Saturday, December 1, 2007
TL-Ultralight: Sting Sport TL-2000
Yet another Czech Republic LSA is showing the world how to build a true economy machine
| It seems the Czech Republic is one of the world’s centers for LSA manufacturing these days. A multitude of light-sport aircraft are being built in the former Czechoslovakia and sold all over the world.|
It seems the Czech Republic is one of the world’s centers for LSA manufacturing these days. A multitude of light-sport aircraft are being built in the former Czechoslovakia and sold all over the world.
In fact, the United States came late to the party, specifically 2005. LSAs and ultralights have been all the rage in Europe for some time. The cost of flying has only recently increased dramatically here in the States, but fuel, airways and communication charges, landing fees and a multitude of other taxes have been a way of life in Europe for decades.
The TL-Ultralight Company of Hradec Králové, near Prague, has been producing a variety of gliders and light aircraft since 1990. TL began its product line selling the popular, high-wing Typhoon and Condor. The current stable at TL includes those airplanes plus the Star and the Sting, powered by various versions of the popular Rotax engine.
The Sting Sport is the most upscale model in TL’s lineup. It may be fitted with Rotax engines ranging from 80 to 115 hp, and in Australia, it has even been mounted on retractable gear and flown behind a constant-speed prop. (By FAA mandate, neither of these options is available in American LSAs.)
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