Still, the time I have spent flying the Diamond has been some of the best in the 25 years since my first solo as a teenager in a Piper Cub. A big part of the reason is how simple the DiamondShare program is. For a typical flight, I schedule a block of time online, which is usually not a problem owing to the fact that there are only three other pilots sharing the airplane with me. We’re each allowed a maximum of four reservations at any time, so finding an open slot is easy. Next I head out to the airport, open the hangar door and start my preflight of an airplane that is always cleaned and fueled, courtesy of whoever flew last.