Product overview

Building on the deep experience of its parent companies: Sonaca Group – 80 years of aerostructure experience; and The Airplane Factory – more than 10 years of general aviation leadership in South Africa; Sonaca Aircraft has developed the Sonaca 200, the new generation, two-seater, certified aircraft which combines flight performance and cost-effectiveness. This new aircraft development has been performed in close collaboration with the end-users, so as to fulfil flight school, aeroclub and private pilot’s unmet needs.
The Sonaca 200 is a low-wing, full metallic aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 750kg. Its conventional structure is composed of advanced aluminum alloy frames, stringers and sheets, which will provide very effective corrosion protection.

The wing profile has been designed to optimize performance, while providing very stable behavior at low speeds. As a result of its higher mass (compared with ultra-light aircraft), and its efficient aerodynamic design, the Sonaca 200 exhibits very progressive stall behavior, which makes it the perfect aircraft for flight schools and safety-conscious pilots.  It is perfectly suited to both basic training and long navigation.
The Sonaca 200 has a tricycle landing gear with a steerable nose gear. All its commands are actuated through push-rod mechanisms.
The Sonaca 200 is equipped with advanced systems such as new generation 115hp engine from Rotax, with multi-fuel acceptance, certified brakes, electrical flaps and Garmin instrumentation.

Specifications

  • Structure
  • Engine
  • Instrumentation
  • Systems
  • Performances

The Sonaca 200 has a semi-stressed aluminum structure (stringer, frame and skin construction). The fuselage, wing and tail are built in aluminum alloy, whereas the main landing gear comprises glass fiber, especially adopted for powerful shock absorption.
The structure is designed to be highly corrosion resistant, due to careful selection of optimum aluminum alloys and use of correct drainage, sealants and corrosion inhibitors.
The choice of the riveting assembly is driven by the willingness to provide easy and standard repairs included in the Sonaca 200 standard repair manual.
The two separate 70 liters fuel tanks are integrated into the wings, in front of the main spar. The wings are equipped with electrical slotted flaps and balanced pushrod ailerons.
The conventional tail plane comprises horn balanced stabilizer and elevators for flutter prevention. The elevator is equipped with a manual trim.
The structure is equipped with numerous inspection panels, quickly removable for easy maintenance.

The Sonaca 200 is equipped with the certified Rotax 914 engine, offering high performance for high climb rates and cruise speeds.
The turbocharged Rotax 914 offers excellent performance at high altitudes, while keeping weight to a minimum. It offers a time between overhauls of 2,000 hrs.

Engine features:

  • 4-cylinder 4-stroke liquid/air-cooled engine with opposed cylinders
  • Turbo charger with automatic waste gate control, avoiding over-boost and ensuring constant manifold pressure, as well as icing-free carburation without additional pilot inputs
  • Dry sump forced lubrication with separate oil tank
  • Fully redundant ignition and fuel supply with dual electronic ignition and dual electric fuel pumps.

The basic version of Sonaca 200 cockpit is fully equipped for night-VFR flight. A classical T arrangement of primary instruments has been chosen for ergonomic and traditional reasons. The position of each instrument and input has been optimized for efficient, logical and safe use.
The dashboard is equipped with modern instrumentation including a digital engine monitoring system, artificial horizon and navigation aid.

The Sonaca 200 is equipped with high quality strobe, navigation and landing lights (fitted to both wings) for perfect visibility in adverse conditions (with LED technology).
Wings are equipped with electrically operated slotted flaps with 3 setting positions (0°- 10°- 30°).
Both student and instructor will enjoy the easily operated and accessible manual trim and throttle commands.
Landing gear and brakes are of the highest quality and are highly effective, allowing short take-offs and landings.

Power plant

Engine BRP Rotax 914 F Turbo – 115 Cv
Propeller

Fixed pitch MT Propeller

Fuel Grades Avgas 100LL, Mogas, Super EN 228

Mass / Loading / Dimension

MTOW 750 kg
Empty weight 430 kg
Useful payload 320 kg
Full Fuel Payload 210 kg
Number of seats 2
Wing Span 9,15m
Length 7,0m
Fuel Capacity 140 liters

Performances

Stall speed (Flaps extended) 45 kias
Cruise speed - 75% Power 115 ktas
Rate of climb @ sea level 750 fpm
Range at 75% - 45 min Reserve                750 Nm
Take-off distance over 15 m obstacle [grass] 350 m
Landing distance over 15 m obstacle [grass] 300 m
Certification category   CS-VLA (ELA 1) - NVFR
Load Factor +4,4g/-1.76g

Other Specifications

Full aluminum structure                  

 
Robust landing gear  
Toe brakes   

Steerable nose wheel          

 

Standard analogue instrumentation

 

 

 

Safety

For safety and durability, proven technologies have been chosen for the aircraft’s construction. The full metallic structure, fixed with rivets, offers a robust airframe and easy repair in case of damage.
All structural sizing is based on the advanced numerical simulations used for many years by the Sonaca Group in the sizing of  commercial Airbus and Embraer aircraft.
Rather than research performance at high speed, an adapted wing profile has been developed to obtain progressive and stable stall behavior, significantly reducing the spin risk. The large control surfaces offer efficient maneuvering, allowing safe escape from difficult situations.
Thanks to the steerable nose wheel, the Sonaca 200 is highly maneuverable during taxi on any surface (hard / grass), avoiding premature wearing of brakes. The robust landing gear is especially designed for intensive use on unprepared and grass runways.

Performances

The general aerodynamic profile of the Sonaca 200 and the well-suited powerplant offer outstanding short take-off performance, high climb rate even at high altitude and comfortable cruise speed for long trips.
Thanks to the new generation engine and optimized aerodynamic lines, the fuel consumption is very economical. In addition to avgas, mogas can be used, offering more cost effective operation and significantly reduced lead emissions.
The large control surfaces and the ground clearance at the wing tips allows crosswind landings of up to 20 kts. The low empty weight combined with the 750 kg of maximum take-off weight give a comfortable margin for payload.

Design

  • Exterior
  • Interior

With its very attractive and modern lines, the Sonaca 200 is offering a link between form and function, instantly suggesting swiftness and agility. In particular, the sharp engine cowling was designed to increase propeller efficiency to its maximum. The efficient winglets have an optimized elliptic shape to reduce aerodynamic drag, and the large bubble canopy  ensures perfect all-around visibility, especially combined with the rear windows. A large palette of colors is available to personalize your aircraft according to your taste, or your organization’s color code.  The landing gear is available with or without spats, on request, depending on your operational needs and  constrains.

 

The Sonaca 200 offers a large and comfortable cabin with a perfect sitting position. Thanks to a sliding seat, the cabin ensures comfort and good leg space for  persons of all sizes. The cabin is equipped with acoustic foam, offering low in-flight noise levels.
The large canopy is mounted on two sliding tracks and the aircraft can be taxied with the canopy open.
A footboard and wide footpath areas allow easy access on board.
The hand-stitched leather seats and dashboard are of strong and durable materials, with superior wear resistance to ensure optimal comfort and durability of the aircraft.
In the rear fuselage, behind the seats, a large luggage compartment provides substantial luggage capacity for up to 35kg, allowing long, independent travels.

Guaranteed after-sale service

In addition to being certified to design and produce the aircraft, Sonaca Aircraft accepts responsibility for delivering quick and efficient modification or repair to the product after its certification and entry into service.