Zlin Savage Cub

The Zlin Savage Cub is one of a series of light sport aircraft similar in construction to the Piper Cub.[1][2][3]

Zlin Savage iCub on floats
Role light sport aircraft
National origin Czech Republic
Manufacturer Zlin Aviation

Design and development

The Zlin Savage Cub series are strut-braced, high-wing aircraft with conventional landing gear. The fuselage is constructed with welded steel tubing. The wings are constructed with aluminum spars and wing ribs with aircraft fabric covering. Fuel is stored in two wing root tanks. The control surfaces use aluminum skins.[1][2][3]

The design is an accepted Federal Aviation Administration special light-sport aircraft under the marketing names of Savage, Classic, Cruiser, Cub, iCub, Cub S, Bobber, Nomad and Outback.[4]


Savage Classic
Base model for the US light-sport aircraft category. Engines are the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL, the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS, 85 hp (63 kW) Jabiru 2200 or the 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 turbocharged four-stroke aircraft engine.[2][3]
Savage Cruiser
Modified windshield, windows, fuselage bottom.
Savage Cub
Zlin Savage modified with Piper Super Cub appearance and features, with optional tundra tires.[2]
Savage Bobber
A Savage Cub with an uncovered open-frame fuselage designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules including a maximum gross weight of 472.5 kg (1,042 lb). The baggage compartment is a fabric or leather bag strapped to the airframe.[2][3]
Savage Cub S
Extended fuselage and larger tail surfaces. Multiple engine installations from 100 to 180 hp (75 to 134 kW). The 180 hp (134 kW) Titan Stroker IO-340 powerplant was introduced 2013.[5]

Specifications (Zlin Savage)

Data from manufacturer

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1
  • Length: 6.39 m (21 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.31 m (30 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 14.2 m2 (153 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: Modified NACA 4412
  • Empty weight: 288 kg (635 lb)
  • Gross weight: 560 kg (1,235 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 64 litres (14 imp gal; 17 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912UL Four cylinder horizontally opposed piston, 60 kW (80 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 188 km/h (117 mph, 102 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 170 km/h (110 mph, 92 kn)
  • Stall speed: 62 km/h (39 mph, 33 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 205 km/h (127 mph, 111 kn)
  • Range: 720 km (450 mi, 390 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,400 m (14,400 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 4.8 m/s (940 ft/min)


  1. "Zlin Aviation". Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  2. Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 85. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, pages 88-89. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  4. Federal Aviation Administration (26 September 2016). "SLSA Make/Model Directory". Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  5. "New Powerful Cub LSA Coming". Retrieved 22 July 2013.
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