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the craft fleet

CRAFT manages a well-maintained fleet of modern Diamond and Cessna aircraft. CRAFT is committed to providing our customers the most modern, safest, and cost-effective training aircraft, primarily with Diamond Aircraft. Diamond planes represent the very leading edge of flight training aircraft technology. To find out more about why we chose the Diamond platform, checkout this page. If you haven’t experienced a Diamond yet, CONTACT US to set up an appointment.

All members who fly solo or PIC are required to sign the CRAFT General Rental Agreement and to obtain and show proof of coverage for non-owners rental insurance with hull coverage of $1,000.  For student pilots, this coverage is not required until their first solo. We recommend AVEMCO.

All aircraft rental rates listed are wet. We offer discounts on Block Time for aircraft rental and Military Discounts.

Don’t see what you are looking for?  Checkout our Available Aircraft page for more details. Interested in offsetting the cost of plane ownership by leasing a plane to CRAFT? We are currently looking to add another Cessna 172, a Diamond DA20, and a Diamond DA42. Find out more about leaseback opportunities here.

2015 Diamond DA42-VI N42MV – NEW!

The 2015 Diamond DA42-VI has 2 Austro AE 300 Jet-A powered diesel engines with 168 HP and EECU Single Lever Control System. The interior of the aircraft features comfortable ergonomic leather reclining seats, sun glare shields and canopy lining to keep you cooler on the warm days. The avionics are similar to CRAFT’s Diamond DA40’s with Garmin G1000 glass panel cockpit, Synthetic Vision Technology and Garmin GFC 700 autopilot. N42MV is not available for hourly rental and is used for all of our multi-engine courses including: Multi-Engine Add-On Rating, Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI), Commercial Multi-Engine Initial and the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Checkride Prep Course.

    HP168
    Cruise174 kts
    Useful Load1211 lbs
    Usable Fuel76 gals

    2017 Diamond DA40 NG N913DA – $220

    This Jet-A burning, DA40 NG, has air conditioning! Equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi, Synthetic Vision, ADSB in/out, GFC700 Auto Pilot, Electric Rudder Pedals, and more! N913DA is available in Flight Circle at $220/hr with block time and military rates available.

      HP168
      Cruise154 kts
      Useful Load784 lbs
      Usable Fuel39 gals

      2007 Diamond DA40 XLS N873MA – $190

      2008 Diamond DA40 XLS N218DC – $190

      The DA40 is a superb training and cross-country aircraft, offering a great balance of excellent performance and gentle handling, superb visibility, and comfort. With the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit and digital autopilot, our DA40 meets all FAA Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) requirements for the Commercial rating and is the premier platform for IFR training, cross-country time building, or taking your family for a $100 burger in style and comfort. 

      • Garmin G1000 w/WAAS & Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT)
      • Garmin GFC 700 Autopilot
      • GTX 345R ADS-B In/out with Traffic and Weather

      HP180
      Cruise145 kts
      Useful Load842 lbs
      Usable Fuel50 gals

      2013 Diamond DA40 XLT N338ds – $200 – NEW!

      In addition to having all the same avionics and features as the XLS Diamond DA40’s above, the XLT trim level model features several improvements including: increased head room, wider seats, better lumbar support, integrated sun visors, and a larger 2-blade Hartzell propeller.  Overall, the fit and finish of the XLT is superior over our other previous DA40 XLS, and makes for a superior flight experience! N388DS is currently available in Flight Circle at $200/hr with block time and military rates available.

        HP180
        Cruise145 kts
        Useful Load842 lbs
        Usable Fuel50 gals

        2001 Diamond DA20-C1 N203BL – $155

        This two-seat, VFR-only aircraft is the perfect training platform for new pilots. Its combination of superior performance and easy handling has made it the mainstay of the US Air Force’s initial flight training program for over ten years. Sporty and stable, the DA20 is spin-certified, perfect for CFI candidates.  Equipped with a Garmin G500 flight deck paired to a GTN 650 GPS, pilots can get the glass cockpit experience at a steam gauge price! Our competitive rate is also great for cross-country flights and time building for the Commercial rating. 

