CubCrafters’ XCub Earns Approvals in Canada and Japan

Aug. 29, 2018
The XCub, has secured type certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).

Yakima, Washington – August 30, 2018: CubCrafters announced that its top-of-the-line aircraft, the XCub, has secured type certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). The approval allows the company to begin deliveries of both land and seaplane versions of the aircraft to Canadian buyers immediately. A Type Certificate was also issued for the XCub by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), and the first XCub delivery has already landed there.

CubCrafters obtained FAA Type Certification for the XCub in June of 2016. Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) followed in April of this year, thereby clearing the way for XCub to enter into service on the European register. "XCub is finding an ever-larger audience in international markets,” said Brad Damm, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CubCrafters. “The growing list of approvals for the XCub from international aviation authorities is an important part of our plan to expand the market reach of the CubCrafters product line. With delivery commitments for new XCubs now on five of seven continents, there is world-wide interest in the utility, safety, and best-in-class STOL performance that our aircraft offer.”

“These approvals of the XCub Type Certificate are proof of exceptional effort and cooperation between TCCA, JCAB, FAA, and CubCrafters,” said Pat Horgan, President of CubCrafters. “The commitment from all stakeholders makes this a fine example of how the bilateral validation agreement between the U.S and international agencies should work. I’m extremely grateful to the FAA, TCCA, JCAB, and to my own team here at CubCrafters.”


XCub is a two-seat (tandem) single-engine, piston, high-wing aircraft intended for off-airport operations. XCub is lighter, faster and stronger than any aircraft in its category. Like all CubCrafters aircraft, XCub delivers superb short takeoff and landing (STOL) performance. XCub also provides a larger payload and greater range. Combined, these attributes fulfill a much wider mission profile compared to any other aircraft in this class. For more information about XCub, visit For information about purchasing the XCub in Canada, Japan, or other international markets, contact [email protected].


CubCrafters, founded in 1980 by current owner and CEO, Jim Richmond, is located at McAllister Field Airport (YKM) in Yakima, WA. CubCrafters’ roots are in the 70-year history of classic taildragger aviation, but its products and services are innovative and completely modern.

CubCrafters designs and manufactures Experimental, LSA, and Part 23 Certified aircraft. The Carbon Cub family has redefined expectations of “backcountry aircraft” with its light weight, powerful engines, and breathtaking performance. The company’s newest introductions, the Carbon Cub EX-3, an E-AB kit, and FX-3, an addition to CubCrafters’ clever Factory eXperimental builder assist program, further advance Carbon Cub performance. The flagship XCub substantially expands the mission profile of sport utility aircraft with its higher speed, longer range and larger payload.