Explorer with a Jabi 2200 engine

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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by smartz » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:12 pm

Photo of the Jabi 2200 Explorer at Pyramid.
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by Walid » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:33 pm

stefan wrote:From a factory viewpoint, we have to supply a new engine and that changes your ranking a bit
Approx prices excl VAT
Rotax 65 - R72000 E- box and radiators
Jabiru 85 -R86000
Jabiru 120 - R 120 000
BMW 1200 new with reduction and electronics- R130 000
Etc etc

PS I have a 1200 with 4200 km on complete with throttle bodies, starter, alternator, headers and exhaust for R35 000 inc of VAT
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by stefan » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:46 pm

Hi There, we are busy with an Explorer that will have the UL 260 fitted. I will report back on the performance specs as they become available. Be sure to follow the factory developments on the www.microlighters.co.za website. We update nearly on a daily basis. Look under aircraft specific discussions

We have fitted the new prop on the Jabi 2200 engine and all I can say is " What a difference" I will post some performance figure shortly.
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by Walid » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:05 pm

stefan wrote:Hi There, we are busy with an Explorer that will have the UL 260 fitted. I will report back on the performance specs as they become available. Be sure to follow the factory developments on the http://www.microlighters.co.za website. We update nearly on a daily basis. Look under aircraft specific discussions

We have fitted the new prop on the Jabi 2200 engine and all I can say is " What a difference" I will post some performance figure shortly.
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by stefan » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:30 pm

We had a standard Bantam P prop ( 60 x 35 ) for our initial testing. It worked well but is not a good performer at altitude and at MAUW. The engine also did not develope it's full hp, the rpm static was at 2800 and in flight at 3030 doing 120mph. We now fitted a 62 x 32 P Prop and the difference in performance is very noticeable. I do not just want to post random figure here but would rather wait till we have completed a new test program. All I can say from some initial figures is that take -off is solo is at 50m and climbout at 900ftplus @ 60mph where it used to be 75m and 700ft/m for same conditions. The figures still have to be processed properly to reflect the QNH, weight, Temp etc etc.
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by Walid » Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:57 am

stefan wrote:We had a standard Bantam P prop ( 60 x 35 ) for our initial testing. It worked well but is not a good performer at altitude and at MAUW. The engine also did not develope it's full hp, the rpm static was at 2800 and in flight at 3030 doing 120mph. We now fitted a 62 x 32 P Prop and the difference in performance is very noticeable. I do not just want to post random figure here but would rather wait till we have completed a new test program. All I can say from some initial figures is that take -off is solo is at 50m and climbout at 900ftplus @ 60mph where it used to be 75m and 700ft/m for same conditions. The figures still have to be processed properly to reflect the QNH, weight, Temp etc etc.
Please excuse my ignorance - how do the 3 blade props rate ?
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by stefan » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:37 am

3 Blade not recommended by Jabiru. Something about weight, torque and efficiency. You get more power from a 2 blade. If you do use a three blade you have to make sure it can handle the pulses from the direct drive engines. You will notice that a lot of direct drive engines use either a two blade wood or steel prop. I know IVO makes a heavy duty hub that can be used but I think it's better utilized on a Jabi 6.
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by stefan » Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:20 pm

Hi Guys,
This aircraft has become available for sale. R 360 000 excl Vat. 126hr's and counting. Great performer. Call us for more info. Includes a 196 GPS
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by stefan » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:58 pm

SOLD. Going to zim in a while =D>
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by BallsOfFire » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:58 am

Why does this not come from Jabiru Sa? Or this a combination of JAb and other planes?
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by stefan » Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:08 pm

Hi There, I do not understand the question. The Explorer is a rag and tube aircraft built by Kitplanes For Africa in Komatipoort. We were looking for alternative engines to install in our airframes and we tested the Jabi engines with great success. This aicraft was the first factory build plane with a Jabi 2200 85hp installed. We have now done just over 200hr's in her. Great little plane and I love that engine.
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Re: Jabi 2200 Explorer

Unread post by BallsOfFire » Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:15 pm

My Appologies, I read the topic heading then wrong. Thought you ment it is a Jabiru airplane as-well.

ps. I went to the web site and must say your plane looks great for RSA....
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