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    Big News! CUBCRAFTERS DEBUTS NEW FLAGSHIP: XCub

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    CUBCRAFTERS DEBUTS NEW FLAGSHIP:
    XCub

    Company Sets New Standard
    for Sport Utility Aircraft


    Yakima, Washington – Jun 6, 2016: CubCrafters is introducing its new top-of-the-line aircraft, XCub. The new model received FAA Type Certification on June 2, 2016 and is available immediately.

    XCub is lighter, faster and stronger than any aircraft in its category. XCub also provides a larger payload and greater range. Combined, these attributes fulfill a much wider mission profile compared to any other aircraft in this class.

    "Six years ago I imagined a Part 23 certified Carbon Cub,” recalls Jim Richmond, CubCrafters’ CEO. “Our development team set out to design a Cub with terrific STOL capabilities, like our Carbon Cub LSA, but one that could travel faster and farther, while easily accommodating all of the gear that a pilot and passenger might want to carry for an extended journey. Now, after receiving Type Certification from FAA, I’m proud to say that XCub is much, much more than I had even hoped it would be.”

    XCub boasts a cruising speed over 145 miles per hour at 75% power, and a useful load of up to 1,084 pounds. It is powered by a 180 horsepower Lycoming 0-360 that drives a Hartzel Trailblazer constant-speed composite propeller.

    “Early on, when the first new airframe was produced, we discovered that our understanding of the Cub’s aerodynamics was incomplete,” says Richmond. “They fly nicely at 100 miles per hour, but at 140, everything changes!” The company embarked on an ambitious two-year aerodynamic analysis of the airframe and all flight surfaces. That analysis motivated a fresh perspective on what can be achieved at both the lowest and highest limits of the speed envelope. Airflow over the prototype cowl, fuselage and wings was smoothed considerably. The sleek aluminum spring landing gear adds as much as 14 mph at typical cruise settings. Composite fairings were added to the attach points of the landing gear and struts. All new flight controls and empennage were developed, and the finished aircraft features a distinctive and stylish composite dorsal fin. “As we flew at higher and higher speeds, we discovered that the dorsal provides welcome directional stability,” comments Patrick Horgan, CubCrafters’ Director of Engineering and Product Development. “Cross-country pilots will appreciate the stable response to turbulence as well.”

    To refine handling, CubCrafters completely re-engineered the ailerons and the way pilots interact with them. Roll response was optimized by modifying the aileron airfoil and cove, and by repositioning the hinge lines. This resulted in improved aileron response, lower lateral control loads, and natural centering. Traditional cables and pulleys were replaced with a solid push-rod system, eliminating cable stretch. The ailerons are crisp, quick, and light, complemented by equally pleasing pitch response and rudder authority. The resulting control harmony makes this the most balanced Cub ever.

    CubCrafters' well-known obsession with weight extends to their new airplane. Contemporary design technologies put weight only where it is needed. Extensive use of ultra-lightweight carbon composites, titanium and aluminum is evident throughout the new model.

    The same modern engineering methods that make XCub light also make the aircraft strong. A CNC machined chromoly steel frame encloses occupants. Meeting the latest FAA Part 23, Amendment 62, certification standard, XCub features robust construction and may be flown at up to 2,300 lbs gross weight.

    Pilot ergonomics received particular focus in XCub. The aircraft is designed to give pilot and passenger the comfort and confidence needed for long cross-country flights. High seat positioning, low side windows, the vast skylight, and a low-profile instrument panel assure a commanding view- a rare attribute in a taildragger. The stick rests comfortably at hand, exactly where the pilot wants it. The handsome panel flows intuitively with engine controls on the left and lighting controls on the right.

    XCub is not just functional, but comfortable as well. “Veteran Cub drivers will be pleasantly surprised at their first encounter with the XCub cabin”, says Richmond. The Ahtanum Interior Package offers supple Scottish leather seats for both pilot and passenger to assure comfort and circulation during long cross-country flights. These seats feature perforated leather inserts over memory foam cushions, contrast stitching and embroidered logos. 12 storage areas surround the cabin in ultra-modern carbon fiber side and header panels. Two bottle holders, four USB and two 12V power ports are easily accessed by pilot and passenger. A unique electronics console faces the rear seat and holds personal devices such as telephones or tablets, allowing the passenger to follow navigation with Garmin Pilot, or watch a movie. Thoughtfully located in the aft baggage bulkhead is a hidden locker for a headset.

