MAX PERSONS

4 PERSONS

USEFUL LOAD

450 KG

CRUISE SPEED

130 KTAS

MAX RANGE

700 NM

CLIMB RATE

800 FPM

FUEL BURN

23 LT/HR

OVERVIEW - SLING 4

The idea of a Sling 4-seater emerged from TAF founders’ Mike Blyth and James Pitman’s 2009 Around-The-World (ATW) Sling flight. Although designed as a 600 kg Light Sport Aircraft, it was soon clear that even with a normally aspirated 100 hp motor, it performed well up to 970 kg. Thus the Sling 2, after passing the required standards, was certified as a 700 kg MAUW.

Work also began on the development of a 4-seat version. The chief differences between the Sling 2 and the Sling 4 are wing size, engine and the centre fuselage arrangements. Where the standard Sling customarily uses a 100 hp Rotax 912 ULS or iS engine, the Sling 4 is fitted with the 115 hp turbocharged Rotax 914 UL engine, while the Sling TSi is powered by a 142 hp Rotax 915 iS Turbo Injected Sports.

The turbocharged engine gives full power at up to 15,000 feet, at which altitude the 100 hp would only be delivering approximately 55 hp. So, on a hot day the difference in power between the 912 ULS and 914 UL engine is in the vicinity of 36%, not just 15%.

PRACTICAL AND DESIRABLE

The Sling 4 was built to be the most practical and desirable lightweight, four-place experimental aircraft on the market, a niche not previously filled. It’s slightly longer than the Sling LSA, but with a more powerful engine (Rotax 914 UL) and gullwing doors instead of a sliding canopy. It flies much like the Sling LSA, perfectly-coordinated with highly responsive – but not overly-sensitive – controls.

It’s the perfect getaway aircraft for four with ample luggage space.

“A four-place cruiser that carries four adults, several hours’ worth of fuel and a respectable luggage load, and consumes less than 6 gph, the Sling 4 does so in leather-wrapped comfort. It has a wider cabin than a Bonanza, looks sexy on the ramp, and its turbocharged Rotax whisks it along at a decent 125 knots — all for a fraction of the price of a comparable new Part 23 airplane.”
Marc C. Lee (Plane and Pilot Magazine)

SLING 4 EXTERIOR

Design the exterior of your Sling Aircraft to your liking

You can turn your Sling into your personalised dream aircraft using our numerous standard or complex paint scheme and vinyl design options. In addition, Sling Aircraft uses LEDs for all exterior lighting. Not only do these use less energy and generate less heat, they are exceptionally bright and allow for sharply defined beams.  Effortlessly elegant, superbly appointed and finished with a forensic eye.

SLING 4 INTERIOR

A truly first-class travel experience

The Sling 4’s sublime and beautifully appointed interior features executive four seat comfort. Enveloped in authentic leather and lavish carpeting, the Sling 4 stands out with an elegance that adds a touch of class to aircraft interiors. Available in five color palettes: Cast Iron, Red Velvet, Indigo Sky, Namib Dune and Cloud Burst with stitching, piping and panelling in complementary colors.

POWERPLANT & PROPELLER

Your Sling 4 is powered by a 115 hp turbo charged Rotax 914 UL.

This engine offers more performance at high altitudes while delivering lower weight engines.

Your Sling 4 is fitted with an Airmaster 3 Blade Constant Speed propeller. These variable-pitch propellers automatically change its blade pitch in order to maintain a chosen rotational speed. This operation perfectly suits modern engines, particularly the turbo charged variety.

AVIONICS

Excellent instrumentation options make for a unique and state-of-the-art flying experience, at a fraction of the cost of our certified competitors.

Full integrated EFIS with autopilot, radio and transponder with 2020-compliant ADS-B is available with live weather and traffic alerts in the cockpit.

INSTRUMENTATION OPTIONS

We have standardised on Garmin instruments throughout. They are modern, reliable and you can get the backup you need no matter where you are in the world.

Instrumentation - Garmin G3X Touch - TAF

GARMIN EFIS

Designed from the ground up with a native touchscreen interface, the Garmin 10” G3X Touch flight display is the smartest, most advanced large-format flight displays Garmin has ever designed specifically for LSA and amateur-built aircraft.  The integration and versatility provided by the G3X Touch make it the ideal panel layout for your Sling Aircraft.

Falcon Backup Instruments

BACKUP INSTRUMENTS

Backup instruments as standard are 3 1/8” analogue instruments for airspeed and altitude. Falcon equivalent airspeed indicators have been one of the most chosen flight instruments by kit plane builders and sport pilots. There are many great advantages: excellent slow speed characteristics; very progressive increments; variety of ranges; light weight; short length; affordable price; and reliability. All airspeed indicators are housed in an aluminum case and all parts are made with metal. Also on that the image is of a 2 pointer altimeter and we actually use 3 pointer. Click on the learn more link and see the page it pulls up.

