TacAero, the company’s authorized training provider, accepted the first aircraft at the show. Instructor Jeremy Young said the airplane will complement the current fleet, which now includes one of every airplane CubCrafters makes. It’s all part of TacAero’s five-day transition course, which includes 20 hours of ground instruction and 18 hours of flight instruction. Young said they start at the preflight and go through advanced backcountry operations.
CubCrafters calls the XCub a clean-sheet design, which is somewhat of a disconnect when you see it. Although the airplane retains the lines of a Cub, the design more or less started from scratch. Chief engineer Pat Horgan said it’s like designing an aircraft from two directions. You know what you want to end with, but you start at the beginning in order to wring out the best performance.
For more on the XCub, see AOPA’s full coverage from the July issue of AOPA Pilot.