The Ecuador Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana or FAE) has selected the Diamond DA20-C1 as its new primary flight training aircraft. The new fleet of DA20s, currently in production at Diamond Aircraft's London, Ontario, Canada manufacturing facility, will be operated by FAE's Air Force Academy “Cosme Rennella” at Salinas Air Base in Salinas, Ecuador. Deliveries start February 2012.
After an extensive evaluation of several FAR Part 23 certified and light sport aircraft (LSAs), FAE selected the all-composite, two-seat DA20 because of its industry leading safety record, low operating costs and proven durability in high-utilization flight training environments.
“We are proud to have been selected by FAE to provide its new primary flight training fleet. The DA20 is ideal for the mission,” said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft. “While the FAE pilot candidates will appreciate the visibility offered by the fighter-like canopy, the responsive flight characteristics, high useful load and the latest Garmin G500 glass cockpit, the Air Force will appreciate low operating costs, proven safety, high dispatch reliability and factory support.” The contract includes a complete support program to FAE, including spare parts and on-site support, along with flight instructor and maintenance training.
The DA20-C1 is a FAR Part 23 certified, two-seat, spin certified, all composite aircraft, available with either standard avionics or glass cockpit options. The best selling two seater's popularity is due to the cost effectiveness, reliability, durability, and safety, proven in over 2.5 million flight hours at leading military, collegiate, and private flight training academies around the world.
- Diamond DA20 training fleet selected by Ecuador Air Force