CubCrafters has received an order for three more CC18-180 Top Cubs from the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services (USDAWS). This order brings the total number of Top Cubs that have been added to the USDAWS fleet to nine.
Delivery of the airplanes will be made in early 2011, to the USDAWS headquarters in Cedar City, Utah.
The purchases continue a trend by USDAWS to replace and upgrade its aging fleet of Huskys and Piper Super Cubs with CubCrafters Top Cubs. The USDAWS currently maintains a fleet of approximately 30 aircraft.
CubCrafters began its relationship with USDAWS a number of years ago, repairing and rebuilding Super Cubs for the department, company officials said. CubCrafters President Jim Richmond comments, “The proven Top Cub design is stronger, lighter and — vitally important in this application — capable of a much greater useful load. With a useful load of over 1,000 pounds, it is virtually impossible to overload a Top Cub.”
Richmond also notes that the Top Cub presents an exceptional value for budget-conscious departments. “The Top Cub excels in the low-altitude low-airspeed flight regime where maneuverability and responsiveness are critically important. We think it makes an attractive alternative to a helicopter. It’ll do about 85% of what a helicopter will do, at about five cents on the dollar. Besides being economical and practical, the Top Cub has a ‘low key’ appearance that makes it particularly appropriate for applications such as law enforcement and surveillance. Sheriff and police departments, as well as federal agencies, should take note.”
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