• J3-Cub.com is the largest community of J3-Cub pilots, owners and enthusiasts. With over 1000 active members, we have fostered a vibrant community and extensive knowledge base. J3-Cub.com hosts a library of over 13 years of technical discussions, J3 data, tutorials, plane builds, guides, technical manuals and more. J3-Cub.com also hosts an extensive library of J3-Cub photos.

    Access to the J3-Cub.com community is by subscription only. Membership is only $49.99/year or $6.99/month to gain access to this community and extensive unmatched library of knowledge.

    Click Here to Become a Subscribing Member

    You will also get two J3-Cub decals as well!

A Good Day for the Cub :-)

This site may earn a commission from merchant affiliate links, including eBay, Amazon, and others.


Well-Known Member
Apr 27, 2012
Reaction score
Might recall a post back in early May which was "A Bad Day for the Cub" wherein unnoticed on preflight or even after the annual insp, the throttle cable came loose on the clamp on the engine mount. The result was a runaway engine (and plane) that then slammed into my neighbors hangar door.

Run the clock forward 5 months....yes -- FIVE months of which 4 1/2 were at an engine shop getting the A-65 torn apart, inspections, new/replacement parts, and assembly and a week or so collecting last minute parts to hang it back on the plane and getting A&P / IA sign-offs done. While apart anyways, I just decided to go with O SMOH as there were several things beyond damage from the prop strike that needed attention sooner or later. (2200 hrs on original internals) I have no idea why it took that long. Just seemed like I got the run around after 6 weeks or so from the shop with promises not kept, so wasn't to happy about that.

So, after a few brief run-ups doing final checks, then waiting till I had a good day; light wind, little airport traffic and light winds aloft the day came to take it up for the first test flight. I chronicled the flight with a GoPro. I figured if things went well, it would be nice to make a short "it's back video". On the other hand, had things not gone well at all, the NTSB may have had a valuable tool for investigation :-\

Happy to report the latter did not occur.

Having missed the entire spring and summer flying season, I am happy to be aloft again, albeit with the door closed and cooler weather, darker earlier, and waiting out the winter. (which isn't all that bad in N Central TX)

So...here's a peak at a few clips of the first flight since late last April.


Latest posts