Sling 2




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The Airplane Factory Sling 2 is a South African two-seater light aircraft designed and produced by The Airplane Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Sling is a two-seat, low wing, all metal aircraft with tricycle landing gearmade from composites.

The aircraft is powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912 IS engine which drives a 3-bladed Warp Drive Inc propeller.

The airplane features a sliding canopy, large fuel tanks, and standard equipment includes a “glass cockpit” style display.

Mike Blyth began working on the design of the Sling 2 in 2006. The first prototype was completed in 2008, the Sling made its first flight on November 18, 2008.

A full testing programme followed, with the help of a South African military aerodynamicist, which was completed in 2009. Blyth and partner James Pitman then flew the 2nd prototype around the world to accomplish a challenging circumnavigation.

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: One passenger
  • Length: 21.9 feet (6.68 meters)
  • Wingspan: 30.1 feet (9.17 meters)
  • Height: 8.2 feet (2.49 meters)
  • Wing area: 127.5 sq ft (11.85 sq metres)
  • Empty weight: 794 lb (360 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 1320 lb (600 kg)
  • Useful load: 526 lb (240 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1320 lb (600 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 ├Ś Rotax 912ULS variable pitch, 100 hp (73 kW)
  • Propeller diameter: 70 inch (178 cm)
  • Fuel Capacity: 39.6 U.S. gallons (150 liters)
  • Baggage Capacity: 77 lb (35 kg)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 135 knots (155 mph)
  • Maximum speed: 120 knots (138 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 110 knots (126 mph)
  • Stall speed: 45 knots (52 mph)
  • Range: 800+ nm (1500+ km)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 feet (3,657 meters)
  • Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.57 m/s)