Photo caption: Dr. Greg Van Patten, Trevor Mustard, and Dr. Chaminda Prelis, with a delegation from MTSU at Sun ‘n Fun. Image: Diamond Aircraft

Diamond Aircraft has delivered eight new DA40 XLT aircraft to the Middle Tennessee State University aviation programme.

The newly acquired aircraft are in addition to the existing fleet of DA40 single engine trainers which have been the backbone of the MTSU flight department since 2003.

Dr. Chaminda Prelis, Chair of the Department of Aerospace at MTSU: “The expansion of our fleet allows us to accommodate the unprecedented growth we are experiencing. Additionally, a newer fleet gives our students a training experience in technologically advanced aircraft that will enhance their career prospects.”

Trevor Mustard, Head of Sales and Marketing, Diamond Aircraft Canada, added: “We’ve been incredibly honoured to have partnered with MTSU over the past 20 years. The success of the program is evident in their continued growth and expansion. We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts for many years to come.”

The DA40 XLT has been the best-selling Diamond Aircraft model (by volume) over the company’s 40 year history. Powered by the 180HP Lycoming IO-360 piston engine, the DA40 XLT has proven itself to be a reliable training aircraft with superb safety and rugged dependability. The all-composite DA40 provides a platform which is easily maintained and repairable, corrosion resistant with no life limit restrictions on the airframe components and a leading choice for flight training academies.

Diamond Aircraft’s flight training solution

Diamond’s product line includes a dedicated flight training concept with Single Engine Piston (DA40 NG, DA40 XLT) and Multi Engine Piston (DA42-VI) trainers, along with type-specific flight training simulators and proprietary jet-fuel engines.

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