Javron Cub Double Take

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One of the dangers of walking through AirVenture is the possibility of whiplash as you suddenly see something out of the corner of your eye and do a double take. “What the heck….” Your brain says, as you try to understand what you are seeing. In this case, we were passing by the Javron booth when it happened – what looked like a standard pre-welded Javron Cub fuselage suddenly showed itself to be more….much more!

Javron has supplied kits and parts for people who want to build a custom “cub-alike” aircraft for years. But this new fuselage is something very different—the seating is side-by-side instead of tandem. And there are two back seats as well. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr. Piper. The frame was fitted with a set of wings that included double-slotted Fowler flaps, and is designed for the large 4-cylinder Lycoming-style engines that can put out about 215 HP.

None have yet been finished or flown, but Javron reported that in addition to this prototype, they have orders from five customers, so we look forward to seeing some four-place Cubs out there soon!

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Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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