        Garmin G500, Garmin GTN 650 GPS/NAV/COM, GTX 345 ADS-B In/Out with Traffic and Weather

        NOTE: The DA20 is not certified for IMC operations.

        HP

        125

        Cruise

        122 kts

        Useful Load

        584 lbs

        Usable Fuel

        25 gals

        1972 Cessna 172M N19795 – $140

        The venerable Cessna 172 has been the workhorse for flight training for over half a century.  This traditional steam gauge aircraft offers the perfect introduction to flight training at a cost-effective rate.  

        HP

        150

        Cruise

        115 kts

        Useful Load

        867 lbs

        Usable Fuel

        42 gal

        1979 Cessna 172N N5284D (at DYB) – $140

        HP160
        Cruise100 kts
        Useful Load881 lbs
        Usable Fuel40 gal

        1969 Cessna 150 N61325 (AT DYB)- $120

        HP 100
        Cruise110 MPH
        Useful Load444 lbs
        Usable Fuel22.5 gal

        Redbird FMX Full Motion Simulator – $70

        Save money and train in our full-motion, feature-rich, FAA-approved Redbird Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD)!  Achieve the aeronautical experience required for private, instrument, and  commercial ratings in a controlled, comfortable environment. Maintain your IFR currency under the revised FAR Part 61 rules which allows using this AATD to complete IFR currency requirements without an instructor.  

        Perfect your cockpit procedures and flows at half the price of renting an aircraft!

        CRAFT has the following configurations available for Redbird Simulator training:
        • C172 analog gauges (w/ GNS 430 & GNS 530 navigators)
        • C172 G1000 flight deck
        • DA40 G1000 flight deck
        • SR22 G1000 flight deck
        • PA-34 (multi-engine) analog gauge (w/ GNS 430 & GNS 530 navigators)

        Redbird TD2 BATD Simulator (AT DYB) – $25

        This steam gauge configured TD2 with rudder pedals is an FAA Approved Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) Simulator which means you can log 2.5 hours towards your Private Pilot license and 10 hours towards your Instrument Rating. You can also log instrument proficiency training without an instructor. 

          We are thrilled to be in partnership with Lifestyle Aviation.

          What does that mean for you?

          You’ve got the ratings, now use them to enhance your lifestyle! Aircraft ownership is the natural next step for pilots wanting to fly regularly, but finding the right plane to suit your needs can be difficult.  CRAFT can help!

          CRAFT is growing! Through our partnership with Lifestyle Aviation, we are looking to our customer base to help us fill out our fleet. We are in need of more Cessna 172s,  Diamond DA20s, Diamond DA40s and a Diamond DA42.

          Most people think owning a plane is not a possibility due to the cost, but if you are currently in flight training, or you are a pilot, the most expensive aspect of flying is renting a plane. Through leaseback, you can own a plane, use it for personal use, and have CRAFT pay you to use it. Or maybe you already have a plane that is not being fully utilized, leaseback is a way to make plane ownership affordable, including huge tax benefits. Lifestyle Aviation has creative ways to make plane ownership affordable. From individual owner, leaseback, and partnership to DiamondShare. 

          To learn how Leaseback works, and discover how the tax advantages might help you, contact us now and a specialist will review your situation to see if there is a good fit for you.

          Checkout our Available Aircraft page for more details.

          DA42-NG


          Jay Aldea, Co-Owner of CRAFT and John Armstrong, President of LIfeStyle Aviation

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          Training Hours

          Monday - Saturday
          9am - 5pm

          Office Locations

          6060 S.Aviation Ave,Ste 109
          N. Charleston, SC 29406

          890 Greyback Rd
          Summerville, SC 29483

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