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CubCrafters Delivers First Customer XCub at AirVenture
You are invited to attend two CubCrafters events at AirVenture…

CubCrafters Press Event at the AirVenture Press HQ, 1:00 PM CST on Monday, July 25. Learn more about the introduction of XCub and our first customer delivery.

CubCrafters’ first customer delivery at Boeing Centennial Plaza, 1:30 PM CST on Wednesday, July 27.

We hope to see you there!



Yakima, Washington – July 20, 2016: Aircraft manufacturer, CubCrafters, will celebrate an historic milestone on Wednesday during AirVenture 2016. The Company will present the all new XCub, serial number 4, to its first customer. The presentation will take place at AirVenture’s Boeing Centennial Plaza at 1:30 PM CDT.

The proud owner of the XCub is TacAero, CubCrafters’ exclusive authorized partner for factory transition training and advanced tailwheel courses. TacAero is located in scenic Hood River, Oregon, where the surrounding landscape offers perfect operating environments to challenge adventure pilots.

Jeremy Young, Vice President of TacAero, has been anticipating the delivery. “TacAero owns and operates a range of CubCrafters aircraft, including the Part 23 certified Top Cub and variants of the Carbon Cub, to satisfy every transition requirement,” Young said. “When we receive the XCub at AirVenture, we will offer our clients the most comprehensive suite of training programs available to tailwheel pilots.”

CubCrafters Director of Global Sales Support, Brad Damm, comments, “After our long development cycle, it is gratifying to present our first customer XCub to an organization that is devoted to advancing piloting skills, decision-making and safety. Though the XCub launch has already exceeded CubCrafters’ expectations, our partnership with TacAero will certainly increase the number of pilots who will successfully transition to this fantastic new airplane.”

XCub received FAA Part 23 certification on June 2, 2016 and was announced to the public on June 6 of this year. Upon the announcement, CubCrafters offered a limited series of 20 Launch Edition aircraft that include exclusive paint, Launch Edition branding and a premium equipment package at special pricing. The Launch Edition has already been sold out.

XCub is lighter, faster and stronger than any aircraft in its category. The new model also carries a larger payload and delivers greater range. Combined, these attributes fulfill a much wider mission profile compared to any other aircraft in this class.

“With the addition of XCub to our fleet, TacAero will expand our curriculum to include longer-range operations with heavier loads,” Young continued. TacAero offers courses ranging from FAA approved Part 141 transition training for specific CubCrafters models to customizable Part 61 training to suit a pilot’s needs. The company’s training programs are distinguished for their professional, in-depth coursework and include practical, flight-intensive applications in a multitude of real-world environments, thereby delivering an immersive and fun experience.

TacAero’s new XCub will be pressed into flight training service immediately following AirVenture.

XCub Specifications:

Certification: FAA Part 23 Certified
Category: Normal (2,300 lbs GW) & Utility (1,980 lbs GW)
Type: Single Engine Land & Sea
Crew & Passengers: 2

Length: 23 ft 10 in
Height: 8 ft 4 in
Wingspan: 34 ft 4 in
Wing Area: 174.8 sq ft
Cabin Width: 30 in
Cabin Height: 52 in
Cargo Area: 26 cu ft

Empty Weight: 1,216 lbs (base configuration)
Gross Weight: 2,300 lbs
Maximum Useful Load: 1,084 lbs
Cargo Weight: 230 lbs

Fuel: 49 gal
Oil: 8 quarts

Engine: Lycoming O-360-C1G
Power: 180 Horsepower
Propeller: Hartzell Trailblazer, constant speed, composite

Maximum Speed: 153 mph in level flight
Cruise (75% power): 145 mph
Rate of Climb: 1,500 ft/min
Endurance: 6+ hrs
Range: 800 mi
Takeoff Distance: 170 ft
Landing Distance: 170 ft

CubCrafters, founded in 1980 by current owner and CEO, Jim Richmond, is located at McAllister Field Airport (YKM) in Yakima, WA. CubCrafters’ roots are in the 70-year history of classic taildragger aviation, but its products and services are innovative and completely modern.

CubCrafters designs and manufactures Part 23 Certified, LSA and Experimental aircraft. XCub, the company’s newest introduction, substantially expands the mission profile of sport utility aircraft with its higher speed, longer range and larger payload. The Top Cub is the most up-to-date iteration of the historic Super Cub available. The Carbon Cub SS LSA has redefined expectations of “backcountry aircraft” with its light weight, powerful engine, and breathtaking performance. CubCrafters also offers their Carbon Cub in a kit variant, the Carbon Cub EX-2, as well as an E-AB “builder assist” program, Carbon Cub FX Builder Assist.

TacAero is an industry leader in advanced Aircraft and Payload training. Their experience in government contracting, training and services has given TacAero the competitive edge in providing a quality product to their customers. As the Exclusive CubCrafters Factory Aircraft Training Provider, TacAero provides training for the aspiring pilot all the way to advanced transition training including off-field landing maneuvers. Their staff is comprised of industry professionals that have the reputation and experience to deliver an unmatched training experience. Visit or call 844-FLY-CUBS today to learn how TacAero can serve you and take your training to the next level.

For more information about XCub, visit

1918 South 16th Avenue

Yakima, WA 98903


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