    “Xcub is not just a new airplane; it is a new platform upon which we can build different configurations to fulfil different missions,” says company President, Randy Lervold. An example of XCub’s configurability is presented in the landing gear options. “Owners may choose legacy gear to achieve the lightest possible weight, or spring gear that provides better aerodynamics and speed,” Lervold says.

    “XCub checks every box on a bush pilot’s wish list,” Lervold continues, “STOL performance, useful load, speed and range. However, the thing I find special about XCub is the way it flies. With all new flight control surfaces, smooth push-pull aileron control rods and a host of exclusive aerodynamic enhancements, XCub exhibits precise handling and extraordinary flight harmony. This bird is a joy to fly, whether the journey is short or long.”

    Along with their new Flagship model, CubCrafters is also announcing factory-authorized flight training programs in partnership with Tac Aero in Hood River, Oregon. Tac Aero will offer programs ranging from primary through transition training for specific CubCrafters models, including XCub.

    CubCrafters is offering the first 20 XCubs in a limited Launch Edition. The Launch Edition has special introductory pricing and includes the Launch Edition paint scheme and branding, as well as a premium Ahtanum leather interior package at no extra charge. XCub is available from CubCrafters Certified Sales Centers.

    XCub Specifications:



    AIRCRAFT
    Certification: FAA Part 23 Certified
    Category: Normal (2,300 lbs GW) & Utility (1,980 lbs GW)
    Type: Single Engine Land & Sea
    Crew & Passengers: 2

    DIMENSIONS
    Length: 23 ft 10 in
    Height: 8 ft 4 in
    Wingspan: 34 ft 4 in
    Wing Area: 174.8 sq ft
    Cabin Width: 30 in
    Cabin Height: 52 in
    Cargo Area: 26 cu ft

    WEIGHTS
    Empty Weight: 1,216 lbs (base configuration)
    Gross Weight: 2,300 lbs
    Maximum Useful Load: 1,084 lbs
    Cargo Weight: 230 lbs

    CAPACITIES
    Fuel: 49 gal
    Oil: 8 quarts


    POWERPLANT
    Engine: Lycoming O-360-C1G
    Power: 180 Horsepower
    Propeller: Hartzell Trailblazer, constant speed, composite

    PERFORMANCE
    Maximum Speed: 153 mph in level flight
    Cruise (75% power): 145 mph
    Rate of Climb: 1,500 ft/min
    Endurance: 6+ hrs
    Range: 800 mi
    Takeoff Distance: 170 ft
    Landing Distance: 170 ft
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    Just in time for my birthday!

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    CC previously sold off the CC-18 type cert, didn't they?

    I wish them luck. I look forward to seeing this new certified Cub. I want to see how that spring gear works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    CC previously sold off the CC-18 type cert, didn't they?

    I wish them luck. I look forward to seeing this new certified Cub. I want to see how that spring gear works.
    They did.

    The spring gear is pretty slick, with everything else helping it becomes a very fast little bird when needed. Traditional gear will be available too.

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    who is the CC-18 owner now?
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    The Chinese, of course!

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    Cubcrafters has proven themselves as a smart, well run business. I admire that. When they sold the -18 TC I figured they staked their future on the Carbon Cub. I didn't see this coming. Good for them. It looks like a very nice, very worthy airplane. I hope it's a commercial success.

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    Do I dare ask the price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    I guess, if a new Sedan is $264k .......

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    Sounds pretty capable. RV merge with Cub (see Randy background)? Curious what airfoil it has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    No problem! I'll take two!

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    I agree that CC is doing a great job of introducing innovative, new airplanes. I'm sure this one will sell well too for those wanting a Husky type airplane.

    I'd like to see one up close or better yet demo fly it.

    There are a few things I wonder about. The 'legacy gear', as CC refers to the traditional landing gear on Cubs, is one of the things that make it a great off-airport performer IMO. I'm sure spring gear is faster, 14 mph they say, but I question how it will perform on truly rough stuff. And I don't mean a nicely mowed grass strip.

    And I wonder why it is 200 pounds heavier than my somewhat heavy CC EX? My EX is an even 1000 pounds with 31's and other heavier add-on's.

    The new control surfaces sound interesting. Having wrung out the FX version last fall with their new flaps and ailerons I can say that the feel and performance is an improvement. I assume this plane has similar control surfaces.

    Seeing a major investment in engineering, certification and manufacturing in this market is encouraging and I wish them the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinner2 View Post
    I agree that CC is doing a great job of introducing innovative, new airplanes. I'm sure this one will sell well too for those wanting a Husky type airplane.

