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 aircraft market, according to Jabiru USA boss, Pete Krotje. That’s cool, but if you want to learn more about each, where do you go? One place — this coming weekend — is the Jabiru Jamboree. *** On Friday June 11, 2010, open house and factory tours start at 1 PM with an engine maintenance session at 3 PM followed by a cook-out at 5 PM. On Saturday, the day is full of seminars on Jabiru engines and airframes in the morning with avionics, firewall-forward issues (wiring, cooling), and engine tuning in the afternoon. On Sunday, Jabiru plans, “Wheels up for a Jabiru Adventure to Patti’s 1880’s Settlement at Grand Rivers, Kentucky.” Sound like fun? You can join them! Call 800-Jabiru1 for info. *** Some folks have seen that plenty of Rotax seminars are offered in addition to video lectures but they’ve seen less of such offerings for Jabiru… the second most common brand on Light-Sport Aircraft. The truth is, the easygoing folks at Jabiru USA regularly hold full engine seminars. The upcoming editions of these training sessions occurs over September 10-12 and again over November 19-21, 2010. If you are an aviation mechanic, you can increase your business by getting trained on these powerplants. A pilot who wishes to do his or her own maintenance (when permitted by FAA regs) or any pilot who simply want to better understand these popular engines from Australia is encouraged take the course. Info is available from the number above or by emailing Jabiru or at this website.
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