First US-Built Sling TSi Completed


The South African kit manufacturer celebrated a milestone this week when the first Sling TSi built at the company’s Southern Californian builder-assistance center completed its 40-hour Phase I flight-test program.

The four-seat Sling has been offered as a kit for some time but the company has been busy setting up a stateside builder-assist program at its Torrance, California, base. This particular Sling was built by Algen Albritten. Described as a “serial entrepreneur,” Albritten, normally a Jacksonville, Florida, resident, lived in SoCal starting in February 2019 through the completion and Phase I testing this month. Because he’s a newly minted pilot, Albritten handed flight testing over to The Aircraft Factory’s Jean D’Assonville.

“I wanted something rugged and easy to fly… I’m a new pilot, so I wanted an airplane that would be simple and stable to fly, as well as get me where I wanted to go… the TSi is already meeting my expectations. I can’t wait to fly it home in the next week or so,” noted Albritten.

The four-seat Sling gets a claimed cruise speed of 155 knots from a 141-HP turbocharged Rotax 915is. Kit price with all the quickbuild options as well as the engine, propeller, avionics, and fully electronic instruments is just over $161,000.

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Marc Cook
Marc Cook is a veteran special-interest journalist who started as a staffer at AOPA Pilot in the late 1980s. Marc has built two airplanes, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Aviation Sportsman, and now owns a 180-hp, steam-gauge-adjacent GlaStar based in western Oregon. Marc has 5000 hours spread over 200-plus types and four decades of flying.


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