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Classic Aero-TV: Czech Manufacturer Banks on Accelerated STOL

From 2022 (YouTube Version): Zlin’s Noble Savage Norden

SportairUSA, the Arkansas-based FAA certified Repair Station and aircraft and components distributor, has announced that the American version of Zlin’s new Savage Norden STOL aircraft has received FAA certification in the category of Special Light Sport Aircraft.

Formerly and perhaps more widely known as Moravan Otrokovice— Zlin is a Czech aircraft manufacturer of light agricultural, aerobatic, and backcountry airplanes. The company’s Savage Norden is a largely clean-sheet, high-wing, STOL, aluminum monoplane designed for backcountry use. The machine’s Norden moniker is an homage to the world’s northern (Nordic) climes—which Zlin’s literature identifies as the Savage Norden’s primary market and to which the company has tailored the aircraft’s forward-thinking design, rugged construction, and outstanding STOL and backcountry capabilities.

Sportair president Bill Canino states: “The Norden is a high-performing, aluminum-wing airplane with electrically controlled leading-edge slats, designed and thoroughly tested for short-field and off-runway performance. It also exhibits good speed and stable cruise characteristics, which are unusual in aircraft of this design. We have reserved a limited number of production slots, with delivery scheduled for this year.”

The Savage Norden’s design amalgamates conventional short takeoff and landing (STOL) elements with innovative concepts tested and proved in previous Zlin airplanes—such as the Savage Classic, Cruiser, iCub, Nomad, Bobber, Shock, and Shock Ultra. Zlin’s evolution as a designer and manufacturer of robust, STOL aircraft was guided largely by feedback from pilots operating light aircraft in environments as demanding and disparate as the Alaskan bush and the deserts of South Africa.

The American version of the Savage Norden is handsomely equipped with a 141-horsepower Rotax 915 powerplant and avionics and other features offered only as options elsewhere. Parties interested in learning more about Zlin’s Savage Norden are invited to contact SportairUSA at (888) 3359-7572, or email

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