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    Default Legacy of the Sport Cub

    Well, I guess its apparent that the Sport Cub is no longer manufactured, the carbon cub having made the sport cub obsolete. As you know the only real difference between the sport cub and the carbon cub is 80hp. The performance of the Carbon Cub is absolutely amazing and a blast to fly. However don't sell the sport cub short, you can still do almost anything the Carbon Cub can do if aviated properly.

    When Cubcrafters first started manufacturing LSAs a friend of mine bought Sport Cub S1 serial #6, N787AK in 2007, one of the first sport cubs built. Completing his sport pilot certificate in the fall of 2007 in 7AK and went on to log over 1300 hours tach time by 2013.

    In the summer of 2010, my friend attended a super cub STOL fly-in at Concrete WA with Tom Hanni and Tom's sport cub. The two were and still are really good friends and flew together often with Tom sharing his knowledge of in-trail and formation flying. The super cub drivers cajoled my friend and Tom to compete in the STOL contest. The super cub guys commenced to take out the back seats, remove fuel making them light as possible but my friend and Tom knew nothing of this as this would be their first time ever competing in a STOL contest.

    The hot rod 180hp super cubs went first and the best take off was 110 feet which really wowed everyone. Now keep in mind that neither my friend nor Tom ever competed STOL before but my friend commenced to pull off a 55' take off and Tom performed a 85' takeoff with Tom getting the overall with a great landing! The super cub guys shook their heads and Cubcrafters was smiling.

    Here is a video of that 55' take off filmed by Pete Dougherty of Cubcrafters.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDRYOwqhvZM

    I really believe the used Sport Cubs are a great buy and still great flyers!
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    Default Re: Legacy of the Sport Cub

    The only good I see in it being obsolete is that hopefully it will help the price of the Sportcub for its current owners and slow the depreciation.

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    Default Re: Legacy of the Sport Cub

    Quote Originally Posted by ncshp View Post
    The only good I see in it being obsolete is that hopefully it will help the price of the Sportcub for its current owners and slow the depreciation.
    Actually I believe they could start to increase in value....
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    Default Re: Legacy of the Sport Cub

    I received an email from Chip recently with a video that showed Chip demonstrating flying the Carbon Cub basically at zero indicated Air speed, it was a great video by the way.

    Here is a short clip showing sport cub 7AK taking off with two people at a short rough backcountry strip in fairly higher density altitude. Look at the air speed indicator after its off the ground it will indicate zero. Could a carbon cub do better?, of course, but not bad for a 100hp.

    Enjoy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsoh6nzGrXo
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    Default Re: Legacy of the Sport Cub

    Quote Originally Posted by couleeone View Post
    I received an email from Chip recently with a video that showed Chip demonstrating flying the Carbon Cub basically at zero indicated Air speed, it was a great video by the way.

    Here is a short clip showing sport cub 7AK taking off with two people at a short rough backcountry strip in fairly higher density altitude. Look at the air speed indicator after its off the ground it will indicate zero. Could a carbon cub do better?, of course, but not bad for a 100hp.

    Enjoy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsoh6nzGrXo
    Did you notice that it wasn't moving on the ground when he was obviously moving 25+ mph?

    Glenn

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    Default Re: Legacy of the Sport Cub

    canyon turn 90 degs sideways.jpg

    Sport cub doing a 90 degree canyon turn using the flaps to tighten the turn, one of the many virtues of sport/carbon cubs!
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    Default Re: Legacy of the Sport Cub

    Here is another friend in a early sport cub in a 20mph crosswind landing in Montana

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YSbWjBtDBM
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