Yakima, Washington – February 11, 2015: Backcountry aircraft manufacturer CubCrafters has announced the appointment of two new Certified Sales Centers: SWT Aviation Northeast will cover the Northeastern United States, and SunCountry Cubs will support states in the southwest. SWT and SunCountry are now the exclusive authorized dealers in their respective territories for new and pre-owned CubCrafters aircraft, including the Sport Cub S2 and Carbon Cub SS LSA models, as well as the Part 23 certified Top Cub.
SWT Aviation Northeast is a new subsidiary of SWT Aviation, one of CubCrafters’ most experienced sales centers. Based at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Red Hook, New York, the new company’s territory includes Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. With this expansion, SWT Aviation now serves all of the eastern states from Florida to Maine.
Chip Allen, President of SWT Aviation, began working with CubCrafters in 2009 as one of their first independent dealers. “When the opportunity to extend our territory with CubCrafters was presented, we grabbed it,” Allen says. “Investing with CubCrafters is a no-brainer!” Allen quickly hired Clay Hammond to run SWT’s new sales arm. As a known authority of backcountry aircraft, and CubCrafters taildraggers in particular, Hammond has logged over 5,500 flight hours in more than 88 different aircraft. Allen comments, “We’re confident that our northeastern customers are in good hands.”
Rick Bosshardt is Principal at SunCountry Cubs in Mesa, Arizona. SunCountry serves the four-state region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, plus southern Wyoming. Though Bosshardt has enjoyed more than 24 years in the pilot’s seat, he is a relatively new member of the CubCrafters family. “I took my first flight in a Carbon Cub late in 2012,” Bosshardt remembers, “and I thought to myself, ’I have to have one of these!’” For Rick, owning the aircraft was not enough. He wanted to share the experience. “Many remember Victor Kiam’s famous catchphrase, ‘I liked the product so much, I bought the company,’” Bosshardt says as he chuckles, “Well, I bought the sales center!” SunCountry was previously owned and operated by Jeff Baber, who relocated to St. Louis to open Innovation Aircraft Sales, another CubCrafters Certified Sales Center.
“Rick’s energetic enthusiasm for CubCrafters aircraft is contagious,” comments Randy Lervold, President of CubCrafters. “Rick has already organized four fly-ins and three STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) competitions. Building community is a priority at CubCrafters, and Rick’s penchant for gathering like-minded pilots is just one of the attributes that earned him the CSC appointment.”
“The CubCrafters owner experience will always be our primary concern”, Lervold continues. “Our dealers must provide a high level of customer service by virtue of their deep experience with the product line. Both SWT Aviation Northeast and SunCountry Cubs have demonstrated familiarity, know-how, and professionalism. We’re proud to welcome both companies into our network of Certified Sales Centers.
Information about all of the CubCrafters Certified Sales Centers can be found at cubcrafters.com/csc
Founded in 1980, CubCrafters manufactures a line of backcountry aircraft inspired by the 80-year history of classic taildragger aviation, but the company’s products and services are leading edge.
CubCrafters offers three new, ready-to-fly aircraft. The Sport Cub S2 and Carbon Cub SS lead all American light sport aircraft in performance and sales. The Top Cub, with a useful load of over 1000 lbs., is the most capable two-place personal and utility aircraft in its class. CubCrafters also offers their Carbon Cub in a kit version, the Carbon Cub EX.
For more information, visit cubcrafters.com