I took a quick look at these planes at Oshkosh - I was surprised because I’d not yet heard of them, but yet there they were - with an already-certified aircraft!
Their demo model there looked pretty nice, but I couldn’t find out a whole lot about their company. I was given a business card with “http://www.solarisaviation.com” web site, but when I went there, it seems they haven’t set up the site yet.
That seems a little strange…
If anyone is interested I have a copy of their brochure from OSH at home, I can quote information off of that - just email me.
An American company has introduced a line of already FAA-certified composite aircraft after it bought the type and production certificates from a German company. Solaris Aviation Inc. of Parkland, Florida, is manufacturing the Sigma line of retractable-gear aircraft. Engine options range from 230 to 310 horsepower; the most powerful is estimated to have a top speed in excess of 210 knots.
Each model features gull-wing doors on both sides of the fuselage. The 250- and 310-hp models will be available in the United States for selling prices of $244,900 and $279,900, respectively. Solaris was established in 1999 after it bought the assets, molds, and tooling from Ruschmeyer Aircraft GmbH. The more labor-intensive parts of the airplanes are being produced at a facility in Poland that was previously used to manufacture gliders. Final assembly is taking place in Florida.
I read this same article yesterday on the AOPA e-mail that came.
I too looked at this airplane at OSH and picked up a brochure. The equipped prices quoted me by their rep at the display were higher than those listed by AOPA in their brief. Also when I asked the rep about delivery times he advised they were taking orders for something like position # 36, due in about 1 1/2 years.
The brochure lists the Sigma 230 (hp) @ 175 kts high speed cruise with 1106 useful. The sigma 250 (hp) @ 184 kts with 1085 useful. Sigma 310 @215 kts with 1183 useful.
One fact noted on the brochure is stall speeds, 57 57 60 respectively flaps down, 67 67 71 flaps up respectively.
In my opinion the plane itself looked more like a cross between a Piper Arrow and a Commander 112/114 with the horizontal stab in the conventional location, not bad looking but certainly not with the graceful curves of the SR’s or Lancair. It looks more 50’s vintage. Also the need for a 4-blade prop was curious.
Still, the more the better in the new plane market, as long as their is competition and they remain solvent financially.