When Jim Richmond opened the doors to CubCrafters in 1980, the purpose of his business was to modify existing Super Cubs. But after Piper finally ceased its Cub production, the company evolved to produce new airplanes. Today, CubCrafters offers two LSA versions of the Cub and a more robust, certified “Top Cub” with a gross weight of 2,300 pounds and a 180 hp engine.
American Legend Cub
As the latest Cub-like airplane producer, with fewer than 10 years in production, American Legend produces three LSA versions of the Cub using the same metal fuselage design, which has dual doors. The airplane has the added benefit of having been designed using SolidWorks 3-D software, something C.G. Taylor did not have the luxury of when he spawned the original design in the 1930s.