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Jabiru USA

Jabiru USA builds the spacious and speedy J-250 and more recently J-230 plus the training-optimized J-170, each certified as Special LSA. The Tennessee-based company also imports and services the popular Jabiru engine line.

Jabiru is a rarity in the aviation world. This Australian brand builds both the airframe and the engine. I'm unaware of any other airplane company -- no matter how large -- able to accomplish this feat. Hundreds of airframes and thousands of Jabiru engines prove the success of this company with the "funny sounding name" (pronounced "JAB-eh-roo").

In the USA, the brand's largest representative is the Jabiru USA enterprise. Formerly based near EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Jabiru boss Pete Krotje moved his company to the more climate-friendly Shelbyville, Tennessee. At this location, Jabiru USA has established production, using Australian-fabricated components, for the J-250, J-230, and J-170 each of which won Special Light-Sport Aircraft certification. The company also sells and services the Jabiru engine from their Tennessee base.

The larger J-250 and newer J-230 derive from the four seat kit-built Jabiru so, while having only two seats according to LSA rules, J-250/230 offer the largest cabin in the fleet with a separate third door to access the cavernous baggage area. This is also a speedy design that can reach the maximum cruise of 120 knots powered by the six-cylinder, 120-hp Jabiru 3300 engine. The J-170 is based on the two-seat kit Jabiru and is aimed at flight schools with its highly economical operation from the smaller four-cylinder, 80-hp Jabiru 2200 engine.

Jabiru USA

Web Site: www.usjabiru.com
eMail: info@usjabiru.com
Address: 2842 Highway 231 North
City: Shelbyville, TN 37160 USA
Phone: (800) 522-4781
(931) 680-2800
Fax: (931) 680-1817

  Jabiru Engine -- 3300 Upgrade (0914)
At the Midwest LSA Expo in 2014, we spoke with Jabiru USA owner Pete Krotje about some significant changes made to one of the popular powerplants in the light aircraft space. Used on Jabiru airplanes, the engines are also offered for many other airframes where Jabiru USA provides what is called a "firewall forward kit" offering a home builder everything needed to do an installation. Here the new features from this company, now celebrating 15 years serving the American market.
  Rans -- S-19 with Jabiru power
Lots of folks saw a vaguely familiar airplane at the Midwest LSA Expo 2010... but, like myself, we looked and looked again and couldn't quite place the airplane. It turns out what fooled all of us initially was the installation of a 120-hp Jabiru 3300 under a new more aggressive cowling. Flying this airplane at the event, I came away a believer. I've always loved the S-19 (like most Rans models) and with this smooth-running powerplant, I found even more to enjoy. Come hear more details in our video.

Links to Aircraft and Articles

J230-SP    Add to favorites list
  Jabiru Aircraft -- Lower Prices! (0714)
Jabiru Aircraft has long done well with their line of affordable, speedy, and U.S.-assembled aircraft. Yet following the difficult recession years, owner Peter Krotje thought he could do even better, but lowering the price. How is that possible ... especially a $25,000 cut of retail price? See the video for more detail but basically the Australian manufacturer sells a kit to a South African company that is highly effective at building these kits. Afterward, Jabiru USA imports and finishes their work. Despite a lot of freight, you pay less. Buyers will enjoy big savings.
  Jabiru Engine -- 3300 Upgrade (0914)
At the Midwest LSA Expo in 2014, we spoke with Jabiru USA owner Pete Krotje about some significant changes made to one of the popular powerplants in the light aircraft space. Used on Jabiru airplanes, the engines are also offered for many other airframes where Jabiru USA provides what is called a "firewall forward kit" offering a home builder everything needed to do an installation. Here the new features from this company, now celebrating 15 years serving the American market.
  Jabiru -- J230 (dealer Eric Evans)
When people visit the Midwest LSA Expo, a popular LSA-oriented show in early September, those visitors will likely run into an expert airplane broker, Eric Evans. As you'll hear in this video, Eric knows his way around a wide variety of airplanes, including many used aircraft. Eric tells us his view of the LSA market as we speak about a beautiful 2009 Jabiru that most viewers would think is brand new. He also tells about his concept to offer LSA training where he goes to the customer's airport, a terrific idea.
  5 LSA Brands -- High Wing Composite
At the Midwest LSA Expo 2010, we started something new using multiple aircraft and offering their differences and similarities. Here we look at five composite high wing LSA: Sirius TL-3000; Jabiru J-230; CTLS; FK-9 Mark IV; and Navigator 600. If you're in the market for a high wing, this video may help show your choices and help you make a purchase decision.
  Jabiru US -- J-230SP
Jabiru is the one company I know of that produces both the airframe and the engine under one brand. Jabiru US purchases a basic kit from Australia (along with the engine) and assembles the package in Shelbyville Tennessee. The company has enjoyed consider success at this venture.
  SPLOG Fifteen Years for Jabiru USA; Celebrate and Save, 09/18/2014
 
