One 'quiet' announcement at Sun 'n Fun was a doozey from OMF
Aircraft, which announced a new addition to its line of personal
aircraft: the Symphony 4. They say in their release, "This
four-seat aircraft has all the sporty good looks, comfort, safety
and reliability found in a Symphony 160, and even greater room and
useful load to carry four full-size adults wherever they want to
go. And it has the affordability the market expects from a
Managing partner Derek Stinnes added, "OMF is thrilled to be
introducing the second in what we anticipate will be a long line of
aircraft. It was only two years ago that our first aircraft, the
Symphony 160, received its FAA Type Certificate. We're confident
general aviation aficionados will be as excited about this new
aircraft as we are."
And, they note, there's every reason to be enthusiastic. The
Symphony 4 is a true four-place aircraft. With a useful load of
1190 pounds, it can carry full fuel four adults and their baggage.
A 50-gallon fuel tank means this aircraft will have a range of
nearly 500 miles.
"It's to be a 'grown' Symphony. We're of course
going to certify it," said Symphony's Bill Sprague. "We learned how
to certify airplanes with the Symphony 160; that means we'll
probably look at a 2-year certification timeline."
Mr Sprague continued, "It will have a Lycoming C-series 540,
with 250 horses; it's kind of in the 182 range, with a 145-kt
cruise. Range is 485 nm -- with a huge payload; and the doors swing
up, rather than back and forth. The back seat is removable -- room
even for a stretcher. It's wider than a 206, at the doors. We
should be able to sell this at Skyhawk prices."
With the flip-up doors and all that capacity, it'll make a great
floatplane, too, he reminded us. [That's C-172 pricing, 206 room,
and 182 speed, if you look at the 'right' specs... --ed.]
Pilot and passengers alike will travel in comfort. The Symphony
4 will feature the same patented 26g seats that make flying in the
Symphony 160 such a treat; a 46" wide cabin means everyone will
have plenty of room -- even if they stand 6'5" tall, as Stinnes
does. "I'm the test case for the cabin on the Symphony 4," said
Stinnes. "I have to be comfortable sitting in each of the four
First flight in a few months...
Stinnes anticipates that first flight of the Symphony 4 will
take place before the end of 2003.
Horsepower 250 hp
Cruise speed @75% 145 kts
Stall speed (flaps full) 55 kts
Stall speed (flaps up) 65 kts
Range 485 nm
Wing span 40 ft
Gross weight 2870 lbs
Empty weight 1680 lbs
Payload 880 lbs
Useful load 1190 lbs
Fuel quantity 50 gal