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In what ap­pears to be a first since the FAA put forth the re­vised ver­sion of Part 23 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards, Cubcrafters has re­ceived the green light from the FAA to in­stall Garmin’s G3X touch­screen PFD/ MFD glass com­bi­na­tion along with a dig­i­tal au­topi­lot, de­signed for the Ex­per­i­men­tal mar­ket, into the re­cently Part 23-cer­ti­fied Xcub. The ap­proval has re­sulted in a re­vi­sion to the Xcub’s type cer­tifi­cate, and the new avionics will be avail­able on the 2018 Xcub mod­els, first sched­uled for de­liv­ery in Jan­uary.

“Garmin’s G3X Touch 10-inch flight dis­play is an over­whelm­ing fa­vorite of Car­bon Cub buy­ers, and it is a per­fect match for the Xcub as well,” said Cubcrafters’ Pres­i­dent Randy Ler­vold.

While the FAA has al­ready shown a will­ing­ness to ap­prove non-tso’d safety equip­ment, such as an­gle of at­tack and backup in­stru­ments, for use in Part 23 air­planes, the Xcub type-cer­tifi­cate re­vi­sion pro­vides ap­proval for non-tso’d pri­mary flight in­stru­men­ta­tion. While the new panel would pro­vide a ca­pa­ble IFR pack­age, the Xcub is not cer­ti­fied for flight in the clouds. Ex­per­i­men­tal avionics pro­vide near-iden­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion as cer­ti­fied avionics at a frac­tion of the price. “The FAA’S new risk-based cer­ti­fi­ca­tion phi­los­o­phy will al­low buy­ers of new cer­ti­fied air­planes to en­joy high-per­for­mance panel choices at prices that were un­think­able be­fore to­day,” said Cubcrafters’ founder and CEO Jim Rich­mond.

The G3X op­tion adds $19,990 to the $317,500 base price, which in­cludes, among other things, Garmin’s GTX 335R ADS-B Out transpon­der, pro­vid­ing com­pli­ance for the 2020 ADS-B man­date. The au­topi­lot adds an­other $6,990 to the fi­nal price tag.

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