Originally we knew this taildragger as Savage (only it wasn't "savage" at all). It became iCub and cleverly used iPads and iPhones as instrumentation as those devices became so much more capable.
For 2017, enter "the Shock options." Specifically this means a whole collection of desirable qualities for those seeking a true outback aircraft. Logically, then, the new model from Zlin and sold by Sportair USA is the Outback Shock.
Large Alaska tires at the end of long-extending shocks plus auto-adjusting slats and double Fowler flaps provide the magic while a 180-horsepower Titan provides awesome motive force. To get the whole story, check this video.
Since it was first seen by Americans, then often called the "Carbon Sting" in a reference to its majority carbon fiber construction, U.S. pilots have loved the sleek and capable StingSport. With more than 500 flying worldwide, this airplane is well proven and improves on similar models in operation since the 1990s. TL-Ultralight, the Czech-based manufacturer, has produced approximately 1,200 aircraft.
In 2007, they introduced the TL-3000 composite high-wing LSA (bottom photo) that maintains the sleek look of the StingSport (at right). And in early 2009, SportairUSA added the greatly enhanced Sting S4.
Special Light-Sport Aircraft sold by SportairUSA come exceptionally well equipped with a standard equipment list strong on safety items — an airframe parachute and seat-belt-based airbags — as well as avionics such as the deluxe panel-mounted Garmin 496 GPS and the innovative Straight & Level button. Given StingSport's excellent performance and handling it is no wonder the company's motto, proudly stated, is "Fly Safe, Fly Fun!" It seems easy to do in a StingSport.
SportairUSA is the North American distributor for StingSport. The Arkansas-based business has established a dealer network around the U.S. and Canada that is able to show, sell, and service your new StingSport. In a time when Americans enjoy many Light-Sport Aircraft choices, those with the best companies backing them are destined to be the most popular with discriminating buyers. Based on its forthright business practices, Sportair USA should be seriously considered by any new customer.
Phone: (501) 228-7777North Little Rock, AR 72118
If you live in France or are traveling to the country (soon!), you might want to join the party… the DUC Propellers party, that is.
Video review: Zlin Aviation — Outback Shock (Sportair USA)
Here’s an airplane almost certain to grab your attention. It has huge power (180 horse Titan X340); a “hyper”STOL wing; double Fowler flaps; tremendous shock absorption, including on the tailwheel; and enormous tires.
Once upon a time, the producer of a yellow LSA taildragger installed the industry’s most powerful engine resulting in a performance leader.
This video continues from our full-length video pilot report on the TL Ultralights TL-3000 Sirius.
Video review: Zlin — Savage Cub-S (2014)
Cub-S, as it is known in 2014, is a very powerful Cub-like airplane.
Video review: Sportair USA — Line of TL Ultralight LSA
At Aero 2013 in Germany, we ran into American Bill Canino owner of Sportair USA, the U.S.
Another in our series of full-length video pilot reports focuses on the TL Ultralights TL-3000 Sirius, represented in America by Sportair USA.
Video review: TL Ultralights — Sting S4 (2013)
Bill Canino has imported the TL Ultralights line of Light-Sport Aircraft for many years.
Video review: Tecnam — Snap (aerobatic LSA 2013)
In early 2013 Tecnam acquired the design rights and tooling to produce Snap, the first aircraft in the LSA space aimed specifically at aerobatic flying.
Video review: SportairUSA — Broad line of LSA
We spoke with SportairUSA founder, Bill Canino, who represents a broad and varied line of Light-Sport Aircraft… all of which just happen to begin with the letter “S.” We wanted to inform you about all these quality airplanes but we also wanted to ask Bill about all SportUSA’s activities including their Arkansas FBO and a flock of interesting accessories items, some of which are available for other brands.
Video review: 5 LSA Taildraggers
Video viewers like collections of LSA where we look at several different models and review their differences.
Video review: Zlin — iCub (Savage)
You may know the Zlin Savage, now distributed in America by SportairUSA (the same folks that bring you the Sting, Sirius, and other cool light airplane gear).
