Arion Aircraft to be Distributor for Jabiru Engines, FWF Kits and Parts in North America

Jabiru 3300 4th generation engine
Jabiru 3300 4th generation engine

Arion Aircraft of Shelbyville, Tennessee has been appointed as the North American importer and distributor for Jabiru Engines, FWF Kits and Jabiru Parts. Arion Aircraft will be the exclusive importer and will market the full line engines and parts manufactured in Australia by Jabiru Aircraft Pty, Ltd. Continue reading "Arion Aircraft to be Distributor for Jabiru Engines, FWF Kits and Parts in North America"

It's the Simple Things...

The Jabiru and Zenith gaggles meet up at KMGR on Saturday.

On Saturday, my family and I made the great annual migration to Lakeland. We are exhibitors, making a living in the experimental & LSA industries. Two of us winged our way south over brown wooded hills, tender green spring foliage, sparkling lakes and smoky haze of wildfires for about 5 hours of idyllic VFR bliss in a pair of Light-Sport aircraft. Continue reading "It's the Simple Things..."

Australian CASA Lifts Limitations for Jabiru-Powered Aircraft

Jabiru engine

Jabiru engine

After nearly 20 months of investigation, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has lifted its operational limitations for most Jabiru-powered aircraft in Australia. Stock Jabiru engines that are maintained in strict accordance with Jabiru service bulletins and maintenance instructions are no longer affected by the limitations, which were issued in late 2014. Continue reading "Australian CASA Lifts Limitations for Jabiru-Powered Aircraft"

Update: Precautions for Jabiru Powered Aircraft

CASA_LogoThe Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority will place a set of precautionary operating limitations on aircraft powered by Jabiru engines. This is a revised set of revisions from those originally published, and will allow the use of Jabiru-powered aircraft by student pilots, something not allowed in the proposed restrictions presented over a month ago.

These precautionary limitations follow a high number of Jabiru engine failures and power loss incidents, some of which resulted in aircraft forced landings.

More than 45 Jabiru engine failures or in-flight engine incidents have been reported in 2014, with CASA recently becoming aware of incidents in previous years.

Problems with Jabiru engines include failures of through bolts, flywheel bolts and valve train assemblies, as well as cylinder cracking. Continue reading "Update: Precautions for Jabiru Powered Aircraft"

Australian Authorities Propose Limitations on Jabiru-Powered Aircraft

Photo: Jabiru
Photo: Jabiru

CASA - the Australian equivalent of the US Federal Aviation Administration - issued draft documents that would severely limit operations for aircraft equipped with Jabiru engines, at least until addition study and investigation into a significant number of engine failures is conducted. Quoting the CASA web site:

CASA is responding to a high, and increasing, rate of engine failures among aircraft that are powered by engines manufactured by, or under licence from, Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd (Jabiru). Such aircraft are referred to in this document as 'Jabiru powered aircraft'.

The issues appear to be the result of several failure modes, which require separate investigation.

CASA has formed the view that its functions under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 require it to mitigate certain risks to passengers, trainee pilots and persons on the ground.

Accordingly, while CASA works with Jabiru to identify the causes of these engine failures and to implement appropriate corrective actions, CASA proposes a set of operating limitations on Jabiru powered aircraft.
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Firewall Forward Options for Van's RV-12 on Display at Sun 'n Fun 2013

Pete Krotje flies his Jabiru 2200 powered RV-12.
Pete Krotje flies his Jabiru 2200 powered RV-12.

The Van's Aircraft RV-12, with more than 200 units sold, is quick becoming one of the most popular two-place kit aircraft that can be flown by Sport Pilots. Though Van's Aircraft provides the builders with a capable firewall forward package, including a Rotax 912ULS, some builders are looking for powerplant options.

At $18,500, the Jabiru 2200, an 80hp engine with firewall-forward kit including cowling and prop from Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft LLC,  is an economical choice for RV-12 builders looking for direct-drive simplicity with great fuel specifics, according to Krotje, who has been selling Jabiru's in the U.S. since 2001. Continue reading "Firewall Forward Options for Van's RV-12 on Display at Sun 'n Fun 2013"