About us

Sonaca Aircraft is a subsidiary of the Sonaca Group, a major player in the development, manufacture and assembly of advanced structures intended for civil, military and space markets. With a starting capital of over 2 million euros, Sonaca Aircraft is 65% owned by the Sonaca aeronautic OEM. Sonaca Aircraft's main goal has been to develop, certify and market a new two-seater single-engined aircraft (" Sonaca 200"), which has been specially designed and adapted for flight schools and leisure flights.

In accordance with 216/2008 (EC) and 748/2012 (EU) Regulations, EASA has issued the "Design Organization Approval" certificate to Sonaca Aircraft (Part 21, section A, Subpart J.). To obtain the DOA, Sonaca aircraft had to demonstrate to the competent authorities that it has the necessary organization, procedures, authorities and resources to design and certify a CS-VLA type aircraft (in reference to the Sonaca 200). 

After having successfully carried out the static test program as well as all the tests for stability, noise, vibration, performance and stalling, the Sonaca 200 closed its flight test program with the spin tests which proved to be conclusive.

The flight certification campaign is now over. The Sonaca 200 will be EASA certified for a take-off weight (MTOW) of 750 kg and a cruising speed of 115 knots. 

 

Team

Harold van der Straten
CEO of Sonaca Aircraft
Harold holds an Electro-Mechanical Engineering degree and a complementary degree in Business Management of SME. Prior to joining Sonaca Aircraft, he held a number of General Management positions within SME markets. Harold is the Chief Executive Officer of Sonaca Aircraft since 2016.
Pierre Van Wetter
Head Of Sales and Pilot
Pierre is graduated in 2001 as an Aeronautical Engineer from the University of Liège – Belgium and he is holder of a Pilot Licence. He is now responsible for Sales and Marketing activities.
Yoan Beulque
Head of Operation
Yoan holds a degree in industrial Engineering from the University of Paris-Est. Prior to this position, he held successfully various positions within Sonaca DOP (Production department) for more than 6 years. Within Sonaca Aircraft he is responsible for the development, the overall coordination and the achieving of the production activities across the organization; including production sites abroad.
Carl Mengdehl
Head of Engineering
Carl has a mechanical engineering degree from the french university IFMA Clermont-Ferrand and has some experience in design, materials, testing, calculations, repairs, as well as certification and quality. Within Sonaca Aircraft he is in charge of Engineering and the Certification of the aircraft.

Partners

Sonaca
Sonaca is active in the development, manufacturing, and assembly of advanced aerospace structures for civil, military, and space markets. Sonaca also supplies engineering and test services. Sonaca Group is a global Belgian company active in the development, manufacturing, and assembly of advanced structures for civil, military, and space markets. The group is especially known for its wing movables expertise where it is regarded the world leader serving most of the primes and with a market share of over 50%. It has production facilities in China, Europe, North-America, and South-America and employs over 2500 people including 350 engineers. Our experience, expertise and strong quality track record enable us to maintain long-lasting partnership-like development and production relations with our customers. In response to strong demand from our customers, Sonaca Group today also supplies engineering services, large sheet metal elements, wing plank, composite structures, and machined components.
Experience, expertise and strong quality track record enable us to maintain long-lasting partnership-like development and production relations with our customers. In response to strong demand from our customers, Sonaca Group today also supplies engineering services, large sheet metal elements, wing plank, composite structures, and machined components. Sonaca will achieve this through customer focus, innovation, operational excellence, and selected partnerships all in the service of providing our customers with the most competitive and reliable product offering available. Sonaca's core focus continues to be Aerostructures - in particular wing skins and moveables where it is the world leader - but also other Aerostructures, Space, Military, and Engineering.