Light aircraft designer and manufacturer CubCrafters has announced that, as of December 31, it has delivered 58 new airplanes during calendar 2012, a 23% increase over 2011, and more units than any year in the company’s history. CubCrafters’ 2012 deliveries are spread across their three models: Carbon Cub SS, Sport Cub S2, and Top Cub. In addition to these ready-to-fly planes, the company has also shipped 24 of their Carbon Cub EX kits in 2012, another record.
The increase in deliveries required a commensurate increase in production. The company invested in a major expansion of their
FAA-certified manufacturing facility, adding a 15,000 square foot weld and CNC machine shop during the year. The move allowed expanded research and development resources and a larger parts department.
“We’ve come a long way during the past few years,” says Randy Lervold, CubCrafters General Manager. “Despite the economic climate, we’ve managed to defy industry trends and set CubCrafters on a growth path. There’s certainly more work to be done, but we already expect to increase deliveries in 2013 to 66 aircraft.”
“We’ve tried to manage our growth carefully,” added CubCrafters President, Jim Richmond. “The market’s overwhelming reception of our Carbon Cub SS tempted us to add space and people quickly. Instead, we bumped production incrementally by increasing process efficiencies as much as possible. New orders continued to outpace capacity though, and our delivery backlog continued to extend further out. That’s when we made the decision to add the new weld and machine shop.”
CubCrafters continues to receive orders for their three models at a brisk pace. As of this date, the company is now booked well into 2013.
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