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Thinking of purchasing a CubCrafter Tob Cub with deluxe IFR radio package... any thoughts if the added equipment is worth the expense in this type of aircraft?
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The value of deluxe IRF radios in a Cub depends on where you do most of your flying and on what you are trying to do with your airplane. Flying in southern California where airspace is conjested and morning overcast is common at times, it is really nice to be able to get through that cloud layer and come and go as you please. If, on the opther hand, you are based in Alaska where much of their IFR weather is not fit for anyone who doesn't burn kerosene, having a bunch of fancy radios mostly just subtracts from your useful load.
IMHO, if you are based in an urban area and will mostly be flying in or between such areas, the IRF radios make sense. If you are going to use your Cub as a real bush plane all you really need is a COMM radio, a transponder, and a Garmin 496. That's all I have in my Cub, and it works fine.
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