Sicomin’s Advanced Epoxies Reach New Heights in the ‘Sling’ Range of Aircraft

March 26 2018

Sicomin and their South African composite materials distributor, Aerontec, have been working closely with The Airplane Factory (TAF) to develop enhanced and efficient production methods for the flagship range of ‘Sling’ aircraft.

The Sling is a competitively priced, high performance, lightweight aluminum and composite aircraft which can be purchased as a fully constructed and test flown aircraft or as a home build kit. With Aerontec’s guidance, the original wet lamination process was replaced through the development of a new net-shape, two-part infusion mold. This allowed the undercarriage of the Sling 2 and Sling 4 aircraft to be infused using Sicomin’s advanced epoxy systems SR8100.

SR8100 is designed specifically for infusion and RTM techniques and has secured Lloyd’s Register and Germanischer Lloyd approvals.

Sicomin’s SR1126 fire retardant epoxy is used to manufacture the composite components of the certified version of the Sling 2 aircraft, namely the Sonaca S200.

The FAR 25.853 certification was a crucial selection factor for TAF to ensure enhanced safety of the occupants in the event of a fire. These rigorous quality standards are also required for this aircraft to operate in Europe.

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