SPLOG begins: In the Light-Sport Aircraft industry, many companies are celebrating fairly young birthdays, at least compared to 80-year-old legacy companies in the GA space. One of those is Number 8 ranked Jabiru, with more than 100 airplanes delivered in the USA.
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  SPLOG Pete Krotje on Jabiru Engines & Aircraft, 11/12/2010
 
SPLOG begins: What do sugar cane harvesting equipment and light aircraft and engines have to do with one another? The former was the original work of Jabiru founders Rod Stiff and Phil Ainsworth . The latter is what occurred after a trip to Europe back in 1988. While
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  SPLOG The Mid-Year View, 07/13/2010
 
SPLOG begins: I had some fun today talking with Jim Sweeney , guest host of Roy Beisswenger's Ultraflight Radio Show . *** Our first topic was the state of the LSA industry. I first picked my pal Dan Johnson 's satellite-view brain of the LSA Big Picture to glean we're
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  SPLOG Learn Airplanes and Engines at Jabiru's Jamboree, 06/10/2010
 
SPLOG begins: I am not aware of any other airplane company on Earth that builds both airframes and powerplants. Jabiru does. The Australian company has been doing this for years and has supplied approximately 2,000 airframes and more than 6,000 engines to the light
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  SPLOG Lower-Priced LSA Coming to Sun 'n Fun, 04/03/2010
 
SPLOG begins: After a tough winter in most parts of the USA, spring evidently arrived early with 80-degree temperatures as far north as Minnesota... all before Sun 'n Fun. More good news: After its coldest winter since the early 1980s Florida is extremely pleasant
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  SPLOG New Illinois LSA Academy, 12/23/2009
 
SPLOG begins: In the upcoming Learn To Fly issue of dead tree Plane and Pilot , I wrote an overview article covering the Sport Pilot license . *** Helping me out with some valuable insights was Jim Sweeney , well-known ultralight/ Light Sport teacher/expert who really
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  SPLOG LSA Attain New Plateau in Aviation World, 08/05/2009
 
SPLOG begins: Viewed from the LSA Mall, AirVenture 2009 was much more than the summer's big celebration of flight. Several important events tell a story of growing acceptance of LSA. Here's a short list: LAMA hosted a meeting of G10 (the 10 largest LSA producers) and
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  SPLOG Lycoming Announces LSA Powerplant, the IO-233, 09/06/2008
 
SPLOG begins: Here come the American engines! Rotax 912 s from Austria presently dominate the LSA market with an estimated 70% of installations. Australia's Jabiru with two engines (85-hp 2200 and 120-hp 3300) has another estimated 15%, leaving the U.S.-built Continental
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  SPLOG Aircraft Sales through April '08 Reflect Economy, 05/14/2008
 
SPLOG begins: I can identify four factors in the economy presently affecting airplane sales : Potential customers (often with plenty of assets or creditworthiness) see the value of their stock portfolio going up and down like a roller coaster; worry over their once-soaring
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  SPLOG Jabiru USA Brings 4th SLSA to Market, 01/11/2008
 
SPLOG begins: SEBRING 2008 UPDATE -- Like rapid fire, approvals and preparations for the Sebring Expo are coming quickly. In less than a month before Sebring we've seen approval of the SeaMax amphib; Rans' all metal S-19; the super-wide S-Wing; all-new Flight Design
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  SPLOG Jabiru's J-250 3-Door SLSA Leads September 2007, 10/14/2007
 
