Plane & Pilot
Friday, July 1, 2005

Symphony 160


This new sport trainer gets even better the second time around


symphonyThe Symphony 160 was introduced five years ago by OMF Aircraft of Neubrandenburg, Germany, which established a Canadian manufacturing subsidiary, OMF Canada, in 2003, located in Three Rivers, Quebec. Through no fault of its Canadian subsidiary, the parent company declared bankruptcy and the Symphony design was left stranded in the murk of litigation. After negotiating an almost unimaginable morass of legalities, several of the original OMF Canada team has emerged with the rights to bring the high-tech two-seater back to market.
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Landings are similar to those in a Cessna 150, with comparable approach and stall speeds. The Symphony’s extra weight lends the airplane a more solid feel in the pattern, but it doesn’t seem to affect landing characteristics. Controls remain positive and effective all the way to stall, and the actual payoff is easily predictable. Should you happen to misjudge flare height and level too high, the sprung steel gear will absorb your mistake without springing you back into the air, provided you’ve kept speed in check.

As general aviation continues its slow, halting recovery from the economic depths of the late ’90s, Symphony Aircraft plans to carve out its share of what everyone hopes will be a larger pie. The Symphony 160 is a good first step toward that goal.

For more information, contact Symphony Aircraft Industries at (866) 799-5811 or log on to www.symphonyaircraft.com.

SPECS: 2005 Symphony 160



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