Last Seen in California…


Sling TSi

When last we saw the Sling TSi four-seat cruiser, it was in the mountains outside Las Angeles, in California. This week, it showed up in Lakeland, Florida, after a 13 hour non-stop flight from those sunny climes to these warm shores. The pilots reported that they cruised all the way to the gulf coast at 17,500′, sipping less than 6 gallons per hour. Eventually, they hit weather somewhere just past New Orleans, and descended to stay below the clouds, setting out over the Gulf for some of the way to the west coast of Florida.

There was discussion over fuel flow and gas remaining, and if a diversion was going to be necessary, but the remarkable fuel consumption of the Rotax 915iS gave them confidence when the numbers showed they’d reach Sun ‘n Fun with over an hour and a half of petrol still in the tanks, so they pressed on, arriving in time to set up for opening day to show off the latest of the Slings.

You can read more about the Sling TSi in the April 2019 issue of Kitplanes Magazine!

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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