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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3112 times:

Has anyone else heard the rumor that the Piper Cub will return to production now that sport pilot is on its way?

Heard it from a friend, so I can't say I know of any basis for it, but it sure would be cool.

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User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

I highly doubt that Piper will start building new cubs, but below is a company that rebuild and builds new Super Cubs, and a kit of the original J-3 Cub.

Cub Crafters builds new Super Cubs under the label Top Cub, I hear they are pretty good:

There is also a company called Daytona Cub (based at Spruce Creek, well at least when I lived in Daytona they were). They don't appear to have a website, but I have seen them at Sun n Fun.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Anyone who believes that Cubs are for rookie pilots has never flown a Cub.

The Cub was far more expensive to build than was the Cherokee. Real skill in welding up that tubular steel frame. Dope and fabric work is a dying art, and very much labor intensive.

If Piper was to launch a new low-end inexpensive aircraft it would more likely resemble a Rutan creation than a Cub. It would almost certainly be of new materials and methods.

And if anyone is going to build new "Cubs" it would likely be for patrol and spotting and that sort of work, which the existing Cub population has drifted into.

[Edited 2004-07-23 23:34:22]

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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8530 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3037 times:

When Piper relaunched the Super Cub line in the 90's, they never made a profit on it.

There already is a quite nice Cub aircraft that will be offered as an LSA (it's already certified in the primary category).

Rans S-7S Courier

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30414 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

That is not a Cub  Pissed

I think some of the Super Cubs up here with bust the weight limit for the license by the time you fit them out with 180 horses, 36 inch mainwheels, larger fuel tanks ect ect ect.

But if you want to dropt he 70 bucks on the Wag-Aero Cub plans, and stick 75 horse in the nose, it should work out really well.

Only problem I have with Cub vs. Super Cubs is that you fly the former out of the back seat.

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