Accessories

July 2009 Issue

Gear of the Year: Super SportCub

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When Thomas Paine was writing about times that try menís souls, he was actually referring to the American Revolution, but thatís nothing compared to GA sales figures for the first quarter. No oneís jumping out of buildings yet. But then again, hangars donít have second stories. Okay, so 2009 hasnít been so hot thus far, but like everyone involved in aviation, weíre optimists and we sense a turnaround in the wind. In any case, pilots and owners are still buying things so itís time for our annual review of the best products and services weíve 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 weíve typically seen in a year. Hereís our roundup of the most recommended things we tried this year. Weíre normally cautious about effusing too much about products with no market history, but weíre making an exception for this one. CubCrafterís Super SportCub merits this treatment because in the LSA world, itís truly innovative. It has a true ASTM engineóat 180 HP, a big oneóand the concept of an uncompromised, hotrod LSA hasnít 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 www.cubcrafters.com

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