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Bushbaby vs Cubby

Unread post by flyfano » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:11 am

Hi everyone

Looking for some advice regarding a cubby vs bushbaby. i know this is the bushbaby forum, but i noticed a lot of people has flown both.

This is for the tail dragger version. I will be using it for game counting etc on my farm and it will be used for training in a flight school when i do not use it.

Q 1:how do the running cost compare
Q 2:How do they compare in performance especially in hot and high conditions
Q3: which one is the easiest to fly especially when it comes to ab-initio training

thanks in advance for everyone's advise

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Re: Bushbaby vs Cubby

Unread post by Multirotordronepilot » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:01 am

In my opinion the Bushbaby is the better option in performance but when it comes to cost it depends largely on what type of engine you choose. And the options or rather the range in cost is actually frightening.

I'm not aware of an ATO with a Cubby on their books but if there is it would be great to hear what the feedback is like.
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Re: Bushbaby vs Cubby

Unread post by Flooi » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:20 pm

Bushbaby can be had with variety of engines. Which one?
Bushbaby different weights. Which one?
Which has the best and more freely backup for maintenance?
Side by side or tandem? Which is your choice?
One has flaps. The other not. Important when using short fields.
One is probably more pricey.
Which one will resell better?
Both are good choices if well looked after, low hours and well priced. Very personal choice...
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Re: Bushbaby vs Cubby

Unread post by stefan » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:59 pm

We just have to be clear, are you generalizing by calling all KFA products Bushbabies or are you referring to the specific model Bushbaby produced by KFA? If the latter then it will be a personal choice, like Flooi said, engine, side by side, luggage capacity, range etc etc.

I we are talking about the latest Explorers or Safar's then it's a different ball game altogether. It would be like comparing a 1990 model car with a 2018 one. Same brand but totally different product with different certification specs etc etc.
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Re: Bushbaby vs Cubby

Unread post by flyfano » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:02 pm

The aircraft that i talk about is mostly the older models, not the new bushbabys

okey do understand. at the end of the day its all about own preference.

thanks for the input
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Re: Bushbaby vs Cubby

Unread post by stefan » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:57 pm

flyfano wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:02 pm
The aircraft that i talk about is mostly the older models, not the new bushbabys
Ok so you are looking for a Bushbaby and not Explorer or Safari.
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Re: Bushbaby vs Cubby

Unread post by flyfano » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:49 pm

yes. just a bushbaby :D
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Re: Bushbaby vs Cubby

Unread post by Jean Crous » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:02 am

I happen to own and fly both a Bushbaby, and a Cubby MK2. Comparing them is not entirely fair as this is the new Cubby MK2 with enclosed engine cowls, different tailgroup, taller main gear and a Rotax 912 engine, and solo flown from the front seat.
That being said, I take off and land both in the same distance. Flying , the Bushbaby is SN2 which is not comparable to the later models with the handling being rather "twitchy" as some pilots have said. The Cubby is very well balanced on the controls, as the later Bushbaby also is. Speed is pretty much the same.
I think it comes down to a tandem versus side-by-side personal preferance . Game counting a tandem would be better, for training a side-by-side is better,........choices ....choices..... :?
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