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CAMit Manufacturing closes down ...

Postby Admin » Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:15 am

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-1 ... es/7918952

Looks like CAMit is no more.

CAMit stopped operating Friday 7th of October with collectors called in today at 13:00 australian time.

bad news for CAMit owners ...

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Re: CAMit Manufacturing closes down ...

Postby Bug » Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:30 am

I knew it was coming. Bottom line is that both engines are identical. The intelectual rights belong to Jabiru. It was Jabiru's plan to allow CAMit to operate under license, until it had completed testing of its new engine. Now it is ready for release, what happens? Easy, take away CAMit's license and market our engine. As there is no competition, they have the monopoly on the market. A lot of people knew that CAMit was living on borrowed time and did not make it nown. In my eyes, that constitutes deception as they were profittering while they had full knowledge of what was going on. A little dishonest in my eyes!
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Re: CAMit Manufacturing closes down ...

Postby bluboyz » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:01 am

G'day All,

Perhaps a perusal of the Recreational Flying forum ~ CAMit engines - anyone got one? ~ from page 24 onwards might be enlightening wrt "IP" ownership, and the development history of these 2200 and 3300 engines, spares etc..

http://www.recreationalflying.com/threa ... 82/page-24

Cheers Paul.
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Re: CAMit Manufacturing closes down ...

Postby jetjr » Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:12 am

Bug , you have no idea what you are talking about
Jabiru now have monopoly, no parts for old engines, the IP is not owned by Jabiru.
If you somehow see this as a good or just outcome then you need to open your eyes

Expect dramatic increases in price on parts and need to lots of replacement engines. Many will not buy a brand new untested engine from Jabiru.
Its bad news for every owner
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Re: CAMit Manufacturing closes down ...

Postby diablo » Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:25 pm

Well,

Looks like we are all shafted now with no alternative supplier of parts to keep our engines running apart from Jabiru. I think certain parts would be easy to source but I am still at odds as to why the Jabiru experts have not provided any information as to where we can get parts like pistons, rings, crankshaft bearings and valves etc.. etc... from which are the expensive and most common parts you would require for an overhaul.

Any ideas?
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Re: CAMit Manufacturing closes down ...

Postby intheloop » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:51 am

Some suppliers worth checking out -
Valves - G&S - http://www.gsvalves.co.uk/
They may sell direct to public or perhaps to a consortium if/when they find out CAMit is closed. Up to recently, enquirers were directed to purchase direct from CAMit.

Rings - Total Seal - http://www.totalseal.com/
Have been known to supply rings for these engines. Whether they were supplier for CAMit or not, can't say - might potentially have a ring combination to suit Jab/CAMit engines.

Don't have available info on main crank bearings but understand that the conrod big end bearings are size 4B8290? Could be wrong though.
Not sure on pistons either, sorry.

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Re: CAMit Manufacturing closes down ...

Postby Steevo » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:37 am

The following open letter to the Jabiru fleet was received from Jabiru Aircraft PTY LTD staff on October 13, 2016, and details the impact of the recent closing of CAMit Aero Engines in Bundaberg, Australia.

Dear Jabiru Fleet,

Unfortunately, CAMit, who has been a prime supplier of Jabiru machined parts and who recently started making their own engine based on the Jabiru engine, are reported to have closed and receivers appointed.

We had been concerned for some time over the level of debt that the CAMit business carried and have done our best to support them with continuing orders despite the dramatic downturn in sporting aviation following the GFC, the appreciation of the Australian dollar and the significant increase in competition with the introduction of the LSA category aircraft. This is a very sad occurrence as we have always done our best to support Australian businesses.

Jabiru has always been structured to be able to withstand the wild swings in economic activity and demand for small sporting aircraft and engines that is the norm in the aviation business. We focus on innovative and cost effective design and manufacture using contracted suppliers who can deliver the quality needed for our engines and airframes and at a price that you can afford.

The demise of CAMit is a significant blow to the industry but we have adequate stock on hand to keep you flying and are working to quickly fill the gap in our parts supply chain from suitably qualified factories and suppliers.

We are continuing to develop the Jabiru engine to further enhance reliability, reduce maintenance and running costs and to continue to deliver an engine at an affordable price.

If you have any questions about your Jabiru engine or airframe please contact us.

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