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Re: Alternative Power Plants for Jab

Postby Anonymous » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:16 pm

Posted by: Steve on 22:28:44 12/02/14 Tue

For me, it's not the engine itself as such. The failure rate is still low in the grand scheme of things. But I have to be honest and say that if I changed my aircraft I would not buy one with a Jabiru engine. For me, it's Jabiru themselves. Their customer service is abysmall. You only have to type 'Jabiru' into Google and see the history of their reputation over the years with most related to customer service rather than the known issues. Jabiru have always denied there are any issues with their engines.

Regarding Jabiru owners not being mechanically minded, I have to disagree a bit with that. Nearly everyone I know who owns a Jab engine knows more than the basics and does almost, if not all, maintenance themselves. Compare that to the people I know with Rotax lumps and most of them would not know where to start. Also, owners tend to be a lot more thorough. I know I am..

I have owned my Jab for 2 years and it has 500 hours on it. In that time I have had all 4 cylinder heads replaced due to cracks between the valve seats and in September this year had a complete top end overhaul due to dodgy compressions. I did the first lot of bits myself and then got fed up with having to work on it so got a Jab specialist to do it. At the same time, the carb was upgraded including new sump and induction. It is now 85HP rather than the 'Jabiru Misquoted' 80hp (or should I say 69HP). Also, the through bolts were replaced and updated to the latest spec.

The Jabiru engine could be the perfect, safe engine with just a bit of time and a small investment, but Jabiru continue to deny the issues and blame it on the owners and they have an extremely bad reputation to get rid of.

Sure other engines have problems, issues and design flaws but they are usually rectified pretty quickly and in a lot of cases help given to existing owners such as discount parts or exchanges.

I do feel that the value of my aircraft will decrease as this has been made very public. If I was buying one now, I would certainly be using that as a bargaining tool. Plus, no one really knows what the final result will be out of all of this so there is a risk with this engine.

Re: CASA Consultation published

Postby Anonymous » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:16 pm

Posted by: Ralph on 09:34:28 12/20/14 Sat

http://casa.gov.au/Scripts/nc.dll?WCMS: ... =PC_102352

The interim limitations have been finalised and published by CASA. looks like those in auzzie who have their aircraft parked within populous areas will have 30 days to fly them out.

Re: CASA Consultation published

Postby Anonymous » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:16 pm

Posted by: Gary on 11:39:30 12/20/14 Sat

Will be interesting what the LAA response to UK jabs will be


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