|SkyCraft Airplanes launched its ready-to-fly SD-1 Minisport on July 29 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. (photo by Marino Boric)
By Marino Boric, European
August 2, 2013 - SkyCraft Airplanes launched its ready-to-fly SD-1 Minisport this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
The company targeted setting a new standard for performance and affordability in the LSA market, producing a single-seat design with a 118 mph cruise speed, 1,400 fpm climb, 1.8 gallon-per-hour fuel burn - and a $54,850 price tag.
Power comes from Germany's two-stroke specialist Hirth, with a flat-twin making 50 hp. Equipped with dual ignition and fuel injection, the Hirth carries a 1,000-hour TBO. But as an added benefit, SkyCraft has offered to pay for the top-end engine overhaul and propeller replacement for all SD-1 owners.
The cockpit employs a Dynon glass avionics package with comm radio, iPod jack, and nav and strobe lights for night VFR flight round out the equipment list.
Sporting removable wings, the SD-1 was designed in the Czech Republic by Igor Spacek of SD Planes, known to the European market for designs shown at German's AERO general-aviation show.
The SD-1 is one of those rare birds that can carry more than its empty, a svelte 275 pounds, with a 300-pound useful load. Able to accommodate pilots weighing up to 230 pounds, the SD-1 sports a 60-pound fuel capacity - 9.7 gallons - enough for a range of 575 miles. The aft baggage compartment provides storage for up to 30 pounds for the pilot.
Prior to Oshkosh, SkyCraft received 14 pre-orders for the SD-1 Minisport, making the current next available production slot deliverable in summer of 2014. Production slots can be secured with a $2,000 deposit, payable online with a credit card. For more information on the aircraft, visit Oshkosh Booth 92/93, or go to www.SkyCraftAirplanes.com.