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No single aircraft can fulfill the special needs of every pilot. Nevertheless, The Airplane Factory believes that the Sling enjoys a set of qualities that will fulfill the needs, at the highest level, of many pilots and flight training schools.

The Sling was designed with the aim of creating the most practical and desirable light sport aircraft available.

The Sling comprises a stressed skin semi-monocoque structure, precision punched from sheet aluminium by CNC punch. Punching is so precise that no drilling-out or de-burring is required. Parts go together much as with a child’s "Mechano" toy. The entire build is light, precise and simple, even for beginners to manage.

Some of the features which make the Sling such a fine aircraft include:
• Her flying characteristics - perfectly coordinated, highly responsive controls (she feels like a fighter jet without being over-sensitive)
• Her performance - close to the best across the full range of qualities
• Her aluminum construction - for ease and consistency of construction and proven strength and lifespan
• Her airframe strength and durability – she won’t break easily and if you treat her right, she’ll last you for the rest of your life
• Her excellent instrumentation options
• Her wide cockpit, excellent all around view and substantial luggage capacity
• The incorporation, by design, of a ballistic parachute for safety
• The use of high quality components throughout

LSA

The Sling is flown subject to a MAUW restriction of 600kg. In this configuration the Sling complies with all the requirements of ASTM F2245 – "Standard Specification for the Design and Performance of a Light Sport Aircraft".

VLA

The Sling is flown subject to a MAUW restriction of 700kg. In this configuration the Sling complies with all the requirements of the "Certification Specifications for Very Light Aeroplanes, CS-VLA".

The aircraft specifications, save for fuel capacity and weights, however, are the same in each category.
The performances are different and are provided for both of the categories.


 

SLING LSA SLING 2 SLING 2 TURBO
GENERAL
Seats 2 2 2
Engine Rotax 912 ULS / iS Rotax 912 ULS / iS Rotax 914 UL
Horsepower 100 hp / 75 kw 100 hp / 75 kw 115 hp / 86 kw (turbo)
Propellor make/operation Warp Drive / Ground adjustable Warp Drive / Ground adjustable Airmaster / Constant speed
Propellor blades/diameter 3 / 72” 3 / 72” 3 / 72”
Main Avionics MGL Voyager EFIS MGL Voyager EFIS MGL Voyager EFIS
Secondary Avionics Analogue backup instruments Analogue backup instruments Analogue backup instruments
 
SIZES
Overall Length 21ft 10in  / 6.67 m 21ft 10in  / 6.67 m 21ft 10in  / 6.67 m
Height 8ft / 2.45m 8ft / 2.45m 8ft / 2.45m
Wingspan 30 ft 1in  / 9.165m 30 ft 1in  / 9.165m 30 ft 1in  / 9.165m
Wing Area 127.5 sq ft  / 11.8 sq m 127.5 sq ft  / 11.8 sq m 127.5 sq ft  / 11.8 sq m
Cabin Width 43.8in / 1.11m 43.8in / 1.11m 43.8in / 1.11m
       
WEIGHTS
Max take off weight 1 320 lbs   (600 kg) 1 540 lbs   (700 kg) 1 540 lbs   (700 kg)
Standard equipped empty weight 815 lbs      (370 kg) 815 lbs      (370 kg) 837 lbs      (380 kg)
Useful load 505 lbs      (230 kg) 727 lbs      (330 kg) 705 lbs      (320 kg)
Full fuel payload 269 lbs      (122 kg) 489 lbs      (222 kg) 467 lbs      (212 kg)
Luggage capacity 77 lbs (35 kg) 77 lbs (35 kg) 77 lbs (35 kg)
 
FUEL
Capacity 39.6 US gal  / 150 litre 39.6 US gal  / 150 litre 39.6 US gal  / 150 litre
Consumption at cruise 4.75 gal per hr  (18 lt per hr) 4.75 gal per hr  (18 lt per hr) 5.55 gal per hr  (21 lt per hr)
Type MOGAS OR AVGAS MOGAS OR AVGAS MOGAS OR AVGAS
 
PERFORMANCE (Sea level)
Max Speed (VNE) 135 kias  /   155 mph 135 kias  /  155 mph 135 kias  /  155 mph
Cruise Speed 75% power (6 000 ft above sea level) 115 ktas  /  132 mph 114 ktas  /  131 mph 118 ktas  /  136 mph
Stall Speed – clean 44 kcas  /     51 mph 45 kcas  /     52 mph 45 kcas  /     52 mph
Stall Speed – full flaps 39 kcas  /     45 mph 40 kcas  /     46 mph 40 kcas  /     46 mph
Max Demonstrated Crosswind 15 kcas  /     17 mph 15 kcas  /     17 mph 15 kcas  /     17 mph
Take off ground roll – concrete 550 ft / 168 m 600 ft / 183 m 500 ft / 152 m
Landing distance – braked 350 ft / 107 m 370 ft / 113 m 370 ft / 113 m
Rate of climb – sea level 900 fpm 850 fpm 950 fpm
Max operating altitude 14 000 ft 13 000 ft 15 000
Range at 75%, 45 min reserve 750 nm  / 1,400 km 750 nm  / 1,400 km 730 nm  / 1,350 km
 
