Diamond DA-40 Transition Checkout

Name: _____________________________________________       Date: __________________

Airplane Make/Model: ________________________________________________ 

Answer the following questions in the space provided, using the FARs, AIM, Chart Supplement, and POH. If you reference one of these sources for an answer, be sure to not it for your future reference.

1. What type and size (hp) engine does the Diamond Star have?

2. How are the control surfaces connected to the pedals and stick?

3. What controls the nose wheel steering?  

4. What is the purpose of the alternate static air valve and where is it located?

5. What is the purpose of the alternate air valve and where is it located?

6. When should the auxiliary fuel pump be used:  

7. What are the fuel selector positions and how do you turn it to “Off”:  

8. How many fuel drains are there and where are they located:  

9. Does this airplane have a fire extinguisher and, if so, where is it located:  

10.Provide the following information found in the POH regarding fuel and oil:

Total Fuel Capacity: ____ Gals   Usable Fuel: ____ Gals

Maximum permissible fuel imbalance: ____ gals

Grade of Fuel: ____   Color of Fuel: ____

Oil Capacity: ____   Minimum Oil: ____

Type & Weight of Oil: ____

11. If an engine indication on the G1000 is flashing, it indicates:

12. If the “START” annunciator is illuminated after engine start, it indicates:

13. What are the following instruments powered by: Pneumatic (Vacuum or Pressure), Pitot-Static, Electric, etc.

a) Standby Attitude Indicator:   ________

b) Standby Altimeter Indicator:         ________

c) Standby Airspeed Indicator:         ________

14. What is the normal system voltage?

15. How many batteries does the airplane have and what do they power?

16. What is the ESS Bus Switch and when do you use it?

17. What is an easy way to determine which systems the ESS Bus powers?

18. Can the starter be engaged with the Essential Bus Switch on?

19. How would an alternator malfunction be indicated?

20. What is the corrective action for alternator failure?

21. How long does the emergency standby battery last? Note: DO NOT BREAK COPPER TIES UNLESS AN ACUTAL EMERGENCY ARISES

22. What is the corrective action for low voltage warning light?

23. How should the throttle and propeller be adjusted shortly after takeoff?

24. The rear canopy must have the release handle lock engaged for takeoff?

True / False

25. The rear canopy may be opened in flight, e.g., for cooling or for photos?

True / False

26. What are all the different ways the autopilot can be disengaged?

27. For this airplane, what’s the maximum continuous power setting?

28. What’s the wing span and when might this present a problem?

29. Provide the following information for this airplane:

Maximum Takeoff Weight _______         Useful Load ________

Maximum Landing Weight _______         Empty Weight ________

30. How much weight can you put in the baggage compartment?

                                  Operating Speeds


VY    Takeoff Flaps

Cruise Climb Flaps Up

Normal Landing Landing Flaps

Minimum Landing Landing Flaps



VFE Landing

VFE Takeoff



Best Glide

Maximum Crosswind Component


31. What is the takeoff distance to clear a 50 foot obstacle on a standard day?

32. What is the landing distance to clear a 50 foot obstacle on a standard day?

33. What procedures should be used to adjust the RPM and Manifold pressure indications in the following configurations:

Takeoff:             _______________________________________________

Takeoff Climb:  _______________________________________________

Cruise:               _______________________________________________

Cruise Climb:    _______________________________________________

Traffic Pattern:  _______________________________________________

Landing:            _______________________________________________