Cub Crafters

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Cub Crafters, Inc.
IndustryGeneral Aviation
HeadquartersYakima, Washington
Key people
Jim Richmond - CEO
Patrick Horgan - President
ProductsKit aircraft, certified aircraft
Number of employees

Cub Crafters, Inc. (often styled CubCrafters) is an aircraft manufacturer based in Yakima, Washington. Founded in 1980 to build parts and supplementary type certificate (STC) modifications for the Piper PA-18 Super Cub, its CC18-180 Top Cub was Federal Aviation Administration-certified on December 16, 2004 and remained in production in February 2017; the Top Cub is a new aircraft based on the shape and attributes of the Super Cub, but incorporating modern materials and technology.[2]

The CC18-180 Top Cub was granted a type certificate (TC) by Transport Canada on 23 July 2008[3] and achieved Australian certification in August that year.[4] In July 2015 the company announced that it had sold the TC for the CC18 to the Liaoning Cub Aircraft Corporation of China. Cub Crafters licences the TC back to continue to produce the aircraft for the non-Chinese market; the Liaoning Cub Aircraft Corporation plans to produce the design for flight training, aerial photography, mapping, agriculture and personal use.[5][6]

Cub Crafters also produces a light-sport aircraft, the CC11-100 Sport Cub, based on the original Piper J-3 Cub's appearance; the Carbon Cub replaces many aluminium parts with carbon fiber to lighten the empty weight and allow for additional payload.[7]

The company also has a service and overhaul facility for PA-18 Super Cubs and other Cub derivative designs.[2]

In June 2016 the company introduced a new type certified design, the XCub, which had been secretly developed over six years.[8][9]



  1. ^ "Yakima's CubCrafters debuts faster, sleeker single-engine plane". YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC. July 4, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 40. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ Transport Canada (23 July 2008), Type Certificate Data Sheet A-253, retrieved 29 July 2015
  4. ^ "Australian Type Acceptance Certificate No. A249" (PDF). Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  5. ^ "CubCrafters Sells TC To Chinese Corporation". AVweb. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  6. ^ "CubCrafters Announces Top Cub Deal With Chinese Firm". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  7. ^ Hirschman, Dave (25 January 2010). "Light Sport Brute". AOPA. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  8. ^ Bertorelli, Paul. "Cub Crafters Rolls Out New XCub". AVweb. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ Hirschman, Dave (6 June 2016). "Backcountry surprise". AOPA. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
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