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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.