Rod Kellogg and Haley Howard were nice enough to host me for an aviation vacation over Christmas Break. Over the trip, we had some pretty fun flights – Here are a few highlights from flying the Carbon Cub:


It’s no secret that being a pilot and flying with friends is one of the most fun things you can ever do. This is why:

1.) Flying Low Down The Beach

In the summer, flying down the beach at low altitude (we’re talking 10-20 feet) is made impossible by numerous birds, parasailing boats, banner towers, and people in the water. We flew West at about 120 mph 10-20 feet above the water from Gulf Shores down the coast to Fort Morgan. Along the way, when I saw a large group of people on the beach, I would do a little airshow for them and put the Carbon Cub into a max-performance climb (a pitch attitude of more than 45 degrees).

2.) Flying Around Oil Rigs

We flew the CC about 10 miles offshore to a large group of BP Oil Rigs to do some fly-bys for the workers on deck. It was crazy to be flying lower than the height of the rigs. The workers loved it and were all out on the railings waving and taking pictures.

3.) High Altitude Flying And 7 MPH Groundspeed

We climbed the CC up to an altitude near 15,000 feet for a few minutes to try to find stiff winds so we could “fly backwards” with a negative groundspeed. The winds weren’t as strong as forecasted, so we could only get the plane to a 7 mph groundspeed – that’s still flying as fast as you jog! Even though we didn’t go negative, the views from that high up were pretty amazing.

4.) Zero Gravity Fun

It’s easy to get a zero-gravity experience in a small airplane. You pitch down in a slight descent, climb to a speed near the yellow arc, pitch up, and (without loosing too much speed) rapidly pitch down to get negative G’s. We brought M&Ms with us one day to try to catch them while we were in Zero-G flight (Haley was the only one who caught one!). Just be careful to not stall out the engine – After doing this a few times, the engine of the Cub began to run roughly because during that maneuver, it is difficult for fuel to reach the engine.  

Thanks Haley and Rod for making my first few experiences in the Carbon Cub so fun!

-Swayne Martin
Twitter: @MartinsAviation


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9 Responses

      • Dan

        Please let me know if you are interested in coming out to the Pacific NW again? I am sure we can work something out for you to try both the Diesel and gas versions of the Sportsman in both the Tail wheel and Tri-cycle landing gear configurations. We’ll take you from landing in creek beds, real over water flying into the steep elevations surrounding the Cascade and Olympic Mountains! Everything about Glasair Aviation’s Sportsman is centered on “Performance & Adventure!!!”

      • Swayne Martin


        Thanks for letting me know! I love the Pacific NW and hope I’ll be back up there sometime soon. I will make sure to send you an email if I’m ever in the area.

        Thank you!

  1. Mark

    I flew a J+3 backword once after an annual inspection , ( Cubs are the only airplane I insist on flying after a annual, first solo was in a Cub. still my favorite.)
    My brother said it was the neatest thing he ever saw!


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