About the Company
Jim Richmond is one of those fortunate people who have made a successful career of something they love. In Jim’s case, it’s a deep appreciation of an iconic airplane: The Piper Super Cub. Back in 1980, after a thorough fact-finding trip to Alaska (where the Super Cub is a favorite bush plane), Jim made the decision to sell his home insulation business and switch to rebuilding Super Cubs thus CubCrafters was born. From the beginning, what distinguished Jim’s vision was his ability to recognize the potential performance that he believed had never been fully developed in the Super Cub. An innovative engineer as well as an accomplished Airframe and Power Plant mechanic, Jim was constantly on the lookout for interesting modifications and refinements. This effort led him to developing a community of like-minded enthusiasts by publishing the Super Cub Newsletter and other activities. Over the next two decades, Jim’s ambition evolved, and CubCrafters began building new airplanes – airplanes greatly improved from the original Super Cub. Stronger. Safer. Easier to fly. In 1997, We expanded the manufacturing facilities adjacent Yakima’s McAllister Field Airport. A few years later we introduced our first Type Certified aircraft, the Top Cub. The response from the aviation community was sensational. More recently, upon creation of the Light Sport Aircraft class, a 100-horsepower Sport Cub and our phenomenal 180 hp Carbon Cub SS were introduced. In 2016 we launched the all new Part 23 Certified XCub pushing the Cub platform even further. And Jim? He’s still owner and Chairman, and still actively involved in finding ways to make the Cub ever better.