Sporty, sleek, exciting

Imagine taking your favourite sports car and adding wings. That's the feeling you get when you strap into the two seat DA20-C1 and take to the sky. Sporty, sleek and exciting, yet surprisingly affordable, the DA20 offers outstanding performance, with impressive durability and economy, for personal flying and commercial training.

DA20 at a glance:

  • Tough, reliable, low fuel burn
  • Lowest cost certified trainer
  • Spin certified
  • US Air Force flight screening
  • Continental Motors 125hp IO240
  • Excellent performance
  • Garmin G500 Glass Cockpit
  • Great looks, sporty cockpit

The DA20’s graceful lines and sporty looks belie its utility and durability. An incredibly fun aircraft to fly, the DA20-C1 earns its stripes in worldwide high utilization flight training day in and day out. It has been the standard and sole US Airforce pilot candidate initial flight screening aircraft for the past decade – enough said?

Flight schools worldwide appreciate the DA20’s robustness, performance, ramp appeal and economy of operation. It’s used to train from first flight through night VFR and IFR (in VMC), including instructor ratings, thanks to the spin certification.

Its generous useful load, even well equipped, ample fuel capacity and comfortable cockpit make it a favorite of instructors, students and flight school operators alike. In continuous production for over 20 years, the DA20 has more than proven itself, with the accumulated experience of millions of flight hours, flown in all operating extremes, shaping the current model. Unless you absolutely need 4 seats, the DA20-C1 is the best trainer value on the market, bar none.

For private pilots, the pure exhilaration of flight in a DA20, coupled with convenient ground handling, low maintenance and operating costs, means that it’s easy to enjoy flying anytime, alone or with a friend.

For leaseback owners, the DA20 is a perfect aircraft as its low cost of operation and popularity ensure the highest possible utilization, the key ingredient to successful leaseback operations. The demand for used DA20’s and their high resale value make it easy when it’s time to move on.

Download the Brochure

How To Buy

To receive a price quotation or to learn more about any of our aircraft or services, including Diamond Finance, please click the button below.

How to Buy


With a fighter-like canopy, offering easy access to the cockpit, responsive center-stick pushrod controls and comfortable bucket seats, the DA20 will put a smile on any pilot’s face. It has pleased some of the world’s toughest customers, including the United States Air Force for over 15 years. Boasting a sea-level climb rate of 1,000 fpm, a cruise of over 130 ktas, and a take-off distance of only 1,600 feet over a 50 foot obstacle, the DA20’s performance shines, even at high density altitudes.  Spin certified and with a slow 45 kcas stall speed, the DA20 is not only sporty, but stable – and has a demonstrated cross wind landing component of 20 knots!

The sporty cockpit is one of the most comfortable and intuitive in its class thanks to ergonomically designed seats, available leather or sheepskin seating surfaces with 4 point inertia reel safety harnesses and a professional instrument panel with top quality equipment and materials throughout. The DA20 canopy and rear windows, together with a forward seating position relative to the wing, offer incredible outward visibility to help you navigate, spot other traffic and above all, enjoy the flight. Composite construction means strength and durability for the long run – including no defined structural life limit airframe. The smooth, rivet free construction dramatically reduces drag, saves weight and resists bumps and scrapes. The low maintenance polyurethane topcoat and underlying epoxy primer will keep your DA20 looking sharp for years.  Far more resistant to hangar rash than sheet aluminum aircraft, the DA20’s composite airframe is easily repaired if the unexpected happens.

Aerodynamic and tough, the rugged spring aluminum main landing gear and elastomeric-shock nose gear are tough enough for flight training and are virtually maintenance free. The optional aerodynamic wheel fairings add speed, fuel economy and overall good looks.

The DA20 has an integrated safety cell, surrounding the cockpit and vital systems for excellent crashworthiness and flammable fluid fire protection.

The airframe is modular and all replacement parts, from control surfaces to entire wings and other major assemblies can be replaced individually, in case of damage, minimizing cash draining AOG situations.


The fuel injected 125 hp Continental Motors IO-240 with 2-blade fixed pitch propeller, installed in the DA20-C1, offers excellent climb and cruise performance, even at higher density altitudes. This reliable and well proven conventional AVGAS engine has logged millions of flight hours, is well known to technicians everywhere, with ready access to parts and service worldwide.

The engine installation is designed for durability and easy maintenance with crackproof composite forward and aft baffles, robust stainless steel exhaust, easy access to filters and regular maintenance items, and quickly removable cowlings.


The DA20’s instrumentation and avionics are designed for safety, positive learning transfer, reliability and value.

