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Jabiruyank
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27/08/2020 11:44 pm  

Greeting to the Jabiru forum,

I'm pleased to say that I purchased an experimental light sport aircraft, the Aerostar 1 and flew it from KGIF, Winter Haven, Florida to 3N6, Old Bridge, New Jersey on July 22 - 23, 2020. The total distance was 960 nautical miles. It was approximately 14 hours of flight time over two days. The aircraft has a Jabiru A2200 installed with a TTAF/E 39 hours when purchased. The aircraft was manufactured in 2001 so I was a bit concerned that it only ran 39 hours since new over a 19 year span! It had a condition inspection the month prior with an oil and filter change.

There were large areas of swamp, forests and bays that had to be crossed. And yes, I was a bit nervous crossing the swamps over the Florida Georgia border. Except for the issue of occasional elevated oil temperatures, particularly during climb-out, the engine ran like a clock!! Most daily temperatures on the ground were in the 32 - 36 C range.  It ran strong and didn't miss a beat. The oil ran very clean and there was minimal loss of oil during the 14 hours. I've since solved the elevated oil temperature during climb by installing a larger oil cooler and a more efficient air housing over the oil cooler. I'm impressed thus far with this engine and its design and hope to fly many more hours. I may consider a new propeller as I believe that the Prince P-Tip propeller may be a good compromise with climb and cruise performance (at least that's what many folks claim in their reviews).

Here is a photo at its home base, 3N6 Old Bridge, New Jersey USA

 

 

Here's a short in flight video over northern Florida

 

 

Cheers,

Alex R-


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Jabiruyank
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30/08/2020 8:01 pm  

Sorry, the photo/video links won’t work as it’s a link to my google photo and is not public. I can’t seem to edit this once posted or else they would’ve been deleted. 


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Jabiru Support
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30/08/2020 11:29 pm  

Hello Jabiruyank,

Good to hear that the engine is performing well. We call that tiger country or in your case gator country. 🙂  What propeller do you have on it now?  

Also you should be able to edit your posts now.  And I think you should be able to attach an file/picture, just below the reply/comment text box.  

Also check out www.jabiru.net.au under support to find out if there is any service bulletins etc for your engine.  


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Jabiruyank
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11/09/2020 9:09 am  

@jabiru-support Please remove my original posts’ links as they do not work and mat have been responsible for recent Google security breach on my Google account. 

Cheers,

Alex -

 


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Jabiru Support
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13/09/2020 11:09 pm  

Done,  still would like to see the pics though.  😉


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Jabiruyank
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28/09/2020 12:01 am  

Picture of the Aerostar 1 


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Jabiruyank
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28/09/2020 12:03 am  

Short video in flight over the Florida/Georgia border en route to home base in NJ, USA


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28/09/2020 1:50 am  

Thats great,  looks very green there.  

Thats a nice looking plane. 


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