Instrumentation - Garmin Radios - TAF

GARMIN RADIOS

Designed specifically for light sport aircraft, the GTR 200 combines powerful Comm capabilities with advanced workload-reducing features formerly only found in high-end certified systems. Its slim 1.35” tall design allows you to make the most of limited space in your panel while 10 W of transmit power helps ensure solid communications between you and ATC or other aircraft in your vicinity. Information displays on the large, sunlight-readable display with brightness levels that can adjust automatically to the natural light level in the cockpit, or can be adjusted manually by the pilot.

Instrumentation - Garmin Transponder - TAF

GARMIN TRANSPONDERS

For nearly 20 years, Garmin has led the development and deployment of various ADS-B projects, and they have optimized their ADS-B solutions for light sport aircraft. The GTX 35R ADS-B transponder integrates with Garmin G3X and G3XTM Touch to provide you quick, cost-effective and powerful ADS-B “Out” capabilities you can control through your flight display.

Garmin Autopilot - TAF

GARMIN AUTO PILOTS

The GMC 307 control panel offers a dedicated interface for G3X autopilots light sport aircraft. When installed with G3X flight displays, GMC 307 offers features normally reserved for high-end aircraft that use the GFC 700 digital autopilot system, including advanced autopilot modes, such as indicated airspeed hold, independent flight director and third-axis yaw damper.

ELT - 406-MHz E-04 ACK ELT

ELT'S

For distress alerts, your Sling Aircraft is fitted with the standard frequency of the 406-MHz E-04 ACK ELT. This internationally-regulated mobile radiocommunication service aids in search and rescue operations to detect and locate aircraft. This model, which includes 250 knot whip antenna does not come standard, however it is available as an optional extra.

Specifications & Performance

PERFORMANCE & ENGINE

914UL

Manufacturer
Bombardier‐Rotax GmbH
Horsepower
115hp/86kW (Turbo)
Maximum Allowable Speed (Vne)
135 KIAS | 155 MPH
Cruise Speed - 9500ft AMSL
130 KTAS/150 MPH
Stall Speed - Clean
55 KIAS/63 MPH
Stall Speed - Full Flaps
46 KCAS/55 MPH
Max Demonstrated Crosswind Component
15 KTAS/17 MPH
Takeoff Ground Roll - Concrete
720ft/220m
Landing Distance - Braked
460ft/140nm
Rate of Climb - Sea Level
800ft/min
Maximum Operating Altitude
15,000ft
Endurance
8 Hours
Range @ 75% Power with 45min Reserve
700nm/1110km
Dimensions
Wingspan
32ft 58in | 9.93m
Length
23ft 38in | 7.125m
Height
8ft | 2.45m
Cabin Width
45ft 3in | 1.15m
Weights
Standard Empty Weight
470kg
Maximum Useful Load
450 kg
Maximum Takeoff Weight (VLA)
920kg

STANDARD & OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

The Sling 4 include a host of handy standard features. Interior is all leather upholstered, the carpets are sound proofed and there are cabin heaters on both sides. Seats are adjustable, both base and back, as are the pedals.

Controls are full-dual – stick, pedals, throttle and brakes. Comfort on the inside is complemented by robust, safety-first design on the outside. Slings are made using CNC punched aircraft grade aluminium, main spars are anodised and all aluminium parts alodined against corrosion. Front gear, engine mount and pedals are 4130 steel, while ailerons and elevators have pushrod controls with bearings; indeed all control surface hinges use ball bearings.

MAINTENANCE

Sling aircraft are inexpensive to buy and run. The graph below will give an approximate breakdown of how the costs per hour are realized.

COSTS PER HOUR

  • Fuel $20
  • MPI $8

RUNNING COSTS

  • Sling LSA & Sling 2
    Sling LSA & Sling 2

    Sling 2 & LSA Running Costs/Hour

    $31
    This is an estimated running cost per hour for these aircraft based on maintenance and fuel burn costs.
  • Sling TSi
    Sling TSi

    Sling TSi Running Costs/Hour

    $54
    This is an estimated running cost per hour for a Sling TSi aircraft based on maintenance and fuel burn costs.

WARRANTY

A great warranty means great peace of mind in the sky.

Sling Aircraft Warranty options will prolong your Sling’s life and future adventures giving you peace of mind high in the sky. Contact us regarding warranty options that will protect your Sling. This will keep your Sling flying like new; the only thing we can’t keep new is that new aircraft smell.

PHOTOS OF OUR SLING 4

SLING 4 BROCHURE

SLING 4 DOCUMENTS

PURCHASE MY SLING

SLING 4 IS POWERED BY A 115HP Turbo Charged Rotax 914UL

Our Sling 4 will comfortably cruise at 130 KTAS.

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