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.