On an overcast, humid June day, I top a high dike built to prevent the Susquehanna River from flooding William T. Piper Memorial airport.
STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,200. Empty wt. 680. Fuel capacity 9. Engine 40-hp to 65-hp Continental. PERFORMANCE: (65 hp). Top mph 87. Cruise mph 75. Stall mph 38. Initial climb rate 450. Range 206. Ceiling 11,500. Takeoff run 700. Landing roll 800. The Piper J-3, developed in 1937, made the name “Cub” a more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,400. Empty wt. 865. Fuel capacity 16. Engine 75-hp Continental. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 100. Cruise mph 96. Landing mph 40. Initial climb rate 450. Range 455. Ceiling 12,000. The J-4 Coupe was the first Piper monoplane to have side-by-side seating. First flown in 1938 and produced from 1939 to more »
STANDARD DATA: (Super Cruiser) Seats 3. Gross wt. 1,390. Empty wt. 490. Fuel capacity 30. Engine 108-hp Lycoming. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 115. Cruise mph 105. Stall mph 49. Initial climb rate 600. Range 600. Ceiling 12,600. Takeoff distance (50′) 720. Landing distance (50′) 470. STANDARD DATA: (J-5) Seats 3. Gross wt. 1,450. Empty wt. 830. more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 3. Gross wt. 1,750. Empty wt. 930. Fuel capacity 36. Engine 150-hp Lycoming. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 130. Cruise mph 115.Stall mph 43. Initial climb rate 960. Range 460. Ceiling 19,000. Takeoff distance (50′) 500. Landing distance (50′) 725. STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,500. Empty wt. 800. Fuel capacity 18. Engine more »
At the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas, Plane & Pilot editor-in-chief Robert Goyer presented the Plane & Pilot Turboprop Plane of the Year to Piper Aircraft president and CEO Simon Caldecot for the company’s M600 single-engine turboprop. The M600 earned certification last year and Piper has already delivered many of the flagship more »
The Piper Cub is coming up on 80 years young. Expect to see lots of them, plus a number of Cub-related special events, at this year’s Oshkosh AirVenture. As you know if you’ve been reading my views on things for very long, I’m not a big fan of anniversaries, but if there’s a purpose to more »
The Piper Cub has been around for a long time, and the classic Cub remains in our minds a dirt-simple machine, though popular Cub offshoots from Aviat and Cubcrafters have upped the ante considerably. So going all in on this game is American Legend Aircraft, the company that makes the Legend Cub, a popular Cub more »
It’s no secret that Piper recently earned FAA certification for its new M600, the next-generation PA-46 featuring an all-new wing and a more powerful Pratt & Whitney turboprop engine installation. I traveled down to Piper’s Vero Beach, Florida, headquarters, situated at busy KVRB on the beautiful Atlantic Coast, to learn more about the new model more »
Year “Cub” name first used: 1930 Manufacturer: Taylor Aircraft Location of factory: Harri-Emery Field, Bradford, Pennsylvania Designation of first Cub: Taylor E-2 Cub First Taylor E-2 engine: Brownbach Tiger Kitten What young tiger offspring (kittens) are called: Cubs Animal featured in Cub logo: Bear Horsepower of Brownbach Tiger Kitten: 20 Length of cinder runway at more »
Interest in bush flying and STOL aircraft is trending.
Pulling the nose up, the forward visibility still surprisingly good for a tandem taildragger, I put the needle of the airspeed indicator—yes, there’s still a needle—right at best rate of climb, 70 mph—yes, there are still miles per hour, too. Mindful that this is the clean configuration stall speed for a lot of singles, I more »
American Legend Aircraft Company recently announced a twofold partnership with Sporty’s Pilot Shop, the leader in aviation products and pilot supplies.
Handshakes are offered all around as the early morning quiet muffles discussions about density altitude and engine cooling.
This year marks the 75th year from when William T. Piper first created the J-3 Cub in 1938.
In case you hadn’t heard, this is the Year of the Cub…the 75th anniversary celebration of that wonderful proto-LSA, the Piper J3 Cub. Of course, I’m excusing my post on the FAA-certified J3 here because it is also legal to fly as a Sport Pilot, along with many other venerable Golden Age flivvers. I fly more »
I’m the kind of guy who’s not scared to try new things. When I would fly my RC plane, I always thought how nice it would be to sit behind the controls and have freedom.