There’s a joyful aspect to flying any low-wing LSA that you just don’t get with a high-winger: the unrestricted panoramic view from the horizon upward. I’ve unabashedly gushed about it before, and going up with SportairUSA’s Bill Canino in the new Sting S3 gives me another chance, so here goes.
The prime factor in the S3’s visceral in-flight magic is the big, clear bubble canopy: Its horizontal and overhead view is spectacular. The one-piece canopy is like a big goldfish bowl over your head. The “rails” of the bubble are almost below your elbows. The clear top runs all the way behind your head, so you can look straight up or crane your neck left and right and see what’s above and behind. There’s also a generous rear window. In fact, but for the single painted stripe where the roll cage spans the canopy, you’d swear you’re looking through a jet-fighter canopy—and a roomy canopy (44 inches) at that.