The Carbon Cub feels solid and gives you an impression of strength; in fact, it was tested to a gross weight of 1,865 pounds, rather than the usual 1,430 pounds for which most LSAs are tested. This is because CubCrafters offers an experimental, kit-built version, called the Carbon Cub EX, with a gross weight of 1,865. Of course, you assemble that kit yourself and certify it under amateur-built experimental rules, not LSA standards. The very complete kit costs $65,000, which includes everything to build the aircraft except the engine, prop, radios and instruments. Richmond estimates that, if a kit customer bought all the components from CubCrafters including the CC340 engine, he'd have about $110,000 to $120,000 in it, plus his labor; if he scrounged aggressively for parts and put an O-320 on the machine, he could probably be flying for around $85,000.