Symphony Aircraft Gets Canadian Certification
Symphony Aircraft, based in Three Rivers, Quebec, announced on Tuesday that it has obtained from Transport Canada the type and production certificates for the Symphony 160 two-seater, which were formerly held by a now-defunct German company. With these certificates in hand, the first North American-built Symphony 160 aircraft will be delivered on March 31, the company said. Symphony added that it will have more announcements and details later this week, so watch for a follow-up report in Monday's AVweb news. A Symphony rep recently completed a cross-country tour showing off a brand-new 160 to the aviation press and we flew it. The small airplane has a roomy and uncluttered cockpit, with lots of visibility, plus pleasant predictable flying qualities that you can enjoy without rubbing elbows with your cabin-mate. It also managed a full-fuel departure with bags (and two pilots) at about 700 fpm (in clear, dry 70-degree air). The 160 will sell for around $150,000 IFR-equipped with steam gauges (and a nice Garmin radio package). The aircraft is basically a wider, much better-looking (one opinion) Cessna 172 that doesn't pretend it has four seats. The company is also developing a four-seater (with substantially more horsepower) and a diesel version of the 160.