The Sonaca 200 is a Belgian story, which might alleviate this traumatic time, just a little, which the country is undergoing at present. After two years of development, Sonaca Aircraft has officially launched its single-engined two-seater, the Sonaca 200, onto the market, with first deliveries expected in September 2017. Sonaca Aircraft is a subsidiary of Sonaca Group.
The Sonaca 200 is actually a modified version of the "Sling", developed by The Airplane Factory, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has a 30 feet (nine metres) wingspan and fuselage length of 23 feet (seven metres). The plane is specifically aimed at the flight school and leisure markets. Its aluminium alloy fuselage and wings, and glass-reinforced plastic landing gear, give it an empty weight of 950 lbs (430 kg).
As for performance, thanks to its 115 hp Rotax engine, the Sonaca 200 has a maximum cruise speed of 130 mph (213 km/h), a range of 800 miles (1,300 km), and according to the manufacturer, is characterized by its low speed manoeuvrability.
Since its first test flight in May 2015, the Sonaca 200 has marked up 200 flight hours. Its civil certification by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) is expected in the summer of 2017, because it is the European market that initially interests the aircraft manufacturer. If successful, they plan to produce 80 units per year by 2021, at their Charleroi plant near Brussels, Belgium.
Meanwhile, the Sonaca 200 has already received several firm orders. Pierre Van Wetter, Sonaca Aircraft’s sales manager, will reveal the exact number on 21 April at the Friedrichshafen air show in Germany. Its 175,000-euro price tag has already been made public.
A four-seater version of the Sonaca 200 is currently being studied.