CubCrafters Takes The Next Step To A Public Stock Offering


Can you buy a piece of a Cub for $5? Well, does a piece of the CubCrafters company count?

The self-described “light-sport, experimental, and backcountry aircraft company” has earned a “qualification” from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to make a $50 million dollar public stock offering—taking the company a step closer to officially going public. And, if you are interested in investing, you will have grab 80 of those shares—a minimum investment of $400.

CubCrafters expects its investors to include “fans, customers, aviation enthusiasts, the investment community, and the general public.” CubCrafters President and CEO Patrick Horgan said, “In just 90 days, we received reservations for more than $25 million of CubCrafters’ shares.”

Sprung from the grassroots DNA of W.T. Piper’s original Cub (who got an initial boost from C.G. Taylor, before he launched his own Taylorcraft—but I digress), CubCrafters was the brainchild of Jim Richmond in 1980 and has since retro-modded the basic format with modern cutting-edge technologies. According to the company, “The Carbon Cub family of aircraft redefined expectations for the backcountry flying experience with innovative design, modern materials, powerful engines and breathtaking performance. The flagship XCub is offered in both nosewheel and tailwheel configurations, and substantially expands the mission profile of sport utility aircraft with higher speed, longer range and larger payload.”

Mark Phelps
Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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  1. My first Cub ride was in the summer of 1950. I was 3 years old, 3 feet tall, and couldn’t see a dadgummed thing except the back of the front seat, and the light at the end of the tunnel. I knew 73 years ago that I was going to be a pilot.
    I got my Army discharge in ’69, met the girl of my dreams in ’70, and my ticket in ’71.
    Those were the days, my friends, those were the days.
    Fortunately, my service dog Gabby knows how to push right -or- left front foot, which makes it easier crabbing or slipping landings near Chicago (and all it takes is a pocket full of MilkBone treats!)