3rd Generation Carbon Cub Addressing Deficiencies

Set to display at THE annual gathering of aviation, AirVenture 2018, the 3rd generation Carbon Cub from Yakima will address deficiencies in its rapidly depreciating line of aircraft. The newest variants spotlight a fuel-injected engine, the addition of a constant-speed propeller, and a higher 2,000 lb. gross weight limit. Restated, these variants represent improvements to something previously problematic.

We can all agree that new engine technologies are a boon to aviation, keeping in mind that engine manufacturers are hard pressed to maintain their historically high level of reliability. Let’s hope they get electronic fuel injection right. On the other hand, hanging a new propeller on an engine is a trivial decision. Look to the Legend Cub from Texas and its forthcoming reversible model from MT-Propeller (MTV-15). Why reversible? Well on a FloatCub it makes a big difference when water taxiing. If you want a 2,000 lb. gross weight limit, well buy a Husky—by all accounts a great airplane in its class.

Growth of the product line translates to following the auto industry model whereby current customers trade up to something slightly newer, but questionably better. This sales model kills and rapidly devaluates previous year models. Sure some customers will buy in, but the value of the entire product line will only remain high if a solid product was built to begin with.

Feedback from experienced flyers exemplifies your boastfulness. You might be honest and call them your most imprudent owner/operators who fly big rocks with their big (s)ocks. Short-selling the training and expertise aspects of challenging flying conditions risks safety for all. Nevertheless, bringing people into aviation is great for the community at large.

An improved airframe is merely word bending for more proprietary parts. As the aircraft gets more complex and the parts list grows this means higher repair and maintenance costs for customers, a C-company trademark.

An ever-widening group of aircraft buyers are seeking greater comfort and superior construction. Let’s begin by talking about the comfort of a back seat sling, always been a shortcoming. As quality is in the eye of the beholder, stake the claim of superior construction, but only when you’re referring to your own past deeds.

Our investments in factory infrastructure and customer service are bearing fruit. Great to hear you are addressing deficiencies.

We do agree on one thing, that backcountry flying, the more adventurous name for recreational flying, is growing in popularity and this is good for all.

Bearhawk Aircraft Announces the Formation of Bearhawk Canada

AUSTIN, TEXAS, JUNE 7, 2018 – Bearhawk Aircraft announced today the formation of Bearhawk Canada to further expand its operations in the vast regions of North America. An agreement has been made with Mike Silvernagle in Saskatchewan to represent Bearhawk Aircraft in Canada for sales, service, parts and support of the three models of Bearhawk aircraft kits.

Bearhawk Aircraft manufactures high quality quick-build kits for the Bearhawk 4-Place, tandem two-place Bearhawk Patrol and Bearhawk LSA. Remaining part of the Bearhawk Canada team, and supporting Mike Silvernagle, will be Steve Busby of Aerolite, www.aeroliteflight.ca, in Ontario.

For more information on Bearhawk Canada, visit www.bearhawkcanada.ca, or contact Mike Silvernagle at mike@bearhawkcanada.ca or 306-740-8803.

For more information on Bearhawk Aircraft, visit www.bearhawkaircraft.com, or contact Bearhawk at info@bearhawkaircraft.com or 1-877-528-4776.

– Bearhawk –

Mike Silvernagle and Bearhawk 4-Place
Mike Silvernagle and the Bearhawk 4-Place
Mike Silvernagle Bearhawk Patrol
Mike Silvernagle’s Bearhawk Patrol Project

Watch the moose stalls video, Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude, by NTSB at https://youtu.be/J9rv1nY-CbY.

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Another better Cub?

Kitplanes Magazine Flight Report (July 2018) on the EX-3/FX-3 — Followed by reflections of a Legend Cub builder/owner/operator.

Lighter to give them better performance — This comes at a price. A Legend Cub accomplishes this without sacrificing quality or comfort.

Aerodynamic mods can make them handle better — End the end is it still a Cub? The Cub is the standard to which everything else is compared. Where do you draw the line? True performance is limited by its wing and this is also where it derives its Cub characteristics.

Modern construction techniques make them easier to build and maintain — The multiplication in quantity and the proprietary nature of new parts puts a steep price on “easier.”

Did CubCrafters redesign (and redefine) the Cub — Today it’s a Cub in name only, and like many others who have before them redefined the Cub, namely: Backcountry, Bushwhacker, Dakota, Husky, Javron, Mackey, Savage, Smith, Tiger, Wag-Aero.

There is no substitute for power! — The same goes for the Super Legend XP. It’s the legendary Cub with extreme performance, and more power than can be fully utilized. The 150-hp Super Cub upped the bar and set the standard. Todays Super Legend HP with its Lycoming engine offers the same power-to-weight ratio.

It enters and exits a roll rate crisply, making quick maneuvers easy to initiate and formation flight fun — The same goes for every Legend Cub. It flies like a Cub for all the right reasons.

The builder shows up for a week of intense fabrication work — The Legend Cub continues to be built from the industry’s best parts making them reliable, available, familiar and affordable. Assembly preempts fabrication and, ultimately, if custom parts are not redefining the standard, they will become obsolete.

Power and a great wing — This is what makes a Cub a true Cub, and a Legend.

The rear seat sling — Making it a single-seat aircraft.

Do you feel that a builder who has invested just a couple of weeks in the build is really qualified to hold the repairman certificate and do the annual condition inspection? There has not yet been a builder who has gone through the program and requested a repairman’s certificate. They all understand the limitations of this kind of building. If a builder does ask, policy is to discourage it — A quick-build program in its true sense is for “education and recreation.” Above all it is to remove limitations and to enable the owner/operator with more tools at his/her disposal. This includes the ability to perform routine maintenance and repairs.

Apples to apples, the premium for the FX airplane will be about $70,000 over an EX with the same equipment — Their extreme Cub comes at an extreme price.