CubCrafters has just come out with a what they call a Discovery Kit, which is designed to allow potential Carbon Cub builders a chance to see if they can get comfortable with fabric covering before committing to the whole kit. The Discovery Kit costs $995 and includes an actual Carbon Cub EX-2 rudder and all the the materials and chemicals needed to cover it. Continue reading "Carbon Cub Discovery Kit"
Lancair originally introduced their Evolution kit with either a Pratt & Whitney PT-6 engine or the Lycoming TEO-540 piston engine. However, as they began selling the turbine-powered kits the piston program got put on the back burner. Now they are reviving the piston-powered version of their flagship airplane at a substantial cost saving over the turbine model. Continue reading "Piston-Powered Evolution"
Continental ECi engines has responded to the call to produce a stroked 360 engine with a counterweighted crankshaft. Their new 370 series engines are available with this option. This should prevent the vibration problems that were common in the higher-compression versions of their popular 370 series engines that resulted in a number of propeller problems. The engine, based on a stroked version of their parallel valve 360 cubic inch engine, has been popular with those builders who were looking for some extra power but didn’t want the extra weight of the 200 horsepower angle valve engine. No longer should those builders have to sacrifice a wide choice of propellers to get some extra power out of their engine. Continue reading "Continental ECi Shows Off Counterweighted 370 Engine Series"
CubCrafters now offers an option for a BRS ballistic recovery chute, much the same as the one found in every new Cirrus. The new BRS installation was on display in the CubCrafters' booth at Sun 'n Fun so prospective customers and builders could get a good look at it. The package available for the kit version of the Carbon Cub EX-2 adds 43.5 pounds to the empty weight and costs $11,950. The BRS system can also be retrofitted on existing Carbon Cubs. Continue reading "CubCrafters BRS Chute"
Garmin chose Sun 'n Fun 2016 to introduce their new EFIS unit that can serve well as a backup display for airspeed, altimeter, artificial horizon, vertical speed, slip/skid ball, and HSI. Heading information must come from another source, or as a stand-alone unit GPS ground track will be displayed instead of magnetic heading. Its 3.5-inch display will easily fit in most panels. I found it easy to use and was impressed with its suggested retail price of only $1200. Continue reading "Garmin G5 Mini/Backup EFIS"