Video review: TL Ultralight — Sirius TL-3000
From the one company with both low and high wing all-composite Light-Sport Aircraft comes the new high wing Sirius from American importer SportairUSA.
Video review: 5 LSA Brands — High Wing Composite
At the Midwest LSA Expo 2010, we started something new using multiple aircraft and offering their differences and similarities.
Video review: TL Ultralight — Sting S3
In its next generation model, the Sting S3 brings new sophistication to a Light-Sport Aircraft that was already one of the sleekest and best equipped models available.
When this website went live a few months before the Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft rule was announced at Oshkosh 2004, it began life as an archive of several hundred pilot reports I had written for a number of print magazines in aviation.
Thanks to powerful Cubalike airplanes — those vintage yellow taildraggers types with huge engines up front to make them perform more energetically — 2014 saw increased attention to the Savage Cub S.
The sixth annual Midwest LSA Expo just concluded. These LSA-only events offer a more intimate setting where you can speak at length with an aircraft or other product representative.
It was cool but abundant sunshine provided good conditions for an excellent event at the tenth Sebring.
The go-up-faster competition in Light-Sport aviation just got more boisterous. SportairUSA loves their S-planes and they just announced a new one: Cub-S.
Snap! Crackle! Pop! It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Among the vast array of light aircraft I am only aware of a few other single seat models … Here’s a U.S.
We were busy at Aero Friedrichshafen 2013, knocking out more than 30 videos for your viewing information and entertainment.
Plenty of folks think LSA are mainly carbon fiber speedsters with autopilots and huge computer screen instrumentation.
It’s a great thing when a plan comes together. Consider an extension of the LSA Tour that debuted after Sebring 2011.
Every now and then the marketing geniuses in Light-Sport aviation have an exceptionally good idea.
Splog: iPad Comes To The Cockpit!
If you want to have a rocking good time without ever leaving your seat, check out this video clip of an upcoming film titled, “No Second Chances.” Billed as “an Alaskan bush adventure on steroids” if this teaser is any indication, ho shee mama, this ought to be some flick! *** The bigger news, as Dan Johnson covered earlier with some interesting historical perspective, is the announcement by SportairUSA of the Bush iCub.
SportairUSA, run by proprietor Bill Canino, has long been an innovator in the LSA business.
Not a company to rest on their laurels, TL Ultralight — represented in America since the beginning of LSA by Sportair USA — debuted their Sting S4 at the German Aero show in April.
Most folks following the Light-Sport Aircraft development know the Sting, refreshed for the U.S.
Given how she flies, I really don’t know why the Zlin developers settled on the name Savage.
Triplet LSA Cubs entering the market show the popularity of this venerable design.
Recently I visited Cirrus Design. I saw progress on the Cirrus Vision jet and the new Garmin Perspective panel for the SR22.
You might say it’s Sirius when TL-3000 takes to the air for the first time.
Lots of folks are wondering about, or complaining about, the seemingly high prices of Light-Sport Aircraft.
SEBRING 2008 UPDATE — Through the first three years of LSA sales StingSport from TL Ultralights has earned the #7 rank equaling an estimated 5% of the U.S.
The customer is king…even before becoming a customer. StingSport seller SportairUSA has launched an online survey to find out what you think.
Most pilots know AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has been fighting the user fee battle…and they’ve been doing well resisting the might of the U.S.
Within 24 hours of getting home from Sun ‘n Fun, several industry leaders including Evektor America’s Jeff Conrad, Flight Design USA’s Tom Peghiny, Jabiru USA’s Ed Ricks, and BRS parachute’s Gregg Ellsworth packed up and headed off to California.
You can hardly doubt the headline. A cruise through our SLSA List will show almost a quarter of all (12 of 50) designs that have won certification are from the Czech Republic.
At Oshkosh I took the chance to speak with several general aviation leaders — CEOs of top general aviation companies and presidents of leading membership organizations.
At the second EAA Sport Pilot Tour SportAir USA and their local rep, Wicks Aircraft, brough a pair of their sharp Sting aircraft.