Perhaps it’s because we haven’t had so many new SLSA offerings lately (though don’t look away too long as more are definitely on the way!). Maybe it’s because the new new SD-1 Minisport is a single seater.
Certainly we have not had many single seater SLSA … well, none so far, but that, too, is going to change with the Snap aerobatic aircraft and the electric-powered Yuneec eSpyder working on SLSA approval as one-place airplanes.
It could be the low price tag. No question that a price under $60,000 for a ready-to-fly Special LSA is attractive.
However, I’m always amazed at conventional aviation magazines droning on about the “high cost” of LSA when, in fact, we have many aircraft offered at below $100,000, several below $80,000, and a handful for even less the new SD-1 Minisport (and the other low-priced LSA are all two seaters).
Whatever the reason for the great reporting on the Minisport, congratulations to the importers and producers of this fun-looking single place LSA. To hear more about their project, catch our video about the kit version shot at last year’s Oshkosh. Note that SD-1 has not yet been accepted by FAA as an SLSA.