Sling Receives First S-LSA Certification
The Airplane Factory first Sling received special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) airworthiness certificate in Torrance, California.
May 22, 2012 - South African company The Airplane Factory received special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) airworthiness certificate for its first Sling LSA, N511NG, on April 18 in Torrance, California. The Sling began development in 2006 in South Africa, and has delivered more than 60 aircraft worldwide. Thus far more than 100 orders have been received. The Sling LSA will also be available as an E-LSA (experimental amateur-built) kit.
EAA AirVenture 2009 attendees, including a fair number of South Africans, enthusiastically welcomed Airplane Factory owners Mike Blyth and James Pitman, who flew a Sling prototype from Johannesburg to Oshkosh - 92 hours of flying time over more than 10,500 miles.
The Sling was designed from the start to the ASTM's S-LSA standards. It's made of 6061-T6 aluminum, is powered by the Rotax 912S turning a 70-inch, three-blade Warp Drive composite prop. The interior features a 44-inch wide cabin and MGL Avionics glass panel, and comes with an optional ballistic parachute system.
N511NG is based at The Airplane Factory Inc. in California, sister company to the South African company and located at Torrance Airport (KTOA). The airplane will be flown to AirVenture 2012 where it will be displayed at the Airplane Factory exhibit (Booth 305). The U.S. affiliate will market, distribute, and support the Sling line in North America.
The Airplane Factory in Johannesburg employs 75 full-time employees that produce five ready-to-fly Slings per month, and many more kits.