In the beginning the aviation world had Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, and a handful of other recognized names. We still have many of them, but most famous brands have trained their focus on larger aircraft, while the more affordable space is increasingly occupied by Light-Sport Aircraft manufacturers and a broad array of kit-built aircraft.
“No comparison,” you might say. “GA planes are ‘real’ aircraft with four seats and have proven themselves over many years in the field.”
In the last decade, some LSA companies have succeeded enough to expand their envelope.
This story is about a South African builder that started with ultralights, progressed to LSA, and has now entered the four-seat space. I refer to The Airplane Factory (TAF) and its Sling models. [Read more…]