The SD-1 Minisport already burns less fuel than any other Light Sport Aircraft – just 1.8 gph. Since it runs on 91-octane automotive gas, the SD-1’s operational cost is just $12 an hour factoring in fuel, oil, and overhaul. Until now however, the SD-1 has only been able to use ethanol-free gasoline. In many places, ethanol-free gasoline can be inconvenient to obtain.
In order to allow for the most convenient and affordable fueling options, SkyCraft has re-equipped the SD-1 Minisport with a fuel system that is resistant to ethanol. Pilots will now be able to fill the SD-1 with premium unleaded from any gas station. For cross-country flights that require refueling at an airport, the SD-1 can still run on 100LL avgas with a TCP additive. This gives pilots maximum flexibility when filling their aircraft.
Due in part to this fuel system change, SkyCraft’s certification schedule has been pushed back. SkyCraft now expects S-LSA Certification to be granted in November.