Settle into the cockpit and you know the Sting is different. Take off, climb, maneuver and your first impression is confirmed. It stands apart, like a fighter among passenger planes.
While the sport pilot rule was in progress, SportairUSA searched for a light, tough airplane that would appeal to seasoned pilots who want to put the costs of type certificated aircraft ownership behind them and regain the pure joy of flight. Flying this carbon fiber speedster was an eye-opener, so we worked with the experienced manufacturer, TL-Ultralight, making over 1000 improvements to refine the design and achieving LSA certification in the USA. The result is a very well equipped airplane with unmatched safety, visibility, comfort and flight characteristics.
As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, the Sting incorporates quick-release cowl fasteners, 4-point safety harnesses and several upgrades to the already intelligent instrument panel.
The Sting is a dynamic machine with the flight characteristics, comfort and equipment of a much more expensive aircraft.
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The Sting has a fully tapered wing, fixed horizontal and vertical stabilizers, split flaps and powerful elevator, rudder and aileron surfaces. Conformal cowling follows the engine contours, directing cooling air precisely to the areas where it is needed. This permits the use of smaller air inlets, presents less frontal and wetted area and reduces drag.
The aerodynamic shape of the Sting makes it agile in flight and gives it an impressive 12:1 glide ratio.
The Sting is built with composite-reinforced epoxy structures. For weight-savings and superior strength, carbon fiber products comprise approximately 85% of the reinforcing materials. The wing surfaces and fuselage are made from carbon/epoxy sandwich construction cored with closed-cell foam and assembled with epoxy adhesives. Wing and fuselage skins are vacuum bagged and oven cured. Wing spar caps and other heavily loaded components are autoclaved.
High-quality molds and care in layup yield a sleek, paintable exterior surface without the need for gel coat, saving 50 pounds of non-structural dead weight. Wings, fuselage and empennage are finished in white, two-part epoxy paint. Colorful graphics are available in vinyl, applied over the painted finish.
Passenger and pilot are enclosed in the carbon-fiber-reinforced cockpit cage with integral rollover protection.
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The 100 peak horsepower Rotax 912 ULS four cycle, four cylinder engine is lightweight, powerful, well-proven and reliably flown all over the world. We mount it with an oversized radiator and oil cooler, and a three-bladed, ground-adjustable Woodcomp composite propeller that is perfectly matched to engine and airframe.
Rotax is a subsidiary of Bombardier Recreational Products and the world's leading supplier of aircraft engines for light aircraft.
The 912 ULS produces 100 peak horsepower at 5800 rpm and 95 horsepower at 5500 rpm in continuous operation, and burns 92 octane unleaded auto fuel or 100LL aviation fuel. Cylinder heads are liquid-cooled, utilizing an oversized radiator, to increase operating efficiency and allow optimum power extraction under all operating conditions. The coolant also provides a CO-free heat source for the cockpit and for the carburetor de-icing system, which operates full-time without causing power degradation.
Woodcomp manufactures more than 150 versions of aircraft propellors in wood, composites and metal at its advanced manufacturing and testing facility. After extensive testing, the wood-cored carbon fiber composite SR 200 Woodcomp propeller was selected for the Sting. This 3-bladed, ground-adjustable propeller incorporates a plastic leading edge that serves to protect against impact damage and wear from sand, small stones, water and other matter that can damage propellers.
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The Sting's ergonomic cockpit layout promotes proficient flying. Flight controls are strategically placed for ease of access. The layout of the instrument panel facilitates a quick and easy scan.
The most striking feature of the cockpit is the panoramic, 360º view afforded by the optically clear canopy.
Molded, semi-reclined seats provide lumbar support for pilot and passenger. Dual sticks with PTT and adjustable rudder pedals are provided left and right. The inside of the cabin is lined with high quality carpet and map pockets are provided on both sides.
Four point, inertial-reel AmSafe restraint harnesses are standard (with optional air bags), as is fresh-air-sourced cabin heat and effective ventilation. The low noise cockpit is well organized and comfortably appointed for hours of flying fun.
Click on the "Avionics" tab for more about Sting 's high-tech instrument panel.
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AOPA Pilot called Sting the "flying technomobile," a reference to its carbon fiber composite construction and to its technically advanced flight instruments and avionics.
In it's most popular configuration, the Sting is delivered with an electronic flight instrumentation system by TruTrak Flight Systems, Grand Rapids Technologies or Dynon Avionics, and with the Garmin sport stack of GPS and communications avionics.
The Zaon PCAS™ collision avoidance system provides a digital readout and audible alert of nearby traffic while the Garmin GPSMAP 696 provides both visual and audible terrain awareness warnings.
This popular panel choice includes an electronic engine monitoring system (EMS) compatible with the chosen EFIS.
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Dimensions, Weights & Capacities
Cockpit width: 44"
Wingspan: 29.9 ft
Length: 20.3 ft
Height: 6.3 ft
Max takeoff weight: 1,320 lbs
Basic empty weight: 780 lbs (varies)
Max useful load: 540 lbs
Fuel, standard tank: 21.5 gallons
Fuel, with wing tanks: 32.5 gallons
Design load factor limits: +4 g / -2 g
Speeds & Distances
Never exceed (Vne): 164 knots
Max, continuous power (Vh): 120 knots
Cruise (Vc): 116 knots
Takeoff (Vlof): 42 knots
Stall, no flaps (Vs): 39 knots
Stall, full flaps (Vso): 34 knots
Demonstrated crosswind: 17 knots
Takeoff roll: 295 feet
Take off over 50" obstacle: 745 feet
Landing roll: 345 feet
Landing over 50' obstacle: 1,020 feet
Rate of climb: 1,000+ fpm
Glide ratio: 12:1
Range @ Vc, no wind, 30 minute reserve, standard tank: 495 nm
Range @ Vc, no wind, 30 minute reserve, with wing tanks: 790 nm
Endurance @ Vbe, standard tank: 5+ hours
Endurance @ Vbe, with wing tanks: 7.5+ hours