Yakima, Washington based CubCrafters has announced that the company has obtained a
Validation of Type Certification (VTC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for
its CC18-180 Top Cub model. The VTC was issued October 18, 2012 allowing the Top Cub to be
imported and operated in China.
CubCrafters began extending its reach internationally with the company’s first deliveries of its
new, manufactured aircraft to Canada in 2009, then Australia in 2010. In 2012 they established
their first Certified Sales Center in Europe. Now CubCrafters is poised to sell aircraft into
China’s emerging civil aviation market. “We’ve always maintained a global market perspective,”
comments Randy Lervold, Cubcrafters’ General Manager. “Our recent increases in engineering
resources, along with improved manufacturing capacity have allowed us to push beyond
domestic sales and develop markets abroad.”
The Top Cub is CubCrafters’ Part 23 Certified aircraft, originally inspired by the classic Super
Cub. Benefitting from decades of improvements to the PA-18 airframe, and incorporating the
company’s own Super Cub STCs into the design, the Top Cub is a classic back-country airplane.
With a gross weight of 2,300 lbs. the Top Cub features a useful load of 1,100 lbs., making it the
most capable two-seat personal and utility aircraft in its class.
CubCrafters is located in Yakima, Washington and was founded in 1980 by current owner Jim Richmond. In 2007, CubCrafters was issued a FAA Production Certificate and is currently the only aircraft manufacturer in the nation to produce both standard category and light sport category aircraft under an FAA-approved quality assurance program. CubCrafters' roots are in the 60-year history of classic "taildragger" aviation, but its products and services are clearly at the leading edge of technology.
CubCrafters offers three all new, ready-to-fly aircraft: The SPORT CUB S2 is a thoroughly updated redesign of the classic airplane that inspired the light sport category. The CARBON CUB SS is a stronger and more powerful version of the S2, with 180 horsepower available for take-off and climb, making it the most powerful LSA aircraft in production. The TOP CUB boasts a useful load of over 1000 pounds, making it among the most capable two-place personal and utility aircraft available. CubCrafters also offers the CARBON CUB EX, the lightest, most complete and best engineered Cub kit available.
Cub Crafters, Inc.
1918 South 16th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98903