|Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo|
The Airplane Factory, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, produces the Sling 2 and Sling 4 aircraft models and has distributors around the world, including in Torrance, CA for North America. The Sling 2 is a LSA class aircraft of aluminum construction available in kit or finished form. It offers a variety of cockpit instrumentation and color options, and optional ballistic emergency parachute for aircraft recovery. The Sling 4 is a four-seat model based on the Sling design, with upgraded engine and additional configuration options. We visited the exhibit and viewed a Sling 4 taxiing:
Arion Aircraft, based in Shelbyville, TN manufactures the Lightning series of welded steel and fiberglass LSAs featuring three different models. The Lightning Classic kit comes with a firewall forward kit that includes a Jabiru 3300 engine. The Lightning XS kit offers more options, including Jabiru, UL and Lycoming engines and airframe improvements. The Lightning LS-1 factory-built model is similar to the Classic but comes complete and ready to fly.