Diamond Aircraft has returned the two-seat DA20 to production status on the back of what the company says in high demand for training aircraft.
Diamond last reported shipments of the DA20 in the October-December quarter of 2018, concentrating since on the DA40 as its single-engine training option.
“We are excited to re-introduce the brand new DA20-C1,” says Scott McFadzean, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries in an announcement sent out on Friday. “Our innovative DNA is of course incorporated into the new aircraft, which showcases the latest Garmin avionics.”
The DA20-C1 has been re-equipped with Garmin G500TXi avionics and is being offered with a 125-hp Continental O-240 engine only. Previous models have been available with a Rotax engine as an option.
The DA20 has amassed 7 million hours across the 100-strong fleet worldwide, largely as a trainer. Importantly, the DA20 is approved for spin training whereas the DA40 is not.
Diamond delivered the first new DA20s in August this year and is taking orders for delivery in 2021.