A Sting in the Tail
Clive Davidson Samples The Slick TL Sting Carbon S4
Pictures by Neil Wilson
Re-Created and Published By kind permission of the Light Aircraft Association
(For The LAA Magazine Website – Click This Link)
For once, let’s start in the air. The aircraft’s owner and I are straight-and level in a bright blue sky, with a light wind and a few fair-weather cumuli below. The aircraft is sipping 12 litres per hour in exchange for 98kt, and we’re in a very well-appointed cockpit with comfortable
side-by-side seating, under a large tinted canopy. We’re in G-ZIZY, a carbon-composite TL Sting S4 owned by Richard and Cindy Reeves. Magic!
‘The next generation brings new possibilities,’ claims TL’s advertising, and I’m here to see whether that’s simply another marketing phrase which rolls over your consciousness without making any impression, like water
off a duck’s back, or whether it actually possesses some substance. Cindy and Richard were on the ownership learning curve with four previous aircraft before arriving at the decision to buy the S4. Their first was an X-Air, a high-wing microlight which suited them well until they wanted something faster for more serious touring.
Read the full PDF Flight test by Light Aviation Magazine by clicking here!
We have just completed the testing and are very pleased with the updated model.
We have flown the Sirius demonstrator from the TL-Ultralight factory in the Czech Republic across to the UK for the LAA rally at Sywell on two occasions. The first trip was an eye opener as we flew from Hradic Kralove, through the Republic, across the whole of Germany and half of France to land at Nancy. In the event we didn’t need further fuel and with plenty of daylight left continued to Abbeville. A total of 6 hours 20 minutes of very enjoyable, comfortable and stress free “touring”. I recall we averaged 11 liters per hour !
Paul & Peter
When my Sting S4 was test flown by Dave Unwin, for “Pilot” magazine, he said it was “Ultralight Perfection”.
I can’t disagree with him.
By: Richard Reeves – Exeter
I have owned a Sting TL2000 for 2 years now and it is a fantastic aircraft. The Sting is easy to handle both in the air and on the ground. Short field performance is excellent, I operate out of a 350m grass strip. Low speed handling is very good which is important when landing in a short grass field. Fuel capacity is 80 Lts, which gives me 5 hours endurance at 90 knots. The Rotax 912ULS is faultless, the cockpit is surprisingly quiet looks smart and sporty. Lots of room for 2 adults and not cramped at all.
The performance is equal to larger aircraft with much larger engines but the Rotax only sips away your fuel which is MOGAS!
Nice aeroplane and still enjoying it.
Les James – Nuneaton
“I have toured France a number of times from Normandy to La Baule in the remarkable Sting S3. Not only is it an excellent touring aircraft with generous shoulder and leg room, but the short field performance to take advantage of microlight strips is just superb. I also fly Cessna and Piper aircraft so the frugal fuel consumption using Mogas is a revelation.”
Took early retirement with moderate lump sum . Invested it all in the Sting .
BEST INVESTMENT I EVER MADE !
FISO at Barton reckons it’s the nicest looking aircraft at the airport , and who am I to disagree.
Barry T. in Manchester
I have owned both a STING and also now own the high wing SIRIUS. I changed merely because, prior to a knee replacement operation, an arthritic knee gave me difficulty getting in and out of the Sting which can be viewed more like a sports car. The Sirius however, being high wing with gull type doors is very easy for the less agile to get in and out of. Both offer excellent visibility and performance. The Sirius has the further advantage of a larger baggage area ideal for touring. (We managed to fit two Brompton folding bikes in!)