For years, if you were in the market for a new, Part 23 backcountry taildragger, Aviat’s Husky was one of a small handful of options a buyer had. The new XCub from CubCrafters gives the market another option.
The beauty of this new competitive pairing is both Aviat and CubCrafters have a great deal of experience of bringing top-of-the-line niche product to market.
Plus, there’s no waiting. Well, for the most part. A buyer can sign a contract and plan for a delivery date written in ink.
With all the press XCub earned following its debut, I got to thinking about how it stacked up to the venerable Husky. The two are closer than I originally thought…
|Length||22 ft 7 in||23 ft 10 in|
|Wingspan||35 ft 6 in||34 ft 4 in|
|Gross Weight||2,250 lbs||2,300 lbs|
|Empty Weight||1,275 lbs||1,216 lbs|
|Useful Load||925 lbs||1,084 lbs|
|Fuel Capacity||50 gallons||49 gallons|
|Cargo Area||19.3 cu ft||26 cu ft|
|Max Speed||145 mph||153 mph|
|Cruise Speed – 75% Power||140 mph||145 mph|
|Stall Speed – Full Flaps, Power Off||53 mph||46 mph|
|Takeoff Distance||200 ft||170 ft|
|Landing Distance||350 ft||170 ft|
|Rate of Climb||1,500 ft||1,500 ft|
|Range||800 miles||800 miles|
|Engine||Lycoming O-360-A1P||Lycoming O-360-C1G|
|Horsepower||180 hp||180 hp|
|PRICE||$302,503 Tundra Edition||$301,000 Standard Edition|
I wonder, is this the new Chevy vs Ford?