In April of this year CubCrafters received notification from the Federal Aviation Administration that their National Kit Evaluation Team had completed its evaluation of CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX-3 amateur-built aircraft kit.
Completion of their evaluation means the FAA has reviewed and approved the Carbon Cub EX-3 and that the aircraft has been added to the list of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits that satisfy the majority build requirement (commonly referred to as the 51% rule) on the FAA website. The EX-3 joins the original Carbon Cub EX kits on the list, which the FAA provides as a service to prospective aircraft builders researching kit options.
“This is really good news,” says Mitch Travis, CubCrafters’ Kit Program Manager. “It affirms that the majority of the Carbon Cub EX-3 kit construction is undertaken by the builder – a key part of the definition of an amateur-built aircraft.” He continues, “Our customers can have confidence that even though the EX-3 is one of the most complete kits and quickest assemblies of any two place tandem STOL aircraft offered in the industry, it truly meets the intent of the rules for building E-AB aircraft.
The Carbon Cub EX-3 is the kit version of the company’s popular builder-assist version of the aircraft, the Carbon Cub FX-3. It features an extraordinary thrust-to-weight ratio, thanks to the extensive use of lightweight composites, coupled with a 186-horsepower fuel-injected engine. The result is phenomenal short-field performance, a climb rate of 2,400 fpm, and exceptional handling.
The Carbon Cub EX-3 can be certified up to 2,000 pounds gross weight.