OUR STORY

Dakota Cub Aircraft has been a supplier of FAA/PMA’d parts since 1993 and continues to be a leading provider of high-quality direct-replacement parts for fabric-winged Piper aircraft. Originally specializing in wing rib manufacturing, Dakota Cub has expanded to support fabric-wing Pipers through full wing assemblies, numerous wing components, as well as cowls, firewalls, and other parts.

Dakota Cub strives to provide high-performance direct-replacement parts at fair prices to aircraft owners and operators. We hold multiple Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for improved parts such as our high-pressure brake master cylinders, high-flow/high-capacity gascolators, upgraded fuel selector valve (with left/right/both/off settings), high-visibility fuel sight gauges that can be read from front and rear seats, and our extended and slotted wings.

Our involvement with the backcountry aircraft community led to the incorporation of our leading edge slot wing on the certified Super 18-180, manufactured by Super 18 LLC. Having gained significant engineering knowledge during our cooperation with Super 18 LLC, we entered the experimental-amateur built aircraft kit business with three different models.

As a full-service aviation company, we are also an FAA-authorized repair station capable of repairs, rebuilds, and restorations.


OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS

MARK ERICKSON

FOUNDING PARTNER

Mark started Dakota Cub in 1993 during the construction of an experimental cub. He found that he, along with other builders, had a need for more affordable and readily available parts for the construction of such kits. Once he decided that he could build a better rib he sought FAA Approval so that his parts could also be sold as replacement parts for certified aircraft. Since that time Dakota Cub has produced more than 50,000 ribs supporting both the experimental and standard category market. Prior to starting Dakota Cub, Mark was, and still is, a highly skilled tool & die machinist. He also enjoys antique tractors and vintage steam powered tractors.


BRIAN MORFORD

PARTNER

Brian began working at Dakota Cub in 2006 and has since learned the ropes and pursued improving and expanding the product offering. His interest and dedication proved to be a valuable asset to the ownership and he was eventually offered an opportunity to become a partner. Since that time with Brian's guidance, Dakota Cub has improved its processes and added new equipment to meet the increased manufacturing demands. Brian interest in product development from his mechanical background has proven to be instrumental in the growth of the company. Brian's other interests include a love for flying and an intense appreciation for all types of outdoor and sportsman activities.


BRIAN DERHEIM

RIB ASSEMBLY

Brian has been a recent addition to the team here at Dakota Cub. He has become our resident rib builder and his attention to detail and quest for perfection makes it easy to see why our ribs are so popular. Prior to coming onboard Brian worked for a large beverage distribution company as a driver and forklift operator. When not building ribs or supporting other Dakota Cub projects Brian can be found in the great outdoors and enjoying off-roading and racing with his brother.


TED CAMPBELL

PRODUCTION SPECIALIST

Ted spends much of his time at Dakota Cub in aileron assembly and as a production specialist. He began with the company in the fall of 2020 and has since become very proficient at all aspects of the product line. Prior to joining Dakota Cub Ted was involved in the construction industry. Ted's attraction to a challenging technical field led him into aviation which he has always had a keen interest in. Ted's other interests include astronomy and non-traditional construction methods. Both of which are challenging to say the least.


ROBIN SITTIG

MACHINIST

Robin began at Dakota Cub in March of 2021. As a long time friend of the owner, Mark Erickson, Robin was persuaded to come help out after retiring from a career as a tool repair machinist and courier. Robin is also an accomplished pilot and enjoys spending his time working in the aviation community.


KEITH MORFORD

WING ASSEMBLY

Keith began working at Dakota cub in October of 2004 after a career as a mechanic and automotive machinist. He is able to work alongside his son Brian and still enjoys the opportunity to pursue his interests in motorcycles, vintage fords, billiards, & racing.


MIKE SLENES

RIB PRODUCTION

Mike began working at Dakota Cub in September of 2006. He has probably answered the phone when you called and provided any and every manner of technical support for the Dakota Cub Product line. He has built too many ribs to count and if you have our ribs in your wing there is a good chance he built them. Before coming to Dakota Cub Mike worked for an outdoor advertising company in Billings MT. He ended up in the aviation industry because it is something he has always found interesting and, so far, it has been a lot of fun. When he is not building ribs you can find him spending time with his kids and napping.


BARRY DERHEIM

FABRICATION & WELDING

Barry began with Dakota cub in March of 2021 and has since proven himself to be a valuable team member. Prior to Dakota Cub Barry was a welder for the U.S. Navy and most recently a welder for Spartan Motors, building state-of-the-art fire trucks. Barry's interest are in highly complex fabrication challenges, restoration and customization of classic cars, rebuilding engines, & all forms of motorsports. When not racing or building you can find Barry enjoying the outdoors or in front of the bar-b-que grill.


ADYSEN PAPSTEIN

INTERN / APPRENTICE

Adysen joined Dakota Cub along with her brother Levi. Adysen can be found assembling ribs and learning all about the aviation business. Adysen is a go-getter and we hope to have her back next summer!


LEVI PAPSTEIN

INTERN / APPRENTICE

Levi joined Dakota Cub along with his sister Adysen. Levi can be found working spar production , in the machine shop or lasering parts. Levi has a great attitude and gets the job done right. We hope to have him back next summer!


Our staff is growing to support your orders. Check back frequently to see our newest team members!