The Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) commissioned its fleet of a new generation trainer airplane. The Diamond DA40 (Diamond Star) is an Austrian four-seat, single engine, light aircraft constructed from composite materials. DA40 has a built-in Garmin G1000 (commonly called a “glass cockpit”) which is an integrated flight instrument system that typically composed of two display units, one serving as a primary flight display, and one as a multi-function display – found in most modern aircraft.
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Diamond DA 40 has a wingspan of 11.9 meters and is powered by a 4 cylinders Textron Lycoming air-cooled, horizontally-opposed engine which can deliver 180BHP at 2700 rpm (135 kW) and a MT Propellers MTV-12-B/180-17. Maximum take-off weight of 1200 kg (2646 lb). The fly-away cost of a DA40 is around 400,000 Singapore Dollars.
The Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) was established in December 1971 as the Junior Flying Club by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). As of Feb 2011, the SYFC fleet consists of: 13 Diamond DA40, 2 PAC CT/4E Airtrainer and 5 Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II.