Blue Sky Aviation And Partner Doss Aviation Win Contract
The Diamond DA40 CS Diamond Star has been selected for the
Powered Flight Program at the United States Air Force Academy
(USAFA). Twenty Diamond DA40 CS aircraft have been ordered, with
deliveries to begin in early 2009.
The USAFA Powered Flight Program is an airmanship course that
incorporates both academic study and flight training to introduce
cadets to the core aviation mission of the United States Air
The 557th Flight Training Squadron will operate the aircraft
from the USAFA at Colorado Springs, Colorado, under a contract
managed by primary contractor Blue Sky Aviation and its partner
"We are very excited to have been chosen for this contract and
for the opportunity to provide cadet flight instruction in our new
DA40s," said Anthony Sweet, President of Blue Sky Aviation.
Ken Smith, President and CEO of Doss Aviation, Inc. added, "This
is a fantastic opportunity for us. We have enjoyed a great
relationship for several years with Diamond Aircraft and the United
States Air Force Academy. It's a great win for our team and an even
greater win for the Academy's flight training program."
The Diamond DA20 two-seat aircraft was flown in the USAFA
Introductory Flight Training program from 2002-2007. Today, all
USAF pilot and combat weapon system officer candidates receive
primary flight training in the DA20 as part of the USAF Initial
Flight Screening program at Pueblo, Colorado, operated by Doss
"Diamond Aircraft is honored by the selection of the DA40 CS and
our continued association with the United States Air Force
Academy," said David Moser, Director of Fleet Sales at Diamond
Aircraft. "Through the Powered Flight Program, cadets will be
exposed to a modern aircraft, with cutting edge avionics, very
early in their military careers."
The DA40, a four-seat, single engine, all composite, technically
advanced aircraft, features the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, making
it well-suited for primary and instrument flight training.