New Option-Rich Sirius High-Wing LSA

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TL-Ultralight, s.r.o., in the Czech Republic manufactures the Sting S3 low-wing LSA and now its stablemate, the TL-3000 Sirius high-wing, has also earned light sport aircraft certification. SportairUSA, LC, distributes both composite aircraft and announced Saturday that the Sirius is available for purchase in the U.S. The Sirius sports yoke steering, what appear to be race-car-like seats, and a luggage compartment that Sportair says is "more spacious than the trunk of a Honda Accord" (but comes with a weight limit of 100 pounds). The aircraft's useful load is 600 pounds, which it carries behind a carbon-fiber prop spun by a 100-hp Rotax 912ULS. It also comes standard with "the industry's fastest-opening GRS whole-plane ballistic parachute," according to Sportair, and can be fitted with floats. Sportair offers the aircraft with a variety of panel options that range from traditional six pack to a choice of multi-function displays form from a variety of suppliers that, says Sportair, would allow for ASTM-compliant instrument flight.

Sportair lists the Sirius at just under $131,000 with options, including AmSafe harnesses and TruTrak dual-axis autopilot, that can push it well over $140,000. Sportair even sells the ForeSight EVS, a forward-looking infrared enhanced vision system, and it will install it on the Sirius LSA if the spirit moves you.