CubCrafters Celebrates a Decade of Carbon Cubs

The third generation Carbon Cubs offer a massive step up from Piper’s original Cub models. CubCrafters

Yakima, Washington-based CubCrafters is celebrating a major milestone next year with the 10th anniversary of the Carbon Cub. To pay tribute to the successful design, the company will commemorate the taildragger through the year and ultimately host “Cubfest 2019” on October 11 through 13 - an open invitation fly-in and reception at the headquarters at Yakima’s McAllister Field (KYKM). More details will be announced closer to the event.

The Carbon Cub has become known as an incredible backcountry machine since the Carbon Cub SS LSA was first introduced in 2009. A modern-day Cub, the two-seat taildragger is made out of carbon fiber materials, enabling the manufacturer to create a cowl that is not only aerodynamically optimized but also makes the airplane look current. With a skillful pilot at the controls, the airplane can take off and land within less than 100 feet and, with 180 hp on a light airframe, the climb performance is stellar.

The Carbon Cub has seen a long list of modifications since it first entered the market. CubCrafters developed its own engine, the CC340, for the Carbon Cub. Today there are six models available: two versions each of the SS, FX and EX. The Carbon Cub SS is the production LSA model. As such, it has a gross weight limit of 1,320 pounds. The FX model is available through CubCrafters seven-day builder assist program and is delivered with an experimental E-AB airworthiness certificate, while the EX is a full kit option.

The benefits of the experimental models are many, including a gross weight increase of up to 2,000 pounds and a larger baggage compartment. The FX and EX models also have newly developed ailerons and flaps for improved maneuverability, updated landing gear and options for 180 or 186 hp, carbureted or fuel injected engine and a fixed pitch or constant speed propeller. The FX model comes with LED lights and Alaskan Bushwheel’s tail spring and tailwheel. A variety of panel options are available for all Carbon Cub models.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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