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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by jpitman » Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:28 am

Greetings all. I’m afraid I have to be the purveyor of some sad news – the demands of Covid, and in particular of travelling out of South Africa, have made our trip to Oshkosh impractical. We therefore took the difficult decision yesterday afternoon to delay our trip to Oshkosh in the Sling High Wing until 2022.

Both Matt and I are devastated – we’ve been looking forward to this for months (actually years, because we planned to do it last year). The aeroplane is ready, the stickers are on, the navdata is downloaded and we have a bunch of the required permissions. Nevertheless, navigating our way through the Caribbean has just became impossible. Our plan was to fly to Barbados, which we’ve done before, and which is closest to Cape Verde. But while open to others, Barbados is now closed to South Africans, at least until the expiry of 14 days. Then we’ve looked at Guadeloupe, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Martinique, St Martin, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and Montserrat, but each has a reason why it’s just difficult or impossible. (Usually a technicality at number 15 or so on the list – something like, “You must have been fully vaccinated, which requires both injections, and a period of two weeks thereafter”, or similar).

I must admit that, despite help from various sources, I became somewhat demoralised reading one set of requirements after another - and discovering a problem each and every time. It may be that if we take our courage in our hands and just “go”, we can quarantine in some of the countries we travel through and finally get to our destination regardless (the USA is very much open, subject only to the 14 day delay out of red-list countries). But on the flip side of the coin, it’s clear that just about all countries, save those almost 100% dependent upon South African tourism, really don’t much seem to want us there. So while it would be wonderful to break free of the constraints here in SA and fly across the world, perhaps it isn’t an entirely appropriate thing to do while we’re right in the centre of the maelstrom and the rest of the globe seeks to protect itself.

Thanks for all the support and good wishes. Both SHW and TDR are flying beautifully and I’m glad to report that, even without a trip to Oshkosh, we’ve taken (small) deposits for 48 of them already. So we look forward instead to the challenge of getting into efficient, world class production as soon as we’re able.

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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by Pete » Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:51 am

James and team I’m very to sorry to hear that you have delayed the trip but it is without doubt based on every possible effort being exhausted by yourselves and that is much respected👍🏻👍🏻
We look forward to the future plans and don’t stress about the bump.. the SHW is already a success story!👏🚀
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by Genib123 » Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:51 am

Devastating, I was so looking forward to watching this entire trip unfold.

Hard decisions to make. Sorry Guys
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by Fransw » Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:08 pm

Do a shorter trip. Mauritius is open for tourism..

What about something like Mauritius-Seychelles-Comores-Windhoek-Home..... :smt023
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by jpitman » Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:55 pm

Frans, you definitely have a future as a travel agent.

And psychologist - cheering me up!

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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by BenSmit » Sat Jul 10, 2021 8:57 am

Sanity prevails. (Not a strong Pitman trait :) )

Guys its a good decision given the state if the world. 2022 will be waiting for another epic journey and a shorter trip wont make up for it but may soothe the wanderlust :D
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by Roger » Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:46 pm

James, you guys are not the ones to stay idle, so come on, let us know what you are planning or dreaming up with your time now that you are not travelling. :D
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by Christopher » Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:33 am

Sad news, indeed; but I cannot help thinking that, with those two SA soccer players (or management?) having tested positive for Covid in Tokyo, South Africans may be seen in less enthusiastic light in the coming weeks...? Last night the tally was two South Africans, one Czech and one American, I think? Maybe I also heard that some Mexicans just tested positive in the Olympic village, too? :(

Brilliant news, however, on TAF's order books! Congratulations, you lot!!
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by GeraldNagel » Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:41 am

It is a pity now that a high wing RV15 is on the cards but not yet flown.
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by syphon » Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:36 pm

GeraldNagel wrote:
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It is a pity now that a high wing RV15 is on the cards but not yet flown.
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by GL » Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:51 pm

syphon wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:36 pm
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Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:41 am
It is a pity now that a high wing RV15 is on the cards but not yet flown.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :D :D :D :D !
RV has been asleep at the wheel and missed the market shift to High Wing bush planes. And now the Rans S21 has established a name for itself where the RV15 should have been.
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by jimdavis » Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:28 pm

I guess I am way out of step here. I think here's no way that the average Joe is going to use that as a serious bush plane. A 185 is, and so is a Super Cub or any of half-dozen big-wheel Cub look-alikes.

How many of us have really needed a high wing because it the runway so narrow and the bush next to it is so high?

The only real marketable value of a high wing, in this class, is ease of entry, and possibly aerial photography. Although removing the boot door on a Cherokee has always proved popular with the photographers I have flown. The wing gets out of the way while you circle the target - instead of getting in the way. Same with game spotting or counting.

Visibility on a high wing - yes, PASSENGER visibility is great for flying over grannie's house, but PILOT visibility is not great. The busiest place you ever fly in is the circuit - and every time you turn you lose sight of the runway and all traffic in the direction of the turn. They make low-wing fighters, and serious aerobatic aeroplanes, and even gliders, for reasons of pilot viz and great aerodynamics.

And if you are thinking of training, then ground-effect on low-wings certainly helps to take the worst out of student landings. Having the weight at the bottom and a wide undercarriage - attached to the spar - makes a low-wing far more stable on the ground - which is where landing accidents happen. Also flight schools don't need to tie low-wings down in between flights.

I do have to admit that you can sit in the shade of a high wing and eat your saamies - but that's not enough reason for me to buy one in preference to a proper aeroplane.

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Sorry, James and Mike - you excellent builders of Slings - I'm a huge fan, and I hope I am wrong about the market!

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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by Johan Swakopmund » Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:09 pm

Jim it is a man's thing , pumping testosterone When flying a highwing bushplane
from a long and wide tar runway with spectators.
I don't mind as long as the prop keep turning but in this desert the high wing keep
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Re: Sling 4 High Wing to Oshkosh 2021

Unread post by kudu177 » Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:52 am

Fransw wrote:
Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:08 pm
Do a shorter trip. Mauritius is open for tourism..

What about something like Mauritius-Seychelles-Comores-Windhoek-Home..... :smt023
Also since MK still not flying to SA yet, you could probably defray some of the trip cost by taking along some paying self-loading cargo.🤷🏼‍♂️
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