Saturday, 26 September 2009

Rotax Katana

I'll be spending some of the weekend writing up a flight test on the Diamond Katana. It's been at least thirteen years since I've flown a Katana, and back then it was one that was powered by an 80hp rather than 100hp engine.

As with all other Diamonds, the handling is solid safe - a fairly slow roll rate with those long wings, but very, very safe when it comes to stalling characteristics. The price for the DV20, which is certified as a VLA, in (very) basic form, is sub €99,000. That's more expensive than other VLAs, but I don't doubt that it will hold up better than some in the tough rental market.

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