SPLOG begins: In September, as the Cessna Skycatcher's wave of orders soaked up funds that might have gone to other SLSA, Jabiru logged the most FAA registrations -- 6 more J-250s, bringing the company to 44 units delivered and placing the model 9th overall among fixed
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  SPLOG Triple Play by Jabiru USA; Calypso SP Certified, 09/28/2006
 
SPLOG begins: Pete and Ben Krotje and their team have done it again. They won an Special Light-Sport Aircraft airworthiness certificate for Calypso SP , their third and SLSA number 40 in the USA. Last November the Shelbyville, Tennessee company certified the roomy
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J250-SP    Add to favorites list
  $4.95 Jabiru J250
"Jabiru J250: A Great Cross Country LSA" by Dan Johnson. Published in EAA Sport Pilot & Light Sport Aircraft Magazine, December, 2005.
 
Pilot Report begins: What's that airplane with the funny sounding name? The question arises when pilots, unfamiliar with the new brands introduced by the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category, try to comprehend the name Jabiru. "And this airplane company also makes its own engine?" This second question frequently follows the first. Jabiru USA's Peter "Pete" Krotje and his staff must tire of the explanation. "It's JAB-i-roo," I heard Pete reply patiently one day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. "And, yes, the company makes
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  SPLOG 2008 In Review; a Look at the Year for LSA Sales, 12/12/2008
 
SPLOG begins: With one month to go (and it's hard to imagine a big December), we have figures to report for this most extraordinary year. We're all (painfully) aware of the economic predicament, but how has this impacted light-sport aviation? Here's my observations.
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  SPLOG Big Crowds at the Sun 'n Fun LSA Mall, 04/20/2008
 
SPLOG begins: Sun 'n Fun 2008 is history, but planning is already underway for the 2009 event . Event boss John Burton confirmed we will again have the LAMA-hosted LSA Mall right at the front gate next April 21-26. A major success at this year's Lakeland, Florida airshow,
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  SPLOG More than 1,000 SLSA Airplanes Registered with FAA, 11/07/2007
 
SPLOG begins: October 2007 brought another top finish for Jabiru USA . FAA registrations of J-250 and J-170 led the industry for the second consecutive month contributing to their rise in the ranks. Czech Aircraft Works logged a good increase and moved up in the chart.
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  SPLOG Jabiru's J-250 3-Door SLSA Leads September 2007, 10/14/2007
 
SPLOG begins: In September, as the Cessna Skycatcher's wave of orders soaked up funds that might have gone to other SLSA, Jabiru logged the most FAA registrations -- 6 more J-250s, bringing the company to 44 units delivered and placing the model 9th overall among fixed
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  SPLOG AOPA's Hartford Expo Has Generous Count of LSA, 10/04/2007
 
SPLOG begins: Most pilots know AOPA , the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has been fighting the user fee battle...and they've been doing well resisting the might of the U.S. government. But they must also have a connection with Mother Nature as warm, beautiful
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  SPLOG Come See LSA at AOPA's 2007 Expo in Hartford, 09/16/2007
 
SPLOG begins: At Oshkosh I took the chance to speak with several general aviation leaders -- CEOs of top general aviation companies and presidents of leading membership organizations. All have been kind to me with their time and generous with their support for the
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  SPLOG Here Come the LSA Hybrids...Storm Rally & Others, 05/18/2007
 
SPLOG begins: In the auto industry "hybrid" infers the use of multiple technologies (think: Toyota Prius ). In aviation, hybrid could mean an airplane designed in one country and built in another. Even Boeing farms out subassemblies worldwide, integrating them in America.
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  SPLOG Light Sport Airplanes West Officially Opens, 04/29/2007
 
SPLOG begins: Within 24 hours of getting home from Sun 'n Fun, several industry leaders including Evektor America's Jeff Conrad , Flight Design USA's Tom Peghiny , Jabiru USA's Ed Ricks , and BRS parachute's Gregg Ellsworth packed up and headed off to California. What
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  SPLOG Jabiru Hits a Double with Twin Approvals, 11/11/2005
 
SPLOG begins: And then we had 20...SLSA approvals, that is. Jabiru's Pete Krotje announced his company had received not one but two FAA airworthiness certificates for J250 and the new J170 . The latter is aimed at the flight training market. Smaller than the J250 which
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  Jabiru USA -- J170
The Jabiru J170 is the "little brother" to the larger J230 and J250 series also from Jabiru USA. While the larger models evolved from the four seater Jabiru (Australia) kit -- without the two extra seats, of course -- the J170 evolved from the original two seater kit. But it still has plenty of room inside and is easily pulled through the air by the four cylinder, 85-hp Jabiru 2200 engine.
  $8.95 Jabiru J-170
"Jabiru J-170; Trainer or Recreational Flying" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, October, 2007.
 
