Solaris Aviation has relaunched the former Ruschmeyer Aircraft R-90 as the Sigma 230, two years after buying the assets of the German company.

The Textron Lycoming IO-540-powered Sigma 230, which is Federal Aviation Administration FAR 23-approved, will be the first of three models to be developed.

Other models planned are the Sigma 250, which will also be powered by the IO-540, and the Sigma 310, which will use the Teledyne Continental Motors 230kW (310hp) IO-550-N, providing a top speed exceeding 210kt (389km/h).

Production of some composite sections will be undertaken in Poland. Final assembly will be in West Palm Beach, Florida.

A Sigma 230 costs $230,000, the 250 will be $244,900 and the 310 will be $279,900.

Avionics packages include Garmin gear as standard, including the GNS 430, while the S-Tec System 55X is the standard autopilot.

First deliveries are expected in late 2002.

Source: Flight International