'Most Affordable' LSA Headed To Market

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A Utah company says it will introduce the "most affordable" glass-equipped ready-to-fly LSA at AirVenture Oshkosh this year. The SkyCraft SD-1 Minisport is a Czech design that zips its single occupant at 118 mph at 1.8 gph on a 50-horsepower Hirth engine. SkyCraft says the little LSA costs $12 an hour to fly, including the overhaul of the Hirth (1,000-hour TBO). The kit has been available for some time at around $21,000, including engine. The ready-built model will be a hair under $55,000.

That includes a Dynon Skyview with GPS, synthetic vision and collision avoidance, digital engine and fuel monitoring. Options include Mode S and a parachute. It's available in trike or taildragger. The company says the aircraft has "perfect flight history" and is designed for inexperienced pilots.