What can you do with a Sling? In today’s world, an aircraft needs to be fun, stable, efficient and—most of all—useful. Gone are the days when pilots would look only at cruise speed and climb performance when considering a new aircraft. Today’s pilots are different from the former fighter jocks of the ’60s and ’70s. More than anything, they want to know what an airplane is capable of and what it can be used for. They have families and busy careers, and they need aircraft that can be used as tools for travel without costing a fortune to operate. But, they’re still aviators and want something that speaks to them emotionally and fuels their passion for flying. It’s there, in the realm of almost impossible expectations, where the South African Sling light-sport aircraft stands out.
The Airplane Factory’s Sling lives in the passionate “pilot’s airplane” corner of the aviation spectrum. With its sliding canopy, all-metal construction and nimble handling, the Sling feels like a lot more airplane than it is, and it touches pilots in the same place where P-51s and fighter jets do—the senses. Though it’s neither a warbird nor a fighter jet, it feels like one, and in today’s world of glass cockpits and one-touch autopilots, that’s a huge selling point for pilots who love to fly for the thrill and adventure of it.