Photos: CubCrafters XCub

CubCrafters' new take on a classic is right at home flying in the backcountry.

CubCrafters' brand-new XCub is a new take on an classic design that's just as comfortable flying in the backcountry as it is traveling cross-country. Flying recently had the chance to fly and review the newly certified two-seater taildragger for a feature published in our July issue. Check out some shots of the XCub in action as well as some of its defining features in the photos below.

CubCrafters XCub
While the XCub shines in bush country, its speed capabilities make it a decent cross-country traveler as well.Jon Bliss
CubCrafters XCub
The panel provides all you need: a GPS, comm and transponder.Chris Cram
CubCrafters XCub
The XCub is at home in hard-to-reach destinations.Chris Cram
CubCrafters XCub
From a distance, the CubCrafters XCub may look similar to its predecessors, but take a closer look and you’ll find its modern touches.Chris Cram
CubCrafters XCub
Like the furry mammal from which the original name was derived, this Cub is a winner in the backcountry.Jon Bliss
CubCrafters XCub
CubCrafters kicked the quality of the interior way up and added pockets and cup holders. The mixture control is on the left side of the panel, making it easy for Cub pilots to transition.Jon Bliss
CubCrafters XCub
Big air vents up front and shark gills on the side of the nose section provide superb cooling for the Lycoming O-360, allowing pilots to push the airplane harder without fear of damaging the engine.Chris Cram
CubCrafters XCub
Pushrods control the redesigned ailerons in the XCub, giving the airplane a stellar roll rate.Jon Bliss
CubCrafters XCub
With its 180 hp Lycoming engine and constant-speed Hartzell Trailblazer propeller, the XCub can get you in and out of some spectacular places accessible only by capable backcountry airplanes.Chris Cram