CubCrafters is giving its XCub something every backcountry pilot craves: more horsepower.
Together with Lycoming and Hartzell, CubCrafters is offering the “CC393i” firewall-forward package: a 215-horsepower, fuel injected, four-cylinder Lycoming engine with a three-blade, composite, constant-speed Hartzell prop. The package is exclusive to the XCub and replaces its original 180-hp engine, adding about 10 pounds to the empty weight of the aircraft.
The FAA-certified XCub was introduced in 2016, and it set new performance marks for backcountry airplanes in terms of speed, range, and the use of durable, lightweight materials.
The new engine/prop combination features some of the improvements that were pioneered in experimental, kitbuilt versions of the Carbon Cub EX–3 and FX–3 models.
The XCub was the first standard-category airplane approved by the FAA to use non-technical standard order (non-TSO) avionics for primary flight instrumentation, specifically the Garmin G3X, in 2017.