Yakima, Washington-based CubCrafters continues to make improvements to its already stellar-performing Carbon Cub series, announcing its third generation of the experimental versions of the tandem-seat taildragger. The Experimental Amateur Built EX-3 kit and Factory Experimental FX-3, which is built through CubCrafters’ builder-assist program, are both powered by CubCrafters four-cylinder CC363i engine, producing 186 hp. CubCrafters has developed its own engines since 2008, but the CC363i is a new model.
The CC363i engine is fuel-injected and was developed in partnership with Superior Air Parts. It features dual electronic ignition and Precision Airmotive’s fuel injection system, and is put together and tested by Aero Sport Power. The new engine spins a Hartzell Trailblazer constant speed composite propeller, the same model that propels the certified XCub, though the EX-3 and FX-3 customers can choose between 80-inch and 83-inch versions. The new Carbon Cub models also enjoy an increased gross weight, now 2,000 pounds.
“We listened closely to feedback from experienced flyers in our customer base,” said CubCrafters vice president of sales and marketing, Brad Damm. “They wanted more speed and payload without sacrificing short-field performance.” And Damm claims the targets were hit spot on. “The Pireps from those same flyers are gratifying; they absolutely love this new airplane,” he said.
The latest versions of the Carbon Cub will be on display at the CubCrafters booth (273/274) at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from July 22 through 29.