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Sling TSi Makes World Debut

July 27, 2018 - The Sling TSi, a four-place turbocharged kit aircraft from South Africa’s Airplane Factory, is making its world debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, taking its place as the flagship of the company’s line of Sling LSA and kit aircraft.

“It’s the big brother to the Sling 4,” said Mike Blyth, Airplane Factory founder, director and shareholder, at the company’s exhibit area (North Aircraft Display, Booths 618-619). “About three-quarters of the fuselage is similar, but the rest of the aircraft is new.”

The TSi on display is “actually our first kit that we’ve sold,” said Blyth, made by launch customer Wayne Toddun and his son from a quick-build kit with builder assistance.

The aircraft was made possible by Rotax’s introduction of its 135-hp 915 iS turbocharged and fuel-injected FADEC (full authority digital engine control) engine in 2015. “When I first started designing the Sling 4, I knew the 915 engine was being developed, so the intention all along was to make a new aircraft when the new engine came out, and that’s what we’ve done,” Blyth said. Compared to the Sling 4, “We’ve got 35 percent more power on this engine. It’s a true four-seater: It’s got a 145-knot cruise at altitude, fantastic handling qualities, good range, and lots of space inside.”

The wing is optimized for the aircraft’s power and weight, and the leading edge is flush-riveted for low drag, as are the forward fuselage and empennage. The wheelpants are low drag, the landing gear is airfoiled, and the cowling is also redesigned.

The TSi’s useful load, at 1,015 pounds, almost equals its empty weight of 1,080 pounds. The TSi climbs at 1,000 fpm at gross weight and reaches its max cruise of 145 KTAS at 9,500 feet MSL, where it burns just 8 gph. Maximum range is 800 nm.

The Sling TSi kit, including the engine, Airmaster constant-speed prop, and glass panel, is priced at $135,297; the quick-build kit, which shaves about 500 hours from the estimated 1,200-hour build time, is $157,292. A ballistic parachute is optional.

Under the TSi Builder Assist program, customers spend about two weeks in construction at the build facility, leave while detail work is performed on the aircraft, and then return for the final construction phase and flight testing. The cost of the Builder Assist program varies from country to country (the Airplane Factory has distributors in 17 countries, Blyth said) and individual aircraft configuration. “If you go up to the most expensive, quick-build, build assist, plus parachute and full IFR, [the cost] could go up to $220,000, I guess,” Blyth said. “It depends on what you put in there.”

In addition to efficiency, Slings are designed for ease of handling, particularly at the slow end of the envelope. “These are often going to new pilots, young pilots, and [the aircraft] can’t pretend to be high-performance jets. So what you want is something that has a reasonable cruise, good climb, but especially good manners at low speed, so it’s not going to hurt anybody ever.”

The Sling line is also known for its rugged reliability, a reputation Blyth helped establish by circumnavigating the Earth in both the Sling 2 and Sling 4 immediately upon completion of their flight-test programs. “I’ve flown my family, children, grandchild, I fly at night [with them], and I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t know exactly what goes into them, and I absolutely 100 percent trust everything in them.”

As for reaction at Oshkosh to the newest Sling: “I’m absolutely blown away this year by how well we’ve been accepted,” Blyth said. “For me personally, Oshkosh is the epitome of everything you do when you’re a light aircraft designer and manufacturer. I couldn’t imagine not coming every year.”

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Sling Aircraft Sling TSi

South African homebuilt aircraft introduced in 2018

The Sling TSi is a South African four-seat, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt aircraft sold in kit form by Sling Aircraft of Johannesburg South.[1] It was developed from the Sling 4.

The Sling TSi first flew in 2018,[2] with kits being shipped to builders[3] in fall 2018.

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was developed in 2018. The Sling TSi is an all-metal, low-wing, fixed tricycle gearhomebuilt aircraft. The airplane is equipped with the new Rotax 915iS engine and was the inspiration for the designation of TSi. Parts of the wings and fuselage were reinforced and outfitted with flush riveting for increased strength and reduced drag over the Sling 4.[4]

Operational history[edit]

The first Sling TSi in the USA was shown at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2018.[5]

In a review for KitPlanes, writer Paul Dye said, "...it lives up to its design goals. We flew with four full sized adults from a field with a density altitude of 9,000' and had to throttle back to keep from exceeding redline when we leveled off at 10,000. Later, operating off of a dry lakebed in the high desert, with temperatures of 100 degrees, we never had to worry about engine cooling - and it handled like a fine touring machine."[4]

A company demonstrator Sling TSi flew non-stop from Torrance, California, to Tampa Executive Airport on its way to Lakeland, Florida for Sun 'n Fun 2019 in 13.5 hours. The aircraft carried an additional 30 U.S. gallons (110 L; 25 imp gal) of fuel over the normal 45 U.S. gallons (170 L; 37 imp gal) long-range tanks and benefited from tailwinds en route.[6]

