! A Cowl Flap! It will just cost a few buck more.
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I have read about the cowl design leading to a lot of cracked cylinders. I did rent a C1 version in Chicago for a while and it needed a cylinder replacement(I did experience a slight engine miss prior to the replacement with a checkout instructor that he attributed to possibly the climb attitude creating a fuel flow issue that happened on occasion. We returned to the airport as a precaution).
After the cylinder replacement, I remember renting the aircraft two days in a row. It was winter and the OAT was near freezing each day. On the first day it was just above freezing so there was no winter kit installed and the oil temp was uncomfortably low. On the second day it was around minus 1 so the winter kit was installed to restrict airflow, resulting in the oil temperature at the max limit. I said perhaps they need to modify the size of the kit but was told that these are Diamond parts and modification is not allowed.