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Sonaca Aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen - First European Sales

Sonaca Aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen

Sonaca Aircraft, as new European reference of general aviation, will be present at the Aero Friedrichshafen show which takes place from April 20th till 23rd 2016. The company will show the Sonaca 200. Being the first aircraft assembled in Belgium by Sonaca Aircraft, the two-seater stands out on the market of general aviation thanks to its stunning flight performances and characteristics, its reliability and reduced operational cost.

Starting from the users’ needs Sonaca Aircraft gambled on starting from the users’ needs. Pierre Van Wetter, Head of Sales and Marketing Soncaca Aircraft, details: "We approach pilot schools, aero clubs and private pilots all over Europe by offering them the opportunity to test the aircraft and revert to us with their feedback. This approach enables the adaptation of the aircraft in order to best meet market expectations".

Promising commercial launch

The sales launch of the Sonaca 200 bodes well for its future. "After two months of prospection in Western Europe, we sold 14 aircrafts and the order book fills up progressively. We aim at pursuing our approach of the European market by the end of the summer 2016", declares Pierre Wetter.

The 14 firm orders recorded by Sonaca Aircraft break down as follows:

  • Belgium : Air Academy New CAG - 8 aircrafts
  • France : Aeroclub Tissandier (Saint-Cyr-l'Ecole) - 2 aircrafts
  • United-Kingdom : Flight Training London (Elstree) - 2 aircrafts
  • Germany : FFL Flugschule am Flughafen Essen/Mülheim - 2 aircrafts

Sonaca Aircraft’s first client attests

Denis Petitfrère, CEO of Air Academy New CAG1 and very first client of Sonaca Aircraft, attests: "The Sonaca 200 makes all the difference! We eventually found on the market a modern aircraft that combines the flight performances and characteristics of an aircraft and not of an ULM. This aircraft has been designed with the perspective of “optimisation”: optimisation of security, of resistance, of comfort and costs!".

Sonaca 200 Technical specifications

Engine

BRP Rotax 914 F – 115 hp

Seats

Number of seats : 2

Dimensions

Wingspan : 9,15 m
Length : 7 m

Weight and load

Empty weight : 430 kg
Maximal mass at take-off : 750 kg
Fuel capacity : 140 l (2 x 70 l)

Performances

Max cruise speed : 115 knots
Climb rate : 750 feet per minute

Structure

Fuselage and wings : Aluminium Alloy
Landing gear : Fibreglass + epoxy resin

Consomation

18 l/hour

Price

Base rate (March 2016) : 175 000 euros

About Sonaca Aircraft

Sonaca Aircraft is a new subsidiary of Sonaca. The company capital is owned by Sonaca, The Airplane Factory (TAF) and the co-founders of Sonaca Aircraft: Sophie Lancereau, Carl Mengdelh et Pierre Van Wetter.

Sonaca Aircraft combines the expertise and know-how of both companies: the engineering, certification and production from Sonaca’s side, the design and assembly from TAF’s side. Sonaca Aircraft’s primary objective is to develop, certify and commericalise a new two-seater aircraft specifically designed and adapted for training and leisure.

An initial prototype was assembled, in April 2015, at Johannesburg and brought to « Brussels South Charleroi Airport » after a journey of 8 days and more than 55 hours of flight time throughout Africa.

Contacts

Pierre Van Wetter
Head of Marketing & Sales
Sonaca Aircraft
Email : pierre.vanwetter@sonaca-aircraft.com
Tel : +32 71 25 57 61

Frédérique Jacobs
External Communication For Sonaca Aircraft
Email : frederique.jacobs@jacobs-pr.com
Tel : +32 479 429 636