Sales soar for Sonaca – the only aircraft to be made in Belgium
Sonaca Aircraft is busy delivering orders of its Sonaca 200 – the only aircraft to be manufactured in Belgium –following strong recent sales. Chief commercial director Pierre Van Wetter (pictured below) is personally ferrying the two-seater, single-engine aircraft to Turkey, Estonia and France as Covid-19 travel restrictions are preventing many clients from picking them up from the company’s base at Temploux Aerodrome, Namur.
Widescale interest in the certified training aircraft, largely centred in Europe, has resulted in around 70 orders, including from lucrative new clients in Switzerland. “These clients are flying clubs and flight schools offering intensive training for pilots,” says Van Wetter. Though initially designed for the pilot training and leisure sector, the aircraft has recently been positioned for a screening programme run by the Swiss army. “It’s contracted out to different flight schools that enable instructors to quickly evaluate students’ capacity. They then pursue their career in the air army, civilian aviation or general aviation.”