Thu, Feb 16, 2006
New Czech Republic Plant Expands Production Capacity
Representatives with the Czech Republic's TL Ultralight sro, and
SportairUSA LLC of Little Rock, AR revealed Thursday completion of
TL’s new 44,000 square foot factory in Hradec
TL Ultralight builds the TL-2000 Sting -- better known to
American audiences as TL Sport Aircraft and the StingSport,
respectively -- and currently employs 70 people. The company plans
to double that number over the next year.
While the existing factory successfully delivered over 400
aircraft, rising global sales and US Special Light Sport Aircraft
(SLSA) certification of the StingSport triggered the need for a
more scalable production facility.
"The factory completion caps a major financial and resource
effort spanning nine months and establishes the base to nearly
quadruple existing aircraft production over the next year," said TL
Sport Aircraft owner Jirí Tlustý. "It also delivers
capacity for new aircraft introduction."
Bill Canino of SportairUSA, North American distributor of the
StingSport, praised TL’s vision "in both timely anticipation
of worldwide demand and their commitment and speed in establishing
a high tech carbon fiber composite center of excellence in Hradec
"While production expands dramatically with the new factory, TL
remains squarely focused on quality assurance" asserted
Tlustý. "We’ve added resources to ensure that quality
matches production enhancements stride for stride."
The StingSport will be featured this Saturday, February 18, at
the EAA Sport Pilot Tour in Mesa, AZ, and again February 25 at the
Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup, WA.
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