Fri, May 04, 2007
CubCrafters Applies Musclecar Formula To Sport Cub
Adapting a formula borne out of the musclecar era -- or the Reno
Air Races -- CubCrafters has taken the lightest airframe it could
create... stuffed a big motor in the front... and added a high-lift
wing, to create the 220-hp "Carbon Cub." The uber-Cub makes its
public debut Friday at the 2007 Alaska State Aviation Trade Show
Sporting a special paint scheme that gives a hint of the
'hot-rod' under the skin, the Carbon Cub is CubCrafters’
proof-of-concept platform for a host of new airframe construction
materials, performance options, design improvements, and much more
powerful engine options... all in an airplane that is lighter and
far more advanced than any Cub of this horsepower range.
"It may sound like a stretch, but there is something in Carbon
Cub for just about everyone," said CubCrafters president Jim
Richmond. "Though this airplane would not meet LSA certification
requirements as it is today, it's not far from it! The airplane is
basically a lighter yet substantially "beefed up" Sport Cub with a
monster engine and a hi-lift wing."
Richmond states his company made nearly 40 airframe parts out
of high strength carbon fiber that were previously metal or
fiberglass -- which saves over 30 lbs compared with a stock Sport
"We are 250 to 300 pounds lighter than any Super Cub with the
same equipment," said Richmond, "and I can tell you that flying it,
the performance difference is startling."
The Carbon Cub project points toward several new aircraft
possibilities for CubCrafters... including a Light Sport Aircraft
certified as a factory built airplane, a homebuilt kit plane,
and/or a new FAA-certified airplane.
CubCrafters says at this point, all options are on the table for
the Carbon Cub.
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