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Pilot Medical Issue – Carbon Cub LSA to the rescue – Flight + Kit Plane Build

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And here are some more details about Chip and CUb Crafters:

Chip Allen, President of SWT Aviation, has been the CubCrafters Dealer for the southeast since 2006.  We were recently “awarded” the northeast territory, so we now cover everything from Maine to Florida and as far west as Mississippi. We have a salesman based at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York who covers the northeast states for us, and a salesman in south Florida covering the entire state of Florida.

CubCrafters builds an airplane every 4 1/2 business days, so we sell about 60 airplanes a year. If you ordered a factory built airplane today, we would schedule the delivery for about 8-10 weeks. When ordering one of our EX-2 Kits, the crate will be delivered to you within 3-4 weeks, and you can begin building your dream airplane.

We also have a very unique Builder Assist program where you can go out to the factory in Yakima, WA, and spend 5 days building the parts to your airplane. Those parts will have your name on them, and they will go down the factory assembly line just like every other airplane on the line, but when it’s all said and done, your name will be on the data plate because you will have completed 51% of the build. You can certify this airplane to an 1,865 lbs. gross weight (Not an LSA) and have more useful load than the traditional Carbon Cub (1,320 lbs. gross weight; but you can fly it without a medical). This airplane is called the Carbon Cub FX.


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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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