N972RD

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Our primary plane is a 2007 Diamond Twinstar (DA42). It has two diesel engines, three-bladed MT propellers, and a Garmin G1000 avionics suite. We took delivery of it when one of the engines had 950 hours and the other had just 50 hours. The asymmetry was because the right engine had been replaced, under warranty, when the block warped. That made it a bit of an odd duck on the market. John Armstrong at Lifestyle Aviation was the dealer and made a rather daunting process simple and easy.

Moving up to multi-engine flying has been a great adventure.

We flew it for two hundred hours and then brought it to the factory where over three months they did some major upgrades:

After flying it home from the factory it had an interesting AHRS failure on the first long family trip, but we got that straightened out.

And, from the week we took delivery, we continue to nudge it along toward being the perfect machine to take us into the sky and across the country. This has included some simple things, including:

We have excellent mechanics take care of the plane, and use Sporty’s Breakdown Service when we are away from home. We are always working out what we need to carry with us.