    I'd like to see one up close or better yet demo fly it.

    There are a few things I wonder about. The 'legacy gear', as CC refers to the traditional landing gear on Cubs, is one of the things that make it a great off-airport performer IMO. I'm sure spring gear is faster, 14 mph they say, but I question how it will perform on truly rough stuff. And I don't mean a nicely mowed grass strip.

    And I wonder why it is 200 pounds heavier than my somewhat heavy CC EX? My EX is an even 1000 pounds with 31's and other heavier add-on's.

    The new control surfaces sound interesting. Having wrung out the FX version last fall with their new flaps and ailerons I can say that the feel and performance is an improvement. I assume this plane has similar control surfaces.

    Seeing a major investment in engineering, certification and manufacturing in this market is encouraging and I wish them the best.
    Fully "fully certified" engine and CS prop are I bet a 1/3 of the weight difference you see.

    I'm impressed with what I see so far, if such had been out four years ago I think I'd only be owning one airplane!
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    Cubcrafters did the flight testing in the hangar across from me back in February of this year. It's still using the Cub airfoil and has the same wing as the FX2. I got to have a lot of interesting conversations with Len Fox and the team on the first 2 planes. I learned a lot from listening to them talk about the X vs an 18. I could be wrong but I believe CC still owns the type cert for an 18 in the US. The deal with China limited by them to the Chinese market. It provided the funds for them to finish the X much quicker.

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    Can you adopt me?

    Quote Originally Posted by OLDCROWE View Post
    Fully "fully certified" engine and CS prop are I bet a 1/3 of the weight difference you see.

    I'm impressed with what I see so far, if such had been out four years ago I think I'd only be owning one airplane!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefoy84 View Post
    Kirby,

    Can you adopt me?
    Sorry, try Eaton maybe he'll substitute you for a Texan
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDCROWE View Post
    Sorry, try Eaton maybe he'll substitute you for a Texan
    I am a good housebroken Louisiana boy!

    Go Sooners!
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    Eaton will never adopt you if you keep saying things like "Go Sooners".

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    You know what I see here, at the moment the slideshow scrolled over to the interior shot?

    Carry-over, Trickle down effect, design box pushing… This is the real-world benefit of ICON coming into the world and throwing around heaps of money without really doing anything.This is a panel design straight out of Icon inspiration.

    If you've read any of my other posts you'll know I'm not a proponent of ICON and their lackluster machine, when others do it better. But I thank them for pushing the market, creating an advertising buzz, and getting some GA back into the spotlight. Maybe Cubcrafters already had this going on when ICON came into the scene, and maybe not, but it matters not.

    Good time to shake up the old standards and push new ideas, new designs, new layouts, and new products.

    Well done Cubcrafters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carey Gray View Post
    Eaton will never adopt you if you keep saying things like "Go Sooners".
    Nope,,, Eddies OUT!

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    Do I dare ask the price?
    For us in Canada, it looks like $462,000.00 including the exchange rate and tax at the border.
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    Eaton,

    Can I borrow $350,000? I will take you for a ride in my Amphib X to go fishing. Tom Ford said he would make my payments for me since he doesn't have to buy gas right now.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    Beautiful work by Cub Crafters but that's a lot of ching for a nice J3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aktango58 View Post
    Eaton,

    Can I borrow $350,000? I will take you for a ride in my Amphib X to go fishing. Tom Ford said he would make my payments for me since he doesn't have to buy gas right now.
    At Fords pace, he'll never have to buy gas.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDCROWE View Post
    Fully "fully certified" engine and CS prop are I bet a 1/3 of the weight difference you see.

    I'm impressed with what I see so far, if such had been out four years ago I think I'd only be owning one airplane!

    Yea, I can see that. But what would you be flying? Your daughter would have this one out on dates hunting boyfriends!

    Lots of things to like on this plane. Enough change that there are things not to like also, but I bet one would get familiar with the gear and other differences and such pretty quickly and find a ton of smiles each day.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aktango58 View Post
    Yea, I can see that. But what would you be flying? Your daughter would have this one out on dates hunting boyfriends!

    Lots of things to like on this plane. Enough change that there are things not to like also, but I bet one would get familiar with the gear and other differences and such pretty quickly and find a ton of smiles each day.
    Yea, can't possibly bounce any higher than a 180 brought in a little hot and a little steep!
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    Good job, Cubcrafters!!!

