A Miniature Fighter

Unmatched handling, performance and strength are what the South African "Sling" is all about  

The Sling is a South African-designed, 2-seat aircraft in the Light-Sport category. The Light-Sport (LSA) designation was created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States in 2005 as a way to make flying less complicated and less expensive, and to bring more people into aviation. 
Light-Sport aircraft have a maximum weight in the U.S. of 1,320 lbs. fully-loaded with people, fuel, and baggage. The Sling is unique in that it is an all-aluminum aircraft with the feel and heft of much bigger airplanes, yet still in the LSA category. It sips fuel at the miserly rate of about 4 gallons-per-hour. Compare that to the almost double fuel consumption of the current "legacy" pilot trainer; the Cessna 172. The Sling is powered by the universally admired Rotax 912 4-cylinder liquid and air-cooled engine, of which there are some 40,000 flying around the world. 
The Sling is an ideal trainer that can be flown by Light Sport or Private pilots and beyond. It was designed to be a cross-country and recreational airplane, though it has proven to be an excellent trainer for pilots due to its amazing handling, near 360-degree panoramic visibility, 10-hour fuel range, solid feel, and great design. It is nimble, fast, and fun, as well as practical. To see what we mean, compare the Sling to the other top-selling LSA aircraft: FlightDesign CTLS, Evektop Sportstar, Kitfox, and Rans S-19 and you'll notice the Sling is miles beyond any of them. This is a substantial airplane with the control feel of a mini fighter jet, and packs more fun than any trainer out there except the legendary Piper J3 Cub. But don't take our word for it, come fly it yourself.
How the Sling was Born
Mike Blyth - who conceived the Sling - is a fifth generation South African with a passion for aviation. A pioneer of early microlight aviation in South Africa, Blyth wanted to design a full-sized aircraft with better handling, comfort, and looks than anything available then. He discovered that the airplane he wanted did not exist.
Together with a handful of technical friends, Blyth and his small team designed and built the ideal aircraft. After almost obsessive testing and re-engineering to achieve the best handling and stability possible, it was introduced to the American public in 2009 at aviation's biggest event- the massive EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The airplane was an immediate hit, especially when pilots flew it. The aviation media came away with their tongues wagging, declaring the Sling's handling "superb," "fighter-ike," "a dream to experience," and "the finest LSA out there today." Mike Blyth and his good friend and fellow South African adventurer, James Pittman, had created something special. They started a company - "The Airplane Factory," to market the Sling globally.
It has taken time for the U.S. to discover the Sling, and in the mean time, Blyth, Pittman, and several team members from the Airplane Factory have flown the Sling - with the Rotax 100 HP engine - around the globe three times; over the world's most desolate deserts, oceans, and mountains. In each case it has preformed flawlessly.
Today the Sling can be purchased factory-built or as a kit. Our Sling, N166TW, was built in the factory in South Africa. There are now distributors across the world, in the U.S., New Zealnd, Australia, Taiwan, and South Africa.
Seats: 2
Engine: Rotax 912 ULS Carbureted, 4-cylinderjj
Maximum Allowable Speed (Vne): 135 KIAS | 155 MPH

Cruise Speed, 75% Power - 6000ft: 115 KTAS/132 MPH

Stall Speed - Clean: 44 KCAS/51 MPH 

Stall Speed - Full Flaps: 39 KCAS/45 MPH 

Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind: 15 KCAS/17 MPH

Takeoff Ground Roll - Concrete: 550ft/168m

Landing Distance - Braked: 350ft/107m

Rate of Climb - Sea Level: 900 ft/min

Maximum Operating Altitude: 14,000ft 

Range @ 75% Power with 45min Reserve: 750nm/1400km 
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  • Dual stick controls
  • MGL Glass instrument panel EFIS
  • Sliding bubble canopy
  • All-Metal construction
  • Fingertip control response
  • Ultra-efficient fuel burn
  • Digital engine control (no mixture or carb heat)
  • 44" wide cabin