SPECIFIC LOADINGS
Limit loads +4g -2g +4g -2g +4g -2g
Wing loading 10.4 lb sq ft  / 50.8 kg sq m 12.1 lb sq ft  / 59.3 kg sq m 12.1 lb sq ft  / 59.3 kg sq m
Power loading 13.2 lb per hp / 6.0 kg per hp 15.4 lb per hp / 7.0 kg per hp 13.4 lb per hp / 6.1 kg per hp
       
OPERATING COSTS
Cost per nautical mile     US$ 0.48
Cost per hour     US$ 57.50

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Below are the various kits available for the Sling 2, as well as any optional extras available.

Kit builders do not only receive support from the friendly staff at The Airplane Factory, but you also have support through the extensive kit building manual supplied with your kit and our Kit Build Channel on YouTube, supplying you with informative videos which assist in building your Sling kit.

Kits Available

Empennage Kit:
Kit for construction of complete horizontal and vertical stabilisers, rudder and elevators, hinges, control connectors, trim tab, composite tips.
Wing Kit:
Kit for construction of complete set of wings, including already assembled main spars, flaps, ailerons, hinges, bellcranks, fuel tanks, pitot mount brackets, composite wing tips.
Fuselage Kit:
Kit for construction of complete forward, mid and rear fuselage, including fully assembled centre spar, rear spar, seats, all control mechanisms (throttle, brake, stick, pedals etc), firewall, engine mount attached to firewall.
Undercarriage Kit:
Complete undercarriage kit including main and front gear, main gear mount bolts, front spring & related parts, wheels, tyres, tubes, axles, bearings, hydraulic brake system.
Canopy and Instrument Panel Kit:
Complete canopy kit including slider, front and main canopy frames, front windscreen, main canopy, closing panels
Final assembly and finishing Kit:
Kit includes everything required to effect final assembly of aircraft, including nose cowling, all composite closing fairings, pushrod assemblies, related rivets and hardware.

Extras:

• Kit packed in separate cardboard & plywood boxes - required for freighting
• ROTAX 912 ULS 100 hp engine
• Firewall Forward Kit - Rotax 912 ULS (exhaust, radiators, suspension frame etc.)
• Fuel system including aux fuel pump, selector valve etc.
• Warp Drive propellor, prop extension, spinner
• MGL EFIS system complete plus backup analogue flight instruments
• MGL V6 Radio, VHF antenna (includes internal intercom)
• Electrics, switches, circuit breakers, batteries, wires, actuators etc.
• Landing lights
• Airframe components, wheel spats, steps etc.
• Leather upholstery, carpets etc.
• Extras, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, covers etc.
• Documentation, fees & inspections
• Paint (estimate)
• Tools, clecos, pneumatic riveter etc.

Optional

• ROTAX 912 iS 100 hp fuel injected engine
• Firewall Forward Kit - Rotax 912 iS (exhaust, radiators, suspension frame etc.)
• Fuel system for Rotax 912 iS
• ROTAX 914 UL 115 hp turbo charged engine
• Firewall Forward Kit - Rotax 914 UL (radiators, suspension frame etc.)
• Fuel system for Rotax 914 UL
• Airmaster constant speed propellor kit
• Trig transponder with antenna and harness
• Auto Pilot system
• Aveo triple PowerBurst LED strobe and nav light system with lifetime warranty
• Parachute recovery system with mount and cables

Standard Equipment

•  Sling constructed from CNC punched aircraft grade aluminium
•  Dark grey carpets with sound proofing underneath
•  Anodised main spars and all aluminium parts are Alodined for corrosion protection
•  Centre console with padded armrest and small storage hatch
•  Rotax 912 ULS (100 hp) engine with automatic carb heat system & stainless steel exhaust
•  Cabin heater - both sides
•  3 bladed ground adjustable Warp Drive composite propellor with nickel leading edge & 10" composite spinner
•  Oil cooler and radiator for hot and cold operation with in-line oil thermostat
•  Front gear, engine mount and pedals made from 4130 steel
•  Auxillary electric fuel pump
•  Robust main gear from uni and biax glass fibre & aircraft grade epoxy
•  Robust coil spring with needle roller bearings on front gear
•  MGL Explorer iEFIS multifunction touch screen primary instrument which also displays: EGT, CHT, oil temp, oil press, rpm, fuel level, fuel press, fuel flow, manifold press
•  3 1/8" backup instruments - ASI, altimeter, 2 1/4" slip indicator, standard panel mount compass
•  MGL V6 VHF radio / intercom & Rami 10V VHF antenna
•  150 Litre (39 US gal) wet fuel tanks in wings (75 Litre for LSA)
•  Large electrically operated slotted flaps
•  Ailerons and elevator use pushrod controls with bearings & all control surface hinges use ball bearings
•  Cast aluminium unheated pitot tube with angle of attack
•  Inspection hatches at all junctions and inspection points Internal red LED cabin light

