When I think of my recent flights in Sportair USA’s Bush iCub, they’re soaked in rich, golden yellow—Cub Yellow to be precise. Inside and out, the fabric-covered, balloon-tire-riding, classic-looking taildragger—with an Apple iPad in the front panel, no less—is one colorful, beautifully built variant of the Piper J3/SuperCub ethos that dominates S-LSA sales in America. Clearly there’s a thread of Cub Love stitched into almost every pilot’s heart.
Bill Canino, head honcho of Sportair USA and former Air Force jet jockey, wanted another airplane to gap-fill his stable of light-sport offerings. But he didn’t want just another Cub clone. “Our aircraft line,” says Bill, “fits a variety of missions. For cross-country, in comfort, with some baggage, we’ve got the Sirius. For something fast, lively and very maneuverable—with a great view—we’ve got the Sting S4. For amphibious hull flying, there’s the SeaRey.”