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Meanwhile in April, the Citation took these privileges from the Gulfstream G650 with its top velocity of Mach 0.935. With the Saker S-1 another candidate could soon be on the asphalt. Saker Aircraft says its S-1 will cross at Mach 0.95 and achieve a top velocity of Mach 0.99 with a jet inspiring aircraft designed for the US market.
The S-1 is a double seat plane inspired by the S-1. The additional airspeed, however, should result in a shorter stay in the skies, as Saker's calculation of the S-1 will save one less hours than a 1,500 nm (2,778 km) long trip in comparison to its nearest rival. Mr Schaker assumes that the plane will have a working limit of 13,720 metres (45,000 ft) and a max operating distance of 2,575 km (1,600 miles) with its 500 gall (1,890 L) fuel capacity.
He has a net load of 5,500 lb (2,495 kg) and can support a max. load capacity of 6,000 lb (2,720 kg). Propelled by two Williams FJ44-4 Williams turbo charged with 5,000 hours TBO, Saker says is causing the S-1 an estimate of $2 per sea mark in operational costs.
Mr Saker added that the combination of the S-1' s engine and airfoil would lead to an airplane that consumes 20 per cent less gas than its competition. In spite of his appearance, Saker says that no naval practice will be necessary to operate the S-1, which has a stalling velocity of 90 knots. However, Saker is not a flight instructor. Saker also offers the possibility of ejector seat if the driver is not up to the job.
Says Saker that the vast bulk of the S-1 is developed and produced in North America, and although the plane is still in the early stages of development, Saker has taken the aggressive steps of taking pre-orders. We have been notified that Sakercraft is targeting a pricing in the $5 to $7 million region, based on customer-specific characteristics, with the hope that shipments will begin in 2019, when the validation procedure goes well.
S-1 is still in the design phase and there are therefore likely to be some changes and enhancements to make sure that the airplane complies with the legal requirement.