Austrian manufacturer Diamond Aircraft Industries has displayed a mock-up of a four-seat addition to its Katana aircraft family for the first time.

The DA 40 Katana is set for its maiden flight by July, and Diamond hopes to certificate it to European JAR 23 standards by the end of 1998.

Diamond says that the aircraft is "principally intended for instrument flight rules [IFR] flight training". The all-composite aircraft will be available with a choice of three powerplants: the 90kW (120hp) Rotax 914, 93kW Teledyne Continental IO-240 or 123kW Textron Lycoming IO-360. The Rotax and Lycoming variants each have constant-speed propellers, while the Continental version is driven by a fixed-blade propeller.

Source: Flight International