Legend CubUS general aviation manufacturer American Legend Aircraft is claiming a successful first year, delivering 14 examples of its Legend Cub high wing all-metal aircraft.

The AL3C-100 open cowl and AL11C-100 closed cowl versions are based on the Piper J-3 Cub, redesigned to comply with the US sport pilot licence aircraft criteria. The Sulphur Springs, Texas-based company flew the prototype Legend Cub in March last year and received US Federal Aviation Administration certification on 21 July as a light-sport aircraft.

American Legend took its first order for the Legend Cub prior to the American Experimental Aircraft Association's Sun ‘n Fun air show in April last year and secured an additional seven orders at the show, the company says. It delivered 14 aircraft last year and says it requires additional facilities to cater for demand. Work will start this month on two new buildings, a 1,850m2 (20,000ft2) hangar and 4,650m2 customer delivery centre, doubling the company's facilities.

Tim Elliott, American Legend Aircraft president says: “The company has met, and exceeded in some cases, all customer commitments. In addition to being able to count 14 satisfied Legend Cub owners among our family of friends, we are extremely pleased with the company as a whole and the progress we have made in our first year of operation.”

The 75kW (100hp) Continental O–200-powered Legend Cub is a two-place, single-engine aircraft designed with an empty weight of 390kg (850lb).

Source: Flight International