DV20/DA20 Katana "1991"

Role Very light jet
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft
First flight First prototype: 3 July 2008
Conforming prototype: 24 March 2014
First production: 5 May 2016
Status In production
Produced December 2016–present
Number built 200 delivered (July 2020

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DV20/DA20 Katana "1991"

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DV20/DA20 Katana "1991"

The Diamond DV20/DA20 Katana is an Austrian-designed two-seat tricycle gear general aviation light aircraft. Developed and manufactured by Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft, it was originally produced in Austria as the DV20.

The DV20 shares many features from the earlier Diamond HK36 Super Dimona. It was introduced to service during 1993. During the 1990s, production of the type was commenced at a new facility in Canada in order to meet demand for the type within the North American market. The Canadian-produced aircraft are designated as the DA20. It has been a relative success on the market, having sold in excess of 1,000 aircraft by 2008 and multiple improved variants of the DA20 have been developed. Additionally, it has been further developed into the four-seat Diamond DA40 Diamond Star.


The Diamond DA20 Katana is a low-wing cantilever monoplane, commonly operated as a low-cost two-seat trainer aircraft. According to Flight International, it has been considered to be relatively unorthodox amongst trainers, utilising a design that makes heavy use of the manufacturer’s prior glider products. The Katana benefits in the training role from its relative ease of handling and responsive controls. In comparison to traditional trainer aircraft, it has been marketed as substantially reducing the associated fuel and maintenance costs of operation, while providing favourable flight qualities and the necessary range for trainees to gain experience with. For a time, the Katana was the only two-seat composite training aircraft available that offered both low costs and incorporated advanced technologies, giving it an effective niche in the sector.

The Katana has several distinctive features, including its all-composite construction, low-mounted wing, T-tail arrangement, and a castoring nosewheel.



The DA20 is popular with flight training schools and is also operated by private individuals. Moncton Flight College in New Brunswick, Canada operates a fleet of 35 Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipses.





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Diamond DV20/DA20 Katana "1991"

DV20-A1 Katana
Austrian-built development of the Diamond HK36 Super Dimona motorglider, 
DA20-A1 Katana
Canadian-built DV20. Powered by a 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912 and introduced in 1995.
DA20-100 Katana 100
Factory refurbished and re-engined Katana for the European market. Powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912S. Introduced in 1999.
DA20-C1 Katana and Katana Eclipse
Name used in marketing and some 1998 year model planes


Crew: one

Capacity: one passenger

Length: 7.16 m (23 ft 6 in)

Wingspan: 10.87 m (35 ft 8 in)

Height: 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)

Empty weight: 528 kg (1,164 lb)

Gross weight: 800 kg (1,764 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Continental IO-240-B3B four cylinder 

Cruise speed: 256 km/h (159 mph, 138 kn)

Stall speed: 83 km/h (52 mph, 45 kn)

Range: 1,013 km (629 mi, 547 nmi) with 30 minute reserve

Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,120 ft)

Rate of climb: 5.1 m/s (1,000 ft/min)

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provided the Academy Flight Screening (AFS) program for the United States Air Force Academy in DA20-C1 Falcons, which were specially ordered with slightly smaller fuel tanks to save weight and primary flight instruments on the right side of the aircraft. Embry-Riddle operated a fleet of DA-20s at the Academy.[20] The AFS program was discontinued in 2007.