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D-EMIC Ostmecklenburgische Flugzeugbau OMF-100-160 Symphony c/n 0003 - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 12 March 2016 vliegveld Hoogeveen (EHHO)

The two-seats (side by side), high-wing, metal construction OMF-100-160 Symphony with fixed tricycle landing gear with nose wheel is powered by a single 160HP Lycoming IO-360 piston engine. In the period 2000-2004, the aircraft was built by Ostmecklenburgische Flugzeugbau GmbH, Neubrandenburg in Germany. In 1998, Ostmecklenburgische Flugzeugbau GmbH was founded by Mathias and Derek Stinnes to produce a FAR 23 certified version of the kit-plane Stoddard-Hamilton GlaStar S-100, whose production rights were acquired by OMF in 1998. In June 1998, an 8,500 sq ft factory was rented in Neubrandenburg-Trollenhagen, and a small design and prototype production team was assembled under the OMF Aircraft name. OMF Aircraft improved the kit plane GlaStar S-100 on several details into the certified OMF-100-160 "Symphony". In May 2000, production of the two-seat OMF-100-160 Symphony was started. On 28 August 2000, the OMF-100-160 received its LBA Type Certificate of Airworthiness. In 2001, 20 aircraft were built and most of them were sold in the USA and Canada. In 2002, 57 aircraft were sold and until June 2003, over 40 aircraft were delivered. In March 2003, OMF announced that it would build a North American manufacturing facility in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. This facility, which opened on 30 October 2003, was designed to manufacture and support OMF`s Symphony line of aircraft for the North American market. The German facility should manufacture, distribute and support Symphony aircraft in the non-North American market. In addition, all of OMF's new product development should continue in Germany. On 9 December 2003, Ostmecklenburgische Flugzeugbau GmbH was declared banruptcy. The Canadian plant operation was reorganized as a private company under the name of Symphony Aircraft Industries Inc., while the intellectual property rights to the OMF-100-160 Symphony were sold by the bankruptcy trustees to a new German company, OMF Flugzeugwerk. This soon proved unworkable and OMF Flugzeugwerke GmbH sold out their interests to SAI in February 2005. SAI redesignated the aircraft as the Symphony SA-160 and completed Transport Canada certification under CAR 523, with Transport Canada manufacturing approval achieved in March 2005. On 4 May 2005, SAI completed FAA Type Certification, based on the Canadian certification and the first SAI produced aircraft (S/N 0043) received its FAA Certificate of Airworthiness on 13 May 2005. Between May 2005 and January 2007, SAI manufactured the Symphony SA-160 aircraft. On 22 January 2007, Symphony Aircraft declared bankruptcy and ceased operations. On 3 February 2008, the planning to restart production of the SA-160 under the name North American Factory for Technologically Advanced Aircraft (NAFTAA) was announced. The plan was never completed and no new aircraft were produced.

The in October 2000 built Ostmecklenburgische Flugzeugbau OMF-100-160 "Symphony" s/n 0003 was the first production aircraft built by Ostmecklenburgische Flugzeugbau GmbH. In contrast to the later built s/n 0013 and up, this aircraft is not IFR approved as S/N 0003 up to 0012 have as All weather Capability: VFR day only. On 9 January 2001, the aircraft was registered D-EMIC in Germany. Since 2015, the aircraft is based at Hoogeveen airfield in the Netherlands.

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