So, what you may ask, is the ideal training aircraft? One that can satisfy the demands of a modern-day high-flight-time fixed-wing flight school operation? Well, that depends on what you are looking for. In days gone by, the Cessna 172 and Piper Cherokee were the go-to training aircraft. However, the goalposts have moved considerably, to the point where the typical legacy aircraft can no longer fulfil the role that flight training in this modern era demands.
Enter the Sling LSA. Based on the tried and tested Sling 2 – an aircraft which has been plying its trade in flight schools both locally and internationally for the past 11 years. Collectively, these aircraft have logged thousands of hours in this environment, with some now exceeding 7,500 hours of abuse. The Sling LSA is an evolution of the brand, specifically designed to satisfy the demands of modern-day flight school operations.
Built entirely with a robust all-metal construction, the aircraft is well suited to the rigours of the flight school environment. The low wing layout provides for predictable handling while still being a ‘stick and rudder’ aircraft. Characteristically stable and well-harmonised, but still requires positive aircraft control to be flown well. The Sling LSA demands more finesse and ‘stick and rudder’ skill, compared to the Cessna 172, which is a great flight training aircraft trait.