Diamond DA62

Diamond Aircraft paid a visit to my local airport to show off their new twin, the DA62.

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That’s a sleek looking aircraft to be sure. This model had the Garmin G1000 instrument panel, which is another handsome feature.

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Having used the G1000, I can say it has all the features that make flying that much easier, safer, and fun. Note the center control stick, which is rather unique these days. I’ve flown with both a yoke and a stick, actually prefer the stick. Even from the flip side, this airplane has lots of style as you see in the next photo.

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Here’s another perspective just for fun.

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It will be interesting to see how this airplane performs in the marketplace. There’s plenty of competition. Looking forward to a ride someday, too. Always do your checklist.

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KSBY and KOXB

Took a nice cross-country flight the other day. Winged down through Delaware to Salisbury, MD and then over to Ocean City. Here’s a look at Salisbury’s airport, KSBY:

Salisbury, MD, USA airport, KSBY.

Salisbury, MD, USA airport, KSBY.

There was still snow on the ground, making the field a little difficult to pick out from a distance. Nice tower controllers there by the way. Then here’s a look at Ocean City airport, right in from the beach:

Ocean City, MD, USA airport, KOXB.

Ocean City, MD, USA airport, KOXB.

Visibility was not the best throughout the whole flight. Couldn’t climb up as high as I like to for a better view. I did make it across the mouth of the Delaware Bay for a stop at Cape May Airport, too. Sorry, no photo this time. Nonetheless, the Diamond DA-40 performed like a champ in the frigid air, giving good economy and speed. Another great flight in the log book.

Cold Weather Flying

Had the pleasure of doing some cold weather flying. The air was clear, making visibility easy. Snow on the ground can cause a different kind of glare. Here’s a look at Lancaster Airport (KLNS).

Lancaster Airport (KLNS) from Diamond DA-40.

Lancaster Airport (KLNS) from Diamond DA-40.

Picking out the airport from a fair distance is a little more difficult, especially among the ¬†fields. Nonetheless, the flights were great. Here’s another look at Lancaster’s runway.

Runway at Lancaster Airport, KLNS.

Runway at Lancaster Airport, KLNS.

Airplane performance was absolutely fantastic in the cold air. Plenty of power, fast rate of climb, and an easy, fuel-sipping cruz. Will be up in the air again soon. Can’t wait. Always do your checklist.

Just flying along…

One of the joys of VFR flight is cruising along. You get to see everything down there from way up here.

Over Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.

You can sit back and let the autopilot do most of the work while you take in the scenery. And even in a small airplane, you’re still getting where you want to go at around two nautical miles per minute. Not bad. Not bad at all.