The current version of the DA20-C1 is equipped with the latest industry leading avionics by Garmin, new and improved engine gauges and centrally located conventional standby instrumentation for conventional and partial panel training.

The standard Garmin G500 combines a high-resolution primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD) in one 10-inch wide bezel to bring the basic training cockpit into the 21st century and provides a great foundation for anyone moving up to Garmin’s G1000. A comprehensive list of options let you select exactly what you need and nothing you don’t.

Safety by Design

Diamond’s industry-leading safety record is the result of our commitment to protecting you and your passengers with a long list of active and passive safety features.

Active safety features help to avoid accidents in the first place, the first and most important line of defence.

Passive safety features are designed to minimize the probability and degree of injury, in case the unexpected happens.

The DA20 offers the ultimate in handling, stability and control, ease of operation plus structural and system redundancies, all coupled with a high degree of crashworthiness.

Standard Features and Options

Airframe & Powerplant

  • 125hp Continental Motors IO-240-B32B engine
  • Sensenich 2 blade fixed pitch propeller
  • All composite airframe structure
  • Fixed flat leaf aluminum spring main landing gear
  • Fixed steel nose landing gear
  • Electric flap system
  • 26g cabin and seats
  • Sheepskin seat cushions


  • Inertia reel seat belts
  • Adjustable rudder pedals
  • 14 VDC power outlet
  • Canopy lining
  • LED position and strobe lights
  • Rear baggage area


  • GARMIN G500 glass cockpit with:
  • GTN635 GPS/COM
  • GTX 345 Mode S Transponder (ADS-B In and Out)
  • PS Engineering PM 1000 intercom
  • UMA engine instrumentation
  • Standby Instruments (Air Speed Indicator & Altimeter)
  • 406 Mhz ELT

Avionics Options

  • Garmin GMA340 (replaces PM1000), 1.1 lbs
  • Garmin GTN650 GPS/COM/NAV (replaces GTN635), 0.8 lbs
  • Garmin GTR225 VHF COM (number 2 com), 3 lbs
  • Avidyne TAS600 Traffic Advisory System, 15 lbs
  • Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), 0 lbs
  • Stand-by attitude indicator, 2.5 lbs

Airframe Options

  • Premium leather interior, 0 lbs
  • Wheel fairings, 7 lbs
  • “Push to Engage” ignition system, 0 lbs
  • External power unit receptacle, 2.5 lbs
  • Engine pre-heater, 1.5 lbs
  • Heated pitot, 0.5 lbs


Specifications subject to change without notice. Always consult the Aircraft Flight Manual.


  • Max Take-off Weight1,764 lbs
  • Max Ramp Weight1,770 lbs
  • Max Zero Fuel Weight:N/A
  • Max Landing Weight:1,764 lbs
  • Standard Empty Weight11,180 lbs
  • Useful Load1584 lbs
  • Max Fuel Weight1, 2144 lbs
  • Full Fuel Payload1, 2440 lbs
  • Notes:
  • 1 Weights and Loads shown are for standard configuration. Selection of optional features may affect these weights. S/N specific Production variances can occur. 1, 2 Fuel density assumed at 6 lbs / USG


  • Fuel Capacity24.5 USG
  • Fuel, Unusable0.5 USG



  • Vne164 KIAS
  • Vr44 KIAS
  • Vf1 (T/O)100 KIAS
  • Vf2 (LDG)78 KIAS
  • Max Demonstrated Cross Wind20 kts

Cruise Performance

  • Max Speed130+ KTAS @ MCP (Sea Level, ISA)
  • Cruise Speed130 KTAS @ 75% / 6.9 gph (4,000 ft, ISA+100C)
  • Max Endurance15.1 hrs @ 45% Power / 4.7 gph (12,000 ft, ISA)
  • Max Range1544 nm @ 52% Power / 5.2 gph (12,000 ft, ISA)

1 No reserve.

Runway Performance

  • T/O Dist @ MTOW (grnd roll / over 50 ft obst)1,256 ft / 1,640 ft
  • LDG Dist @ MTOW (grnd roll / over 50 ft obst)661 ft / 1,360 ft

Climb Performance

  • 930 fpm @ 100% power1Sea Level, ISA

1 @ 1,600lbs


  • Certified Ceiling, Normal Ops13,120 ft

Range Map

Click the map at your departure point.
Note: Map is not for navigational purposes. Assumes no reserve, extended range tanks.

Power (%)
Altitude (ft)
Range (nm)
Time (hrs)
Speed (kts)
Fuel Flow (US gal / hr)

How To Buy

To receive a price quotation or to learn more about any of our aircraft or services, including Diamond Finance, please click the button below.

How to Buy