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Tue, Apr 04, 2006

CubCrafters Debuts First Production CC11-100 ‘Sport Cub’

CubCrafters has come to Lakeland, this year, to introduce the first production CC11-100 SPORT CUB.

SPORT CUB N503CR has a standard empty weight of 825 pounds; contains advanced weight saving and strengthening composites throughout; nad has a 4" wider cabin than any original Cub as well as a stow-away rear seat. A modern panel and avionics suite adorns the aircraft which has been built in a state-of-the-art CNC machine factory and  tested to the same rigid requirements, protocols, and quality assurance as their FAR Part 23 TOP CUB. It is also displayed in an all new paint scheme, scheduled to be the first of many new SPORT CUBs soon to roll off their production line and into customers’ hands.

Company president and owner Jim Richmond, SPORT CUB Program Manager Don Johnston, and the entire CubCrafters team are justifiably proud. Richmond commented “I want to thank our customers for their patience. We not only hope that the wait has been more than worth it, but with this SPORT CUB we have also fulfilled our promise to the Light Sport aircraft market by delivering a truly “all new” airplane. We certainly have a lot of new SPORT CUBs yet to build, but as of today, we are now officially in serial production and we are sharply focused on many more SPORT CUB deliveries in the coming months.”

Johnston echoed comments he made very early in SPORT CUB’s development: “SPORT CUB is a complete new design - spinner to tailwheel - that retains the gentle flight characteristics of the legendary aircraft that inspired the light-sport category but vastly improves all the other components versus any past or present airplane. Now everyone can see what we have known and planned for all along; nearly every major part of SPORT CUB – the fuselage, wings, cockpit, panel, interior, seats, cowling, fuel system and so on – has been designed new for substantial improvements in safety, performance, materials and construction.”

Repeating a common customer comment, “None of our confirmed SPORT CUB deposit holders want a 50-year-old reproduction airplane. With SPORT CUB, our customers will certainly get the legacy of the iconic airplane, but in a modern, safe, well-equipped airplane that represents true forward thinking. We certainly looked to history for inspiration, but we are leaving the conventional wisdom of antiquated design, construction and materials behind in the new SPORT CUB.”

CubCrafters debuted the prototype SPORT CUB at Oshkosh in early August of 2005 and it will deliver the first customer SPORT CUB later this month. Since the debut of the SPORT CUB prototype, CubCrafters will have delivered 20 FAR Part 23 certified TOP CUBs and more than 40 completely rebuilt PA-18 Super Cubs; plus continuous parts manufacture supporting the existing Super Cub fleet. CubCrafters Vice President Todd Simmons added, “Each of our businesses – TOP CUB, SPORT CUB, and Super Cub – benefit from the others. Our debut of the first production SPORT CUB today is just the latest accomplishment that we will proudly add to our well-earned reputation of the past 26 years.”



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