The newest offering in a Yakima company’s product line will be featured Saturday (Aug. 15) in our “unique airplane presentations and flying demonstrations” program. CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub FX will be shown by Brad Damm, the company’s direct sales manager.

Unlike other CubCrafters airplanes, the Carbon Cub FX is offered only through the company’s builder assist program, whereby new owners are involved in construction of the aluminum, steel and composite parts that make up the Carbon Cub.

In announcing the new product in June this year, Jim Richmond, company founder and CEO, said, “Instead of assisting your assembly of parts from a kit, CubCrafters’ technicians facilitate your fabrication of the parts themselves! Using our modern facilities and equipment, we will guide you through the fabrication process in an astonishingly short time. Then, CubCrafters will use your parts to assemble a factory-perfect Carbon Cub, complete with all the options that you choose!”

The program satisfies the Federal Aviation Adminstration Major Portion Rule (or “51% rule”): the builder completes more than half of the aircraft construction , the company said.

Carbon Cub FX is an extension of the company’s Carbon Cub EX-2 kit, which delivers the same performance as the ready-to-fly Carbon Cub, but may be certified up to 1,865 pounds gross weight, allowing a usable load over 900 pounds, the company said. For this program, the Carbon Cub FX is equipped with a 180-horsepower CC340 engine , long-range fuel tanks, extended baggage and 3×3 extended landing gear, which moves the axles three inches forward and adds three inches of height vs. stock landing gear.

Our showcase presentations are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and conclude by about noon. They begin with pilots giving a short talk about their planes, with spectators behind a rope crowd line, in keeping with Transportation Security Administration regulations. After pilots make a short demonstration flight, the rope line will be moved and spectators will be allowed to look at the planes up close and talk to the pilots. Airplanes leave the museum after the presentations.