July 2009 Issue

Gear of the Year: Super SportCub

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When Thomas Paine was writing about times that try men’s souls, he was actually referring to the American Revolution, but that’s nothing compared to GA sales figures for the first quarter. No one’s jumping out of buildings yet. But then again, hangars don’t have second stories. Okay, so 2009 hasn’t been so hot thus far, but like everyone involved in aviation, we’re optimists and we sense a turnaround in the wind. In any case, pilots and owners are still buying things so it’s time for our annual review of the best products and services we’ve seen during the past calendar year. When we reviewed our reviews for the past 12 months, we were surprised to find more new stuff than we’ve typically seen in a year. Here’s our roundup of the most recommended things we tried this year. We’re normally cautious about effusing too much about products with no market history, but we’re making an exception for this one. CubCrafter’s Super SportCub merits this treatment because in the LSA world, it’s truly innovative. It has a true ASTM engine—at 180 HP, a big one—and the concept of an uncompromised, hotrod LSA hasn’t been offered by anyone else. The trouble with the LSA segment is that one white plastic airplane with high wings looks like any other white plastic airplane with high wings and we see a new one of them every week. The Super SportCub is thus in a league unto itself and deserves notice for that. For more, see

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