•  Full dual controls - sticks, pedals, throttle and brakes
•  Glove / map box in instrument panel
•  Matco axles, wheels and powerful hydraulic disc brakes with park brake - 5" front & 6" main wheels with 4/6 ply aviation tyres Landing / taxi lights (double 55 W) on one wing
•  Composite wheel spats on all 3 wheels
•  Locking fuel caps
•  Andair fuel selector valve (selection - left, right, off)
•  Fixed front windscreen, roll-over protection bar and rear sliding main canopy with lockable canopy lock
•  Painted single colour on the outside and grey interior
•  Electrically operated elevator trim tab
•  Flap controller - 4 position auto switch panel Halon fire extinguisher, first aid kit with emergency signal strips
•  RAC stick grip with PTT, elevator trim and flap buttons on LH seat stick & RAC stick grip with ptt on RH Sling Sunshield, lightweight canopy cover, plugs and covers for intakes and pitot tube
•  Circuit breakers in the instrument panel Fuel tester, engine tool kit
•  Adjustable seats - both base and back, adjustable pedals
•  Side handle for climbing onto the wing
•  Leather upholstery (seats, map pockets and stick boots) and new style leatherette interior side panels with pockets
•  Padded leather dash top with cooling vent for instruments.
•  Log books, pilot operators and maintenance manuals
•  Registered and with flight authorization or with the necessary paperwork for export orders
•  Test flown, trimmed and instruments calibrated

Optional Upgrade Items

•  Aviation start keyed switch - master|left|right|both|start
•  VSI 0 - 2,000 ft/min
•  Rotax 912 iS (100 hp) fuel injected engine instead of the Rotax 912 ULS
•  Rotax 914 UL (115 hp) turbo charged engine instead of the Rotax 912 ULS
•  Aveo triple AveoFlash LED strobe and nav light system with lifetime warrantee
•  Aveo triple PowerBurst LED strobe and nav light system with lifetime warrantee
•  Kuntzleman triple strobe streamline head with nav light system
•  Kuntzleman LED landing light (single) instead of standard Halogen (price for each one)
•  Additional standard landing lights on RH wing
•  Special colour paint scheme per extra colour
•  Carbon fibre look on panel and centre console
•  Golf bag luggage extension
•  Put parachute cables and all mount brackets and skins in readiness for a parachute
•  Magnum 601 ballistic parachute
•  Whirlwind 3 bladed ground adjustable 70" prop
•  Airmaster 3 blade constant speed prop with nickel leading edges and aluminium spinner
•  Trig 21 Mode S transponder
•  Vacuum pump system with gauge and regulator
•  Artificial Horizon gyro vacuum gauge


•  Artificial Horizon gyro electric gauge
•  Special complex stripes on fuselage, wings or spats
•  Direction Indicator gyro gauge
•  Dual toe hydraulic brakes instead of hand operated brake
•  Countersinking of all exterior rivets
•  Xenon landing light (single) instead of standard Halogen (price for each one)
•  Turn Coordinator Indicator electric gauge
•  Garmin SL30 NAV COM with AV 12L antenna (instead of MGL V6)
•  Garmin GTX 327
•  Course Deviation Indicator gauge
•  Garmin SL40 radio and intercom with 10V VHFantenna (instead of MGL V6)
•  Zaon Collision Avoidance PCAS XRX installed
•  PM 1000 II Intercom with VOX and music input
•  Ram mount and charge connection for iPad
•  FT-6- Red Block Fuel Flow Transducer (instead of the standard flow sender)
•  Ameriking ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) Night lights on "6 pack" analogue instruments with dimmer
•  A second MGL Explorer iEFIS and backup battery (no analogue gauges)
•  MGL autopilot servos connected to Voyager EFIS (roll & pitch autopilot)
•  A second MGL Explorer iEFIS with backup battery (keeping analogue gauges)
•  Elevator trim on both sticks (full dual operation)
•  Arrange CAA test flights and approvals for flight school training
•  Authority to Fly

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SERVICE & SAFETY BULLETINS
TAF Safety Alert 001 131112 912iS fuel connector
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TAF Safety Alert 002 180613 fuel hose
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TAF Safety Alert 003 291113 Flap Controller (Kit Built)
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TAF Safety Alert 004 130314 Fuel Filter (912iS)
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TAF Safety Alert 005 140314 Fuel tank pickup
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TAF Service Bulletin 001 080414 Cracks in landing gear
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TAF Service Bulletin 0002 140814 Centre to rear fuselage join
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DOCUMENTATION
Sling 2 Pilot Operating Handbook Ver. 2.3
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Sling 2 Maintenance Manual Ver. 2.2
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Sling 2 Specifications & Performance
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Sling LSA Pilot Operating Handbook Ver. 2.3
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Sling LSA Maintenance Manual Ver. 2.2
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SLING BUILDING APP
The app is titled Sling Builder and is listed in the iTunes store for Free at the following link

CONTACT US FOR A QUOTE
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The Sling can be flown either as a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) or as a Very Light Aircraft (VLA)