Industry News

June 2007 Issue

Cub Clones: Besting the Real Thing

At $100,000 plus, Cubs from Legend Aircraft and CubCrafter are safer and built better than the original. They me be LSA standouts.

How’s this for the ultimate incongruity: Bose headset, full glass panel, electric trim and a Garmin GPSmap 496 with NEXRAD and TIS traffic, all slipped into the front end of a Cub with quite a lot of room to spare. Although we’re sure William T. Piper could never have imagined it, that’s exactly where we are in the brave new world of emerging light sport aircraft. If the original LSA concept included as much as a passing nod to simple and unsophisticated, the reality may be anything but. Not that we’re complaining.

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