Last month, SkyCraft Airplanes declared to the FAA that its SD-1 Minisport is compliant with all ASTM regulations for Light Sport Aircraft—one year after publicly announcing it would be producing the airplane ready to fly. SkyCraft now awaits an FAA audit, after which it will be able to make its first aircraft deliveries to its eagerly awaiting customers. The FAA has scheduled SkyCraft’s audit for two months from now.
Over the last year, SkyCraft has made several upgrades and refinements to the design for the SD-1 Minisport. Most recently, the mechanical brakes on the SD-1 were replaced with a stronger, smoother hydraulic brake system, which will shorten the landing distance of the aircraft and improve taxi operations. Historically, many airplane manufacturers have struggled to keep their initial price point during these developmental stages of production, however SkyCraft has been able to maintain its highly impressive $54,850 price tag for the SD-1 Minisport even with the many improvements that have been made. SkyCraft remains committed to the quality and affordability of its airplanes.
In preparation for increased production after certification, SkyCraft has purchased a new factory and hangar at KPVU in Provo, Utah. The new facility will triple the production space from the current factory, allowing enough room to build 100 SD-1 Minisports per year. The additional space will be used to expand the production line for the SD-1 Minisport and to continue development of future aircraft models.
SkyCraft will be displaying a flying aircraft publicly for the first time at EAA Airventure Oshkosh later this month.