The Airplane Factory announced July 23 that a new light sport aircraft has joined the company’s expanding Sling product line.
The Sling NGT (Next-Generation Trainer) has a two-place low-wing airframe with a bubble canopy. It is powered by a Rotax 912iS powerplant with full authority digital engine control, said Wayne Toddun, co-chief executive officer of Sling Pilot Academy. It cruises at 120 knots and can climb at nearly 1,000 feet per minute, he said. Toddun introduced the aircraft at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
Sling NGTs are the cornerstone aircraft of the newly established Sling Pilot Academy, an ab initio flight school in Torrance, California, Toddun said. Students can obtain their private and commercial certificates, instrument rating, and flight instructor and CFII certificates in the Sling NGT. They then get their multiengine rating and CFI-ME in Tecnam P2009 twin-engine trainers, he said. The program takes about nine months to complete.
The IFR-certified Sling NGT is available for $202,480. For more information, see the website.
(If you are wondering, yes, LSAs can be IFR-certified. Learn more about that here.)