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Thread: Firmin vs Airglas LC18XL pod?

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    Firmin vs Airglas LC18XL pod?

    Anyone got thoughts on this?

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    People tend to buy one or the other and have no experience with the one they DIDN'T buy.

    All I can say is that I like my Firmin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NunavutPA-12 View Post
    People tend to buy one or the other and have no experience with the one they DIDN'T buy.

    All I can say is that I like my Firmin.

    Same here. No experience with the Airglas but I love my Firmin. Well made, lightweight, and holds a bunch. It is one of the top mods I have done to my certified -18 and I have nearly 40 mods on it. And it was an absolute pleasure to deal with Bob.

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    The older airglas were much smaller than the firman. And with how the hinge was attached on the airglas sucked. It didn’t swing all the way down before hitting.
    Love my firman. Hardly ever use it but it’s nice when you need it. Welded tabs on my fuselage when I rebuilt.


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    Is one heavier than the other, or does one hold more volume/weight than the other?

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    Britishcubbloke, I have the LC18XL. its 21.5 Lbs installed, has a Max baggage weight of 175Lbs. Don't have the dimensions handy, though I have heard the Firmin is a little bigger. I agree with NanavutPA-12, which ever one has is probably a fan. However I will say I am impartial to the whole thing. For me when I decided it was time to get a pod and started looking for one the LC18XL was immediately available. This may not be the case today. For me at the time, it was what was available, easy and no hassle. I bought it and it was installed a couple days later. I guess what I'm saying is, what is the cost/wait time for either? I don't think you can go wrong with either one, just get one. I would never not have a pod. Definitely don't buy one of the older, smaller pods.

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    Bob also sells an extra large bush pod/Firmin pod that isn’t STC’d. About 2 inches deeper and a larger door. Has anyone obtained a field approval for this one to get it legal on a certified cub?
    Have owned same cub for 38 years!!!

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    Who’s driving around Lake Hood with a tape measure?
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    I am pretty sure the only planes that have them are the experimental aircraft!
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    Alaskan Bush Pod by Bob Piatt is STC -18
    There are a few FA out there for installation on a -12 One from 2010 and one from 2022
    One is going onto my -12 Cert
    Doug
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    Quote Originally Posted by DENNY View Post
    I am pretty sure the only planes that have them are the experimental aircraft!
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    This is the big pod. On 35s and ext gear you’ll struggle to tell the difference between it and the smaller unless you had another cub parked next to it……or if Denny was the one doing tech inspections and ramp checks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorguns View Post
    Alaskan Bush Pod by Bob Piatt is STC -18
    There are a few FA out there for installation on a -12 One from 2010 and one from 2022
    One is going onto my -12 Cert
    Doug
    Are you doing the standard pod or the larger? His fiberglass pod or carbon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZinAK View Post
    Are you doing the standard pod or the larger? His fiberglass pod or carbon?
    Standard a lot bigger than the Airglass pod that has served me really well.
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    How much does the Firmin pod weight compared to the Airglass carbon fiber pod?

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    I see this thread is still up. In the interest of "how big are they" I took some measurements from my LC18XL pod. I do not see the door dimensions listed on Airglas' website so I used a tape measure to get those numbers.
    LC18XL
    86" long
    24" wide
    13" deep
    side door is 33.5" long, 9.75"(front) tapering to 8"(backside)
    rear door 11.25 wide, 9.5 high
    weight installed 21.5LBS
    max load capability 175LBS

    From Airframes AK website on the Firmin AK bush pod:
    Firmin Alaska Bush Pod
    84" long
    24" wide
    14" deep
    side door is 29" long, 10" high
    rear door is 14" wide, 8" high
    weight installed 25LBS
    max weight capacity 150LBS

    For the good of the group, can anyone provide the dimensions of the EXP (bigger) AK bush pod?
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