CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS evolves

After three years in production and a fleet of more than 100 aircraft, the CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) is evolving for 2013.

Changes include a new cowling design, an improved cabin heat system, a new starter, and a new system voltage monitor, company officials said. New options are also being introduced, including a ground adjustable propeller from Whirl Wind, a GPS-equipped Emergency Locator Transmitter, and new amphibious floats from Aerocet, which are coming soon.

“We have been working hard for the past year on these improvements and are pleased to now announce them,” says CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold. “These improvements are a direct result of feedback from both our customers and our dealer network.”

The redesigned cowling meets Part 23 cooling test standards and results in up to a 40° reduction in cylinder head temperatures, providing greater cooling margin when operating in the most challenging ambient conditions, company officials said.

The new cabin heat system boasts a 340% increase in airflow (CFM) and a 200% BTU increase over the previous system, while the new SmartMonitor electrical system voltage monitor improves safety by constantly monitoring and displaying the status of both the main bus and ignition backup battery systems. Should any drop in voltage be detected, the pilot is visually alerted immediately, officials noted. The new Hartzell starter is 1.7 pounds lighter than the starter used previously, company officials said, adding it improves hot starts while drawing less current.

CubCrafters is now accepting orders for the 2013 Carbon Cub SS. Prices start at $172,990.

CubCrafters, founded in 1980 by Jim Richmond, is located at Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field Airport (YKM) in Yakima, Wash. The company offers offers three FAA-certified, ready-to-fly, aircraft: The second generation SPORT CUB S2, the follow on airplane to the original SPORT CUB; The CARBON CUB, a stronger and more powerful version of the S2 with 180 horsepower available for takeoff and climb; and TOP CUB, with useful load of over 1,000 pounds.

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