Sat, Jul 01, 2006
Do NOT Try This At Home!
Representatives with CubCrafters told ANN last week that the
company has completed all flight testing for its new Sport Cub, and
that it has all data in hand for the aircraft's final LSA
certification... and quite a bit more.
"These flight tests represent the third and final component of
our overall Sport Cub aircraft test program," said CubCrafters
Vice-President Todd Simmons.
The company expects to receive LSA certification for the Sport
Cub on July 7.
Simmons noted the company performed rigorous testing on the
aircraft, above and beyond the requirements for light-sport
certification."...[T]he testing protocol that we have put the Sport
Cub through -- comprehensive wing, fuselage and now flight tests --
is not an LSA certification requirement," Simmons said.
Indeed -- light sport planes are not required to demonstrate
spin proficiency (above)... or the ability to perform a victory
roll (below). Needless to say, CubCrafters admonishes pilots to
NOT attempt to duplicate those manuevers.
Company president Jim Richmond said CubCrafters held the Sport
Cub to the same test protocol the company used in receiving Part 23
certification of its 180-horsepower "Top Cub" two years ago.
"Only actual testing proves that the design and performance
characteristics -- and the analysis -- that the computer tells us
are right," Richmond said. "The entire CubCrafters team is
justifiably proud of the Sport Cub test program, and we are glad to
share the results with our customers and potential customers."
Founded in 1980, CubCrafters is located at Yakima Air
Terminal/McAllister Field Airport (YKM) in Yakima, WA. In addition
to its Sport Cub and Top Cub models, CubCrafters also rebuilds
classic Piper Cubs.
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