June 4, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
CubCrafters has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Part 23 certified Top Cub. The auto fuel STC is available from Petersen Aviation and is approved for all CC18-180/CC18-180A aircraft.
An approved mechanic must “install” the STC by adding the new fuel and engine placards, and then fill out a logbook entry and FAA form 337. The process takes approximately 30 minutes. No additional modification is required.
The STC allows the use of ethanol-free fuel with a minimum octane rating of 91. Installing the auto fuel STC does not restrict the aircraft to using only auto fuel. Aviation gas can still be used, or can be mixed with auto fuel.
“The auto fuel option will open up even more remote destinations that, until now, have been inaccessible because of the lack of easy access to fuel,” said CubCrafters owner and chairman Jim Richmond. “In addition, it will let Top Cub pilots keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets.”
The Top Cub can be ordered with optional tundra tires.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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