View Full Version : Three People in a Super Cub?????
05-21-2003, 11:10 PM
I thought you all would enjoy this. It happened to a friend of mine who lives in a large eskimo village on the west coast of Alaska. My friend Kenny told me that one day he got out of his PA12 along with two children he had with him. A Flight Standards person drove up while they were getting out. The Flight Standards guy comes up to Kenny and asks him, "How do you get 3 people in a cub?" Kenny said, "I don't know.". Flight Standards, "3 people got of your airplane." Kenny, "That's right.". Flight Standards, "WELL how do you get three people in a cub?" Kenny, "I DON'T KNOW.". Flight Standards, "You had 3 people in your cub didn't you?" Kenny, "NO, I DON'T HAVE A CUB.". Flight Standards, "This is a cub.". Kenny, "NO, this is a Super Cruiser and it has the capability to seat 3 people.". The Flight Standards guy didn't know the difference between a PA18 and a PA12. I think he does now. I enjoy hearing Kenny relate the story.
05-28-2003, 12:08 AM
I just finished reading Wager With the Wind and it mentioned a couple of times that he dropped 2 people off at a time on the glaciers from the SuperCub. How did he do that?
05-28-2003, 03:56 AM
I have a third seat conversion in my Super Cub. Basically a set of rings that I can clip another lap belt to. You'd have to be small and bendable to get back there but it could be done. I know a guy that puts a little plastic chair back there for his 6-year-old kid to sit on.
05-28-2003, 07:58 AM
I flew two 4-5 yr old kids last weekend at a Fly-In. They fit perfect side by side. Left the door open and i could hear the laughing with my headset on. We all had a blast.
Steve's Aircraft (Steve)
05-28-2003, 09:13 AM
Back in the seventies I made a jump seat in the baggage compartment of the Cub, seat belts and all for my two boys. So for awhile, I had a four place Cub with two boys, wife and myself. Had to get a Pacer when they outgrew the compartment.
06-08-2003, 12:09 AM
Back in the days when guides were hunting polar bears out on the pack ice, they often broke airplanes out there, and wound up leaving them. As a consequence, they'd take two airplanes out in the first place, one with the guide an client, the other with an assistant and gas cans. Break the guides airplane, the assistand would land, dump the gas, pick up the other two, and fly back to base.
A modification called the third seat conversion was created and stc'd, which allowed a third person to sit in the baggage compartment. This mod involved a lot of beef up under the baggage compartment, where extra sets of x braces were welded in, as well as the tabs for the third seat belts.
A lot of Cubs in Alaska have this mod, simply because it stiffens the frame, and makes it stronger.
06-08-2003, 09:59 AM
It is a good mod, the floor is also stiffened. With the aft baggage mod it opens up a huge area for hauling lighter, bulk material and makes the SC into a utility plane far exceeding the original design. I have seen this mod also refered to as the 180lb conversion.
06-08-2003, 02:43 PM
Though not exactly legal, I can remember having the wind come up to 40-45 raining sideways and no end in site on the (Alaska Pennisula) and have a hunter say" get me the hell out of here" wel we would load the camp, the hanging meat and anything else that we could stuff in and I once remember after loading the camp, the hunter said "I am going too" and in he piled, behind the cross bar hanging on we took off, not a problem! Definetly the X brace in the floor and a couple more tiedowns helped!
PS: my oldest sons first ride was at 10 weeks in a "Danner Boot box" as the third passenger with his mom!
06-09-2003, 01:15 PM
Does The Airframes Inc. fuselage already have all of the mods (it has the seatbelt attach points)? If so do I stil nead an STC?
10-19-2004, 12:02 AM
10-19-2004, 06:41 AM
I think if you read Airframes advertising regarding the 180# baggage and third seat, it says "Structures Only". I take this to mean you must still purchase the STC's to be legal.
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