Welcome To The Airplane Factory
The Airplane Factory is a Johannesburg based business focused on the development and manufacture of high quality, high utility aircraft.
Our Factory is based at Tedderfield Airpark in the south of Johannesburg.
This is an ideal venue for aircraft development, manufacture and testing.
The Airplane Factory
The Sling – our first aircraft, is a competitively priced high all round performance aluminium light sport aircraft which can be purchased ready to fly or as a homebuild kit.
For the adventure of it, and also to prove the aircraft to themselves and the world, Mike Blyth and James Pitman, the company’s founders during July and August 2009, flew the production prototype Sling around the world via EAA Oshkosh, the world’s largest airshow.
The aircraft performed flawlessly, flying numerous legs over 2 000nm (3 600 km) over the world’s oceans, east to west and with almost the entire route in the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone.
The only differences between the round the world aircraft and the standard production Sling were additional fuel tanks in the wings and an additional 15 layers of glass-fiber in the undercarriage.