DAR John Shablow poses with The Airplane Factory’s Matt Liknaitzky in front of the Sling LSA
after the inspection.
The Airplane Factory Sling’s Special Airworthiness Certificate
After just 2 months of assembly and paperwork the Airplane Factory Sling is airborne!
From receiving the Sling in a shipping container to final assembly we’ve seen this airplane through its stages and boy, are we excited! After final inspection and being given her airworthiness certification we couldn’t keep her on the ground. She flies so beautifully we can’t wait to share her with the rest of the United States!
We have to thank our peers at The Airplane Factory in South Africa for making the assembly process so easy and straightforward. We started with the horizontal stabilizer just a couple days after its arrival and before we knew it there was a beautiful plane sitting in front of us waiting for its chance to fly. Once we received the registration, the N-Number (N511NG) went on, as well as the other required placards and stickers. The last thing to do before actually flying her was install the parachute and schedule the inspection. Both of which went by without a hitch.
We’d also like to formally thank our Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), John Shablow, for helping us through the airworthiness process. Also, we’d like to thank our local FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) for sending us the most helpful representatives we could have asked for as oversight during the inspection. They were so helpful and made sure that everything was accomplished in the proper manner and in a timely fashion. We couldn’t be more grateful for both of their guidance and support in getting the Sling her Special Airworthiness Certificate.
We’re already planning out the future of the first US Sling over the next several months. As of right now we’re getting her ready as an instructional aircraft based at Torrance Municipal Airport (KTOA) in Southern California and making her available for checkouts and rentals. The Sling will also be heading to world-famous AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 for its US debut at the end of July! If you are interested in aviation, learning to fly, or maybe a test flight please let us know and we can put you on the schedule as soon as you’d like. If you happen to be somewhere along the route from California to Oshkosh but won’t be attending the show and would like a chance to view her in person please contact as ASAP and we will look into the possibility of a couple pit stops along the way.
Blue Skies & Smooth Landings,
Matthew Liknaitzky and Ryan Ruel
The Airplane Factory, Inc.
Matt Liknaitzky and Ryan Ruel pose with John Shablow (DAR) and the FAA representatives who oversaw the inspection in front of the Sling
Matt taxis back after the first flight in the newly registered and certificated Sling!