UNSW School of Aviation Expands Diamond Fleet

The deal also includes a sponsorship agreement for the school’s electric vehicle racing development team.

Australia’s University of New South Wales School of Aviation (UNSW Aviation) is adding six new Diamond DA40 XLT single-engine piston airplanes to its fleet.

The deal was announced by Diamond Aircraft in partnership with the company’s distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Utility Air. As part of the arrangement, Utility Air has also agreed to sponsor the school’s electric vehicle racing development team.

“To be able to sell a fleet of aircraft to UNSW Aviation is wonderful, and to be able to sponsor the development of electric propulsion at the university further enhances our green credentials, something we take very seriously at Utility Air,” said Utility Air managing director Stephen Pembro.

The new DA40 XLTs will join eight DA40s operated by UNSW Aviation. The aircraft will be based out of Bankstown Airport (YSBK) in Sydney, where UNSW Aviation’s flying operations unit is located. Diamond expects to deliver four of the aircraft in 2024 and the remaining two in 2025.

“UNSW Aviation is delighted to continue our strong relationship with Utility Air and Diamond Aircraft Industries with the purchase of six DA40 XLT [airplanes],” said UNSW director of flying operations Malcolm Good. “[It’s] a fantastic addition to our existing fleet of DA40s to enable UNSW Aviation to deliver safe and effective flying training to the next generation of aviation leaders.”

Introduced in 2013, the avgas-burning Diamond DA40 XLT piston single is powered by a 180 hp Lycoming IO-360 M1-A engine. The aircraft offers a top cruise speed of 142 knots, 847 nm range, fuel consumption of 8.2 gallons per hour, and maximum useful load of 900 pounds. It comes equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics.


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