Savvy companies find a way through even the worst of economic times. *** Case in point: CubCrafters will deliver its 200th LSA (see Update below). *** The Yakima, Washington-based LSA maker can thus secure bragging rights for being the top US-made producer of ASTM-certified Light Sport Aircraft eclipsing its Cub clone rival American Legend out of Texas, which has led the pack for some time. Coming just a couple days before Sebring’s US Sport Aviation Expo kickoff on Thursday, the forecast should be welcome to industry watchers and potential buyers eager for a cheerier outlook. *** The company offers two Cubalikes: the Sport Cub S2 (100hp) and the Carbon Cub SS (180hp, and what a climbout monster it is!) *** The company started up in 1980 and recently added 15,000 square feet of space to its manufacturing facility. *** And yes, they are a-hirin’. *** Keep up the good work, you guys!
Update 1/17/12 — We will soon report year-long market share numbers and can confirm a strong 2011 performance by CubCrafters. Our figures may be somewhat different as we count only FAA registrations not “deliveries” or “sales.” Also note that the Yakima company has not yet delivered #200 but plans to do so in February. These comparisons take nothing away from CubCrafters but may help explain the differences in reported numbers. —DJ