By ANN Correspondent (And All-Around Good Guy) John
ANN is doing its best to follow the developments of a renewed
Symphony Aircraft Industry's rather rapid series of
Symphony is "committed to bringing a 2 place aircraft to the
market that is both modern and economical, and incorporates
technology that aircraft owners want," says President and CEO Paul
Costanzo to a packed room of media representatives Tuesday
morning at SnF.
Symphony intends to offer a broad scope of technology options
with strategic partners that will make the Symphony 160 both a
superb trainer and an equally superb recreational aircraft. The
Symphony SA 160 is a 2 place aircraft that offers 700 lbs. of
useful load, 150 mp miles per hour cruise speed, a roomy and
comfortable cabin, outstanding visibility, a large baggage
compartment and an elegant and modern look.
Costanzo said the Symphony story holds many turns and twists
that are now entirely resolved. Transport Canada assumed
responsibility as the "State of Design" and has issued the Type and
Production Certificates to Symphony Aircraft Industries.
Representatives from each of the three alliance companies were
in attendance including Greg Ellsworth, Boris Popov (both shown
below) and Larry Williams of BRS, and Glenn MacMillian representing
S-TEC and Avidyne.
Alliances with these companies include:
- Five-year alliance with Meggitt/S-TEC to provide autopilot
technology as factory-installed option,
- Avidyne Entegra, integrated flight deck glass cockpit,
- Ballistic Recovery System (BRS) whole aircraft recovery
Costanzo fielded several questions about production schedule to
which he said Symphony expects to have two aircraft certificated to
FAA Part 23 by the end of July, and customer deliveries by
September, 2005. Another reporter asked how large Symphony expects
the market demand to become. Costanzo said Symphony expects
production to eventually get somewhere between 200 to 500 aircraft
per year, but it will take several years to get, there he said.
Prices include the Symphony SA-160 with the VFR package for
$139,900, IFR is $154,900, and Glass IFR (entirely replaces VFR
equipment package) for $189,650. The BRS ballistic parachute will
be factory installed (pending certification) for $18,500.