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On a Mission to Craft a STOL Sensation: The Yooper Cub 2.0 Build Unveiled

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On a Mission to Craft a STOL Sensation: The Yooper Cub 2.0 Build Unveiled

By Anitra Goddard, Thursday, January 25, 2024, STOLNation

The heartbeat of aviation innovation beats strong in Hangar 27 in Escanaba, Michigan, as a groundbreaking project is taking shape. Rick Ness, a seasoned pilot with a passion for pushing the boundaries of flight, is leading the construction of the Yooper Cub 2.0 – a machine that promises to be cutting-edge in the world of STOL and experimental aircraft.

The foundation of Yooper Cub 2.0 is a Javron PA-18 fuselage with extended wings, setting the stage for a truly extraordinary aircraft. However, what sets this build apart is not just the choice of base kit, but the meticulous attention to detail in the use of advanced materials. Carbon fiber, titanium, and a selection of lightweight components are being integrated into every inch of this aircraft, creating a super cub with unparalleled performance potential. It is uncertain just how light this powerhouse of a cub will be, but Ness and his team are confident she's going to be a big performer.

"With the Yooper 2.0 build, it is my goal to be competitive with the likes of Jay Standford, Brian Steck and Keith Lange (all competitors in the National STOL Series Adventure Class)" - Rick Ness

The heartbeat of Yooper 2.0 is a Continental Titan 0370, a powerful engine that serves as the nucleus of this high-performance aircraft. Enhanced with high horsepower and lightweight modifications, this cub is poised to be a game-changer in the world of Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) in competition and the backcountry, alike.

Learning from the experiences gained during the creation of Yooper 1.0, Rick Ness and the skilled team of experimental aircraft engineers and builders at AaL Industries Aviation LLC are on a mission to craft a Javron PA18 that stands head and shoulders above the rest. This is not just an upgrade; it's a leap forward into uncharted territory.

The Yooper Cub 2.0 build is not just a technical feat; it's a testament to years of flying experience, passion for aviation, and a commitment to pushing the boundaries. With nearly 700 off-airport hours logged, including a daring 5-week journey to the Yukon, Alaska, and back in 2019, Rick Ness's dedication to the craft is evident in every rivet and fiber of this aircraft.

As the project progresses, stay tuned for exclusive pictures and in-depth insights into the  Yooper Cub 2.0


Yooper 1.0

Rick's Yooper 1.0 on skis and ready for some winter airport shenanigans. 
Rick's Yooper 1.0 on skis and ready for some winter airport shenanigans. 

In the meantime be sure to find Rick on Instagram and Facebook to follow along on all of his backcountry adventures and shenanigans in his Yooper 1.0! If you want to learn more details about Yooper 1.0 check out Rick’s profile on STOLNation

About Rick Ness

Rick Ness, born and raised in Escanaba, Michigan, is not merely a pilot but a visionary in the aviation world. With 20 years of flying experience, he has primarily piloted his Experimental Super Cub over the last 5 years. Rick has logged nearly 700 hours in off-airport environments, including a notable 5-week trip to the Yukon, Canada, and Alaska in the summer of He has also participated in multiple STOL Events at New Holstein, WI, and the STOL invitational at EAA Oshkosh, WI. The aircraft he flew in 2019 took 5 years to build in the garage at his house in Ford River, MI.

Co-owner of Roy Ness Contracting & Sales Inc., his passion for flying is deeply rooted in his upbringing. With two pilot brothers and a sister-in-law who is a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) and former regional airport manager, aviation is a family affair for the Ness clan.


Anitra Goddard

Founder, STOLNation 

Chairman, SUN 'n FUN STOL

Anitra Goddard, A Trailblazer In The World Of Short Takeoff And Landing (Stol) Aviation, Is The Visionary Founder Of STOLNation. With A Rich Background In Aviation And Extensive Experience As An Events Coordinator, Anitra's Journey In The Stol Industry Is Nothing Short Of Extraordinary.
Anitra Goddard, A Trailblazer In The World Of Short Takeoff And Landing (Stol) Aviation, Is The Visionary Founder Of STOLNation. With A Rich Background In Aviation And Extensive Experience As An Events Coordinator, Anitra's Journey In The Stol Industry Is Nothing Short Of Extraordinary.