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.

Marc Cook
KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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  1. Hmmm… Expressed as a ratio, this might look like:
    (9 mo.+4 seats+155kt+glass panel+brand new+40 hr test+knowing the airplane inside & out)
    $161000 & change
    = A pretty decent deal