Jabiru taildragger rating

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Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by Duane Mouton » Tue May 23, 2017 11:42 am

Hi guys,

I would like to ask if anyone here could give me some advice. I am purely gathering information here for now. I have come across a Jabiru taildragger, and I would like to know where I could get a taildragger rating and the rating on this aerie? I have not been able to find any instructor rated specifically on these machines. The guys at the factory don't actually have anyone they know of either.

The guys are LSAT said I shouldn't specifically need to do a rating on this aerie, but if I hold a taildragger rating as well as the Jab1 rating I should be allowed to fly this aircraft, is that correct?

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Re: Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by Justus Venter » Wed May 24, 2017 8:01 pm

Find out from the factory what the ICAO type designator for the taildragger Jabi is. If it is 'JABI' then you don't need an additional rating. As far as I know there are only 3 designators, JABI, JAB2, and JAB4, so you should be covered.

There are several guys at Kitty Hawk and Petit that can help you out with a taildragger rating.

The taildragger Jabi is not an easy aircraft to control on the ground as the rudder is VERY small and you don't have differential brakes. Find someone with a Bushbaby without differential brakes and fly as many circuits as you can. The handling characteristics should be fairly close although I do believe the Jabi will keep you a little busier :)
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Re: Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by Induna » Thu May 25, 2017 12:50 pm

The Jabi Taildraggers looks very pretty! I think there are very few of them in RSA though, but I would also like to own one... one day!

Have fun!

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Re: Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by ZuluBen » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:13 pm

According to my License paper from SACAA my JAB1 rating includes the Taildragger, provided that you have an initial taildragger rating off course.

Slippery little beasts, and herein lays the problem. There is no gentle stalling of the wing, she will fly brilliant and then dump you on the ground.

So you better be in contact or very close proximity of Terra Firma when that happens... 8-[
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Re: Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by skyvan » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:56 am

I did a few hours on the first SA Jabiru taildragger, it had differential drum brakes, that were almost useless. I kept bending the brake pedals if there was any crosswind!

Also, because there is almost no fuselage behind the CG, you have very little dynamic stability, so you have to make sure you put her down straight every time.

I would recommend that if you are going to fly it, please be very current as a tailwheel pilot.

Apart from getting it back on the ground, she was a very nice plane to fly.
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Unread post by Induna » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:56 am

Are there any taildragger Jabis around thats for sale?

Just interest..

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Re: Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by Duane Mouton » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:46 pm

Induna wrote:Are there any taildragger Jabis around thats for sale?

Just interest..

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Re: Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by Induna » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:54 pm

How many TD jabis are in SA? I love the looks. It would be interesting to hear the ground handling.

I heard she is a handful on the ground..
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Re: Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by ZuluBen » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:54 pm

None left as far as I know..

The last one was ZU OOM and she got converted to trike configuration about a year or so ago
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Re: Jabiru taildragger rating

Unread post by V5 - LEO » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:59 am

....now that looks so much better
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