Pilot Report begins: The Jabiru airplanes from Shelbyville, Tennessee-based Jabiru USA are funny airplanes. I don't mean funny like a joke and I don't mean the name sounds funny, though it may to those unfamiliar with the Australian brand. The Jabiru models are funny because from a distance they look rather small and they don't seem to get bigger the closer you get to them. Despite the illusion, the three Jabiru models that have earned their Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA) credentials are actually quite roomy inside,
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  SPLOG Learn Airplanes and Engines at Jabiru's Jamboree, 06/10/2010
 
SPLOG begins: I am not aware of any other airplane company on Earth that builds both airframes and powerplants. Jabiru does. The Australian company has been doing this for years and has supplied approximately 2,000 airframes and more than 6,000 engines to the light
Photo
  SPLOG Lower-Priced LSA Coming to Sun 'n Fun, 04/03/2010
 
SPLOG begins: After a tough winter in most parts of the USA, spring evidently arrived early with 80-degree temperatures as far north as Minnesota... all before Sun 'n Fun. More good news: After its coldest winter since the early 1980s Florida is extremely pleasant
Photo
  SPLOG New Illinois LSA Academy, 12/23/2009
 
SPLOG begins: In the upcoming Learn To Fly issue of dead tree Plane and Pilot , I wrote an overview article covering the Sport Pilot license . *** Helping me out with some valuable insights was Jim Sweeney , well-known ultralight/ Light Sport teacher/expert who really
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  SPLOG Jabiru's J-250 3-Door SLSA Leads September 2007, 10/14/2007
 
SPLOG begins: In September, as the Cessna Skycatcher's wave of orders soaked up funds that might have gone to other SLSA, Jabiru logged the most FAA registrations -- 6 more J-250s, bringing the company to 44 units delivered and placing the model 9th overall among fixed
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  SPLOG Here Come the LSA Hybrids...Storm Rally & Others, 05/18/2007
 
SPLOG begins: In the auto industry "hybrid" infers the use of multiple technologies (think: Toyota Prius ). In aviation, hybrid could mean an airplane designed in one country and built in another. Even Boeing farms out subassemblies worldwide, integrating them in America.
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Links to Articles

  SPLOG Fifteen Years for Jabiru USA; Celebrate and Save, 09/18/2014
 
SPLOG begins: In the Light-Sport Aircraft industry, many companies are celebrating fairly young birthdays, at least compared to 80-year-old legacy companies in the GA space. One of those is Number 8 ranked Jabiru, with more than 100 airplanes delivered in the USA.
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  SPLOG Is This the “New GA?” ... LSA Four Seaters, 05/18/2014
 
SPLOG begins: Something of a stealth invasion is beginning. I refer to an emerging flock of four seat Light-Sport Aircraft. Of course, most readers are aware that no such birds exist as LSA (in the FAA's code, anyway). By U.S. regulation Light-Sport are two seat aircraft.
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  SPLOG Jabiru Schedules Engine Seminar in Florida, 01/12/2014
 
SPLOG begins: In the LSA space, we presently have five engine suppliers that either have ASTM approval or FAA certification approval that grants them the chance to power Light-Sport Aircraft. The five brands are: Rotax, Continental, Jabiru, Lycoming, and HKS. For customers
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  SPLOG LSA Air; Jabiru Service; MGL XTreme; 90th Birthday, 11/09/2013
 
SPLOG begins: Cool It! — Scott Severen of US Aviation — the central Texas general aviation dynamo — is a man on a mission. He showed an AMT FlyCool installation (video) on a Flight Design CTLS at Sun 'n Fun that was a surprisingly clean installation
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  SPLOG LSA Highlights from Sun 'n Fun 2012, 04/04/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Whew! It's over. Man, Sun 'n Fun can be the busiest six days of one's life... well, at least until the next one. In this survey article, I want to skim the very top of what I found interesting at the recently concluded show. Each highlight will get fuller
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