How long do Slings actually last? Gerhard Van Eeden, the owner of Madiba Bay School of Flight in Port Elizabeth, answers this question in his recent interview with SA Flyer.
“It’s not going to last. You know that, right?”
“Yes, well I guess we’ll see.”
That was how conversations went when I arrived in Port Elizabeth with our first Sling in December of 2012.
Well, it’s 10 years on and our fleet of six years Slings have accumulated in excess of 35,000 flight hours. ZU-IAE has 7,300 hours on it, making it the highest-hour Sling in the world. This article tells the story of our experience of keeping our Slings airworthy.”
– Gerhard Van Eeden