    That said, I just don't understand why anyone would choose to spend $400,000 on a cramped two-place, fabric covered airplane--be it a CC, Husky, or Maule--when the same money can buy a very nice Beaver with floats or a package deal that includes a Grand Champion 185 and nicely restored SC.

    What do people think they are getting for the money? Is it just a mid-life "I Have Arrived" status symbol, like a Ferrari or cigarette boat? Is it going to blind bimbos? A chick magnet for anal-retentive, bald, beer-bellied, never-married or divorced "A" type retirees?

    Does CC really expect to sell these to hunters, hunting guides, pipeline patrollers, and air taxi companies?

    And are the buyers going to park these new planes on the ramp all year long or are they going to have to figure the price and availability of a suitable hangar into the new airplane's bottom line?

    I don't know; maybe I'm just nuts. Maybe CC has a fat, juicy government contract that justifies the effort.

    Regardless, it is a handsome airplane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveE View Post
    Nope,,, Eddies OUT!
    Yea..........I find it hard to believe he's house broken either

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    after owning a cub crafters 18 topcub 2150 whips I can see their product is excellent but as I get older I can't relate to spending $300,000 there are so many great airplanes could be bought for much less money I guess I just don't get it I wish the best of luck to them

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    Everything is getting more expensive. A 2012 Cessna 172 is $310,000. I'd much rather have this Xcub than a 172, 182's probably closer to the 1/2 mil mark.

    I know several people who have recently spent more than $100K each upgrading their panels in older 180's and 185's.

    I'm not in a situation presently to buy a plane like this, but I sure would if I could. I appreciate the folks who are able to be early adopters of this kind of new technology, without them none of us would have the planes, modifications, etc, that we have.

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    I bet the cost of developing the X Cub to part 23 was a staggering figure. They will be good sellers. Look at the cost of a Husky. As far as I know, Husky's are selling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Heinrich View Post
    Good job, Cubcrafters!!!

    That said, I just don't understand why anyone would choose to spend $400,000 on a cramped two-place, fabric covered airplane--be it a CC, Husky, or Maule--when the same money can buy a very nice Beaver with floats or a package deal that includes a Grand Champion 185 and nicely restored SC.

    What do people think they are getting for the money? Is it just a mid-life "I Have Arrived" status symbol, like a Ferrari or cigarette boat? Is it going to blind bimbos? A chick magnet for anal-retentive, bald, beer-bellied, never-married or divorced "A" type retirees?

    Does CC really expect to sell these to hunters, hunting guides, pipeline patrollers, and air taxi companies?

    And are the buyers going to park these new planes on the ramp all year long or are they going to have to figure the price and availability of a suitable hangar into the new airplane's bottom line?

    I don't know; maybe I'm just nuts. Maybe CC has a fat, juicy government contract that justifies the effort.

    Regardless, it is a handsome airplane.
    Aviat has been in business quite some time simply building Huskies. When we were there last summer they were building a Pitts. First one in years and the tribal knowledge was gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Heinrich View Post

    What do people think they are getting for the money? Is it just a mid-life "I Have Arrived" status symbol, like a Ferrari or cigarette boat? Is it going to blind bimbos? A chick magnet for anal-retentive, bald, beer-bellied, never-married or divorced "A" type retirees?
    Have you checked the divorce rate for retired airline pilots lately?

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    Every time I park near the Aviat factory ramp when going to breakfast in Afton, there is a furious level of activity there. Always lots of planes, employee parking lot full, etc. CC will sell a boatload of the new birds not in spite of the high cost, but because of the high cost. Basic marketing mixed in with snob appeal/ being in a special and rare club, and there is nothing wrong with that if one can afford it. Neat plane, cost is no problem for their target audience. I could have 6 or 7 of my plane for the cost though, and I doubt I'd have more fun in anything else.

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    No one I know would spend that kind of money on a toy. It is being built for people with a lot more disposable income then all the people I know. It would be hard for anyone to justify that for a cub in Alaska. If you look at a cub just fresh out of rebuild a few years after it has been at work at a lodge they have seen some abuse. For half the price you can have a super nice Cub that will hold up to that abuse. If you put 35" Bushwheels on this spring gear airplane it is only going to go a little faster then a cub. It's target market has to be the guy that can afford the high end toys and is not going to be doing any serious off airport work. IMHO

    Beautiful airplane with a lot of comforts that is why it weighs so much.

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    You don't see a lot of GMC Denali pickups out mud bogging to the hunting grounds but GMC sure sells a lot of them. Even in Alaska.

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