In July 2019 the company did a ceiling expansion test and flew non-stop from Torrance, California to Wittman Regional Airport to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for 9.75 hours. The aircraft reached a final height of 27,000 feet.[7]


During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2019 the development of a new high-wing variant, the Sling HW was announced.[8]

Specifications (2020 model Sling TSi)[edit]

Data from manufacturer[1][9]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: three passengers
  • Length: 23.54 ft (7.17 m)
  • Wingspan: 31.3 ft (9.5 m)
  • Height: 8 ft (2.4 m)
  • Wing area: 134.2 sq ft (12.47 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.9
  • Empty weight: 1,080 lb (490 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,094 lb (950 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 52.04 US gallons (197.0 l; 43.33 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 915iShorizontally-opposed piston aircraft engine, 141 hp (105 kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Airmaster Propellers electric constant speed propeller


  • Cruise speed: 148 kn (170 mph, 274 km/h) true airspeed
  • Stall speed: 48 kn (55 mph, 89 km/h) full flaps, indicated airspeed[10]
  • Never exceed speed: 155 kn (178 mph, 287 km/h) indicated airspeed[10]
  • Range: 880 nmi (1,010 mi, 1,630 km) 75% power with 45 minute reserve
  • Endurance: 8 hours
  • Service ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,500 m)
  • g limits: +3.8g -1.9g [10]
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 16.91 lb/sq ft (82.6 kg/m2) [10]


  • Garmin 10-inch G3X touch EFIS
  • Garmin G5 backup EFIS
  • Garmin GTR 200 airband radio
  • Garmin GTX 35R remote aircraft transponder
  • Garmin GA28 autopilot system with Garmin GAD 27 multifunction system interface
  • Garmin GMA 245R Bluetooth Audio Panel.

See also[edit]

Similar aircraft


External links[edit]

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Watch Doug Goodrich of Custom Aircraft Builders as he builds his Sling TSi nicknamed "First Flight."

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  • Standard or Quickbuild Kit Available
  • Proven Aluminum Construction
  • Efficient - 7 to 8 gph
  • FADEC (single lever) engine control
  • Rotax 915iS turbo engine
  • Room for four adults plus bags
  • Optional extended baggage area
  • Gullwing doors for easy access
  • Coordinated, highly responsive flight controls
  • Great ramp appeal
  • State-of-the art glass panel
  • Leather seats and upholstery trim
  • Excellent visibility
  • Professional builders assistance available
  • Rugged landing gear
  • Optional long-range fuel capacity
  • Optional split fold-down rear seat
  • Whole-aircraft ballistic parachute available
Sling TSi Performance and Specifications
Cruise Speed:148 to 155+ kts
Fuel Burn:7.5 to 8 gph
Rate of Climb:1,000 fpm
Max Range:800 nm
Fuel Capacity:45 gals
Max Gross:2,095 lbs
Empty Weight:1,080 lbs
Useful Load:1,015 lbs
Pay Load:745 lbs
Wing Span:31.3’
Cockpit Width:44”
Engine Type:Rotax 915iS
Power:Turbo Charged FADEC 141 HP

See a TSi and High Wing comparison chart on our High Wing page here.

How much does it cost?

Being a kit-built aircraft means there are a lot of options and choices to determine the total price of a completed aircraft. That's why Custom Aircraft Builders created the Build Budget PDF to help with this process. It also makes it easier for us to provide you with the most current prices.

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The TSi & HW Build Budget includes:

  • Kit prices

  • Options and prices

  • Builder Assistance Program information

  • Custom Elite (Ready-To-Fly) Program information

  • Avionics estimates

  • Paint estimates

  • All the info you need to build your new Sling

With such a new aircraft, it's hard to find a TSi to test fly. An independent flight review video may be the next best thing. Thanks to Thomas Marrow and MOJOGRIP for creating these TSi flight reviews.

Every airplane owner is different. We are here to listen to your ideas and desires, and help you plan and build your dream aircraft.

Call Doug Goodrich today at 607-821-2982 to start the process or set up a demo flight.

Find out how to get a Sling in Canada

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Sling TSi Kit – Speed on Rails

4 PEOPLE AT 155+ KTAS AT 9,500’MSL!

The Sling TSi Kit is the airplane Sling fans have been waiting for. All of the style, economy and practical utility of the Sling 4, but with more SPEED! Harnessing the power of the new Rotax 915iS turbo-charged, fuel-injected and FADEC engine, the Sling TSi maintains the quiet, comfortable and smooth ride with an extra dose of horsepower.


The Sling TSi features an all-new high speed wing design: optimized for the power and weight of the aircraft. The leading edge of the wing is flush-riveted for low drag. The forward fuselage and empennage are also flush-riveted. The landing gear is airfoiled, low-drag wheel pants incorporated and there is a new cowling design.


The interior, seating, ventilation and heatingare improved for passenger comfortand luxury.

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