August 2, 2013
By Sarah Brown
SkyCraft Airplanes, a company working to bring an affordable, single-seat light sport aircraft to market, said at EAA AirVenture that it is compliant with ASTM standards and expects certification in September.
The SD-1 Minisport Czech-designed airplane has an empty weight of 270 pounds and a useful load of 310 pounds. It cruises at 118 mph and stalls at 52 mph clean, 40 mph with flaps extended. The aircraft boasts a climb rate of 1,400 feet per minute and a fuel burn of 1.8 gph. The company said the operational cost is only $12 an hour. The purchase price is $54,000.
The SD-1 has a fuel-injected, 50-horsepower Hirth F-23 engine with a time between overhaul of 1,000 hours. SkyCraft said that it will do a free top-end overhaul at 500 hours. The aircraft can be bought in tricycle gear or taildragger versions, and customers can opt to add a ballistic parachute or Mode S transponder.
The company had brought a partially completed fuselage of the SD-1 Minisport to EAA AirVenture in 2012, where it exhibited as a kitplane manufacturer but had not yet completed an airframe. This year, SkyCraft said it has two models flying, one that it brought to the fly-in and another, in a taildragger configuration, that is test flying.
SkyCraft’s Paul Glavin, a 2012 Graduate of the University of Southern California who has tracked his quest to earn a sport pilot certificate affordably online, said the company has 14 preorders and is now accepting $2,000 deposits for delivery in summer 2014.
Light Sport Aircraft,
Pilot Training and Certification
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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