CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS

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CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS
Carbon Cub SS
Role Light-sport aircraft
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer CubCrafters
Introduction 2007 Alaska State Aviation Trade Show and Conference
Unit cost
From $172,990 (2012)[1]
Developed from CubCrafters CC11-100 Sport Cub S2, Piper Cub.

The CubCrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS is an ASTM certified light-sport aircraft based on the Piper Cub. It is modernized, with light-weight carbon fiber components and a 180 hp engine.


An early S3 Carbon Cub on tundra tires

The Carbon Cub SS was originally named the "CubCrafters Super Sport Cub".[2] In order to maintain certification under American Light Sport Aircraft limitations the maximum takeoff power is limited to five minutes.


The Carbon Cub SS uses a carbon fiber spinner and air-induction scoop. The Carbon Cub weighs 250 lbs less than a Piper Super Cub.[3] The carbon cowling weighs six pounds.[4] The fuselage is welded 4130 tube steel with fabric covering. The wings are fitted with vortex generators for low-speed flight control. Some models use a partial color on silver base coat paint job that weighs 7 lbs less than an all-color paint job.

The CC340 engine is a Lycoming O-360 based engine developed with Eci using dual electronic ignition and Eci O-320 cylinders.[4] The engine is rated at 5 gallons per hour at the 80 hp cruise setting.


CubCrafters CC11-100 Sport Cub S2
An O-200 powered LSA variant [5]
CubCrafters Carbon Cub EX
An experimental kit variant of the Carbon Cub SS with a gross weight of 1,865 lb (846 kg).[6]

Specifications (Carbon Cub SS)[edit]

Carbon Cub SS under maintenance

Data from Flying

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 22.75 ft (6.93 m)
  • Wingspan: 34.25 ft (10.44 m)
  • Height: 9.25 ft (2.82 m)
  • Wing area: 171.9 sq ft (15.97 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 5.2-1
  • Airfoil: USA35(B)
  • Empty weight: 932 lb (423 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,320 lb (599 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 24 gallons
  • Powerplant: 1 × CC340 Horizontally opposed piston engine., 180 hp (130 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed CATTO composite propeller


  • Maximum speed: 123 kn; 227 km/h (141 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 104 kn; 193 km/h (120 mph)
  • Stall speed: 27 kn; 50 km/h (31 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 17,999 ft (5,486 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,100 ft/min (11 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 7.37 lb/sq ft (36.0 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 7.33 per hp


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  2. ^ "CubCrafters Super Sport Cub Becomes Carbon Cub SS". Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "King Kong "Little" Cub". Plane and Pilot. August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "The Carbon Cub SS". Flying. October 2010. 
  5. ^ autopilot. December 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 49. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851