CubCrafters’ list of options for the Carbon Cub SS and the Sport Cub S2 now includes Baumann 1500A amphibious floats.
The STOL performance that the Carbon Cub SS has been widely recognized for is now available to pilots seeking an amphibious float application, according to officials with the Yakima, Wash.-based company. CubCrafters recently finished ASTM certification of the Baumann 1500A amphib installation. The Carbon Cub SS and Sport Cub S2 may now be ordered with this option or retrofitted for existing owners. The aircraft can be delivered as a one- or two-place airplane in either the Special Light Sport category, or as an Experimental Light Sport.
Low altitude climb rate with the amphibs is still 1,800 fpm at gross weight, company officials said, noting landing gear retraction is handled by a lightweight mechanical mechanism with a floor mounted retraction handle. Dual water rudders are also included and provide very responsive taxi control, officials said.
“Ever since introducing the Carbon Cub SS we’ve been fielding inquiries about amphibs, so I’m most pleased to now have them available,” said Jim Richmond, owner and chairman. “The performance penalty in adding the amphibs was less than expected in all regards and results in a truly remarkable amphibious aircraft — I’m not aware of any float-plane that gets off the water quicker.”
Check out a short video of the Carbon Cub SS on amphibs at YouTube.com.