Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

King Kong "Little" Cub

CubCrafters’ top LSA offers a big surprise when the throttle goes forward

I’m not that good, so I stuck to 50 knots as a typical approach speed. Flying with CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold, I did about a half-dozen landings, and despite my rusty taildragger technique, the airplane lived up to its name, a Cub. It was gentle and forgiving in every mode, and though I didn’t try a max-performance, slam-it-down-and-stomp-on-the-binders effort, it’s apparent the Cub SS easily could land and grind to a halt in 300 feet or less.

There are probably a half-dozen airplanes that nearly always incite a case of the gotta-have-its when I fly them. An Aerostar 700 is one, an Extra 300 is another, a Lake Renegade is a third. There are several others, but the Carbon Cub SS is a new addition to that list.

I know it could be a great working airplane for hopping around the boondocks of Canada and Alaska. Personally, if a factory built a Carbon Cub SS S-LSA, I’d use mine strictly for fun.

Short-Field Winner

Short-field flying in Alaska is often as mandatory as it is voluntary. While Alaska has a reasonable selection of paved or prepared runways, it’s primarily a place where pilots must make their own way.

Paul Claus of Chitina, Alaska, is one of the foremost bush pilots in the Last Frontier. He has over 20,000 hours of bush experience, much of it in the venerable Super Cub.

At the recent Valdez Fly-In this May, Claus flew a stock CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS to victory in the Alternate Bush Class of the STOL competition. He took off in 64 feet and landed in 69 feet with no wind. Three years ago, he flew the prototype Carbon Cub and posted a helicopter-like takeoff run of 19 feet (with the help of a little wind).

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