Factory Built Aircraft

The Jabiru aircraft is a tried and tested concept in Australian aviation. As at 31 January, 2012, Jabiru Factory built aircraft made up 38% of the RAA 24-registered aircraft competing with over 100 aircraft manufactures available to the Australian market. 

Jabiru is Australian designed and manufactured using Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) technologies. The Jabiru design incorporates many of the traditional FRP technologies and techniques developed in glider and homebuilt aircraft design over the past 20 years. It is a system which offers light weight at the same time as high structural integrity, clean aerodynamic design and minimum maintenance.

The Jabiru aircraft is powered by a Jabiru 4 cylinder 4 stroke 2200 cc or a 6 cylinder 3300 cc  air cooled engine. This Australian designed engine has been developed specifically for use in the Jabiru aircraft and is fitted with dual electronic ignition.

The Australian Regulations were amended in early 1989 to permit this class of aircraft to be certified. Aircraft in this Category are fully Type Certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and are fitted with approved engines and Type Certified Propellers. All design and flight testing is supervised and approved by CASA specialists.

The Jabiru is popular in following roles:

  • Flying Training
  • Rural Property Management
  • Recreational Flying & Aero Club Operations

The Jabiru UL-D and J160-C are Type Certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).The J120-C, J160-D, J170-D and J230-D are designed and built  to ASTM Airworthiness standards. These can be piloted by a RAA certified pilot, to fly up to 10,000' AMSL and outside controlled airspace. An RAA pilot may operate from licensed airports and may also, by endorsement, carry a passenger.

A pilot holding both a RAA Pilot Certificate and a Private Pilot License may also fly an appropriately equipped Jabiru into controlled airspace.

Jabirus’ high cruise speed, low fuel consumption and up to 10 hours endurance make low cost air touring a viable proposition for an RAA certified pilot.

An RAA Pilot Certificate may be obtained in any RAA approved flying school after completing a minimum of 20 hours instruction (significant credits are available to Private Pilot License holders and Gliding Federation of Australian pilots).

In VH registration, the Jabiru must be piloted by a Private Pilot License holder and is flown under general aviation rules (VFR- by day). The Jabiru J160 is ideally suited to general aviation flying schools.

And now, the experience that you accumulate on your RAA Pilot Certificate counts towards your Private Pilot License or Commercial Pilot License, significantly reducing the costs of flight training.


Factory built aircraft from our Australian factory are available in the following models:


Jabiru J120

The Jabiru J120-C aircraft has been developed as a low cost  personal aircraft which was based on the kit SP version. It has the same cockpit size as the original factory built LSA 55/3J but a longer empennage for a better directional stability. The cockpit layout is the same as the J160-C /J170-C with manual flaps. This aircraft has been built to the Australian LSA (light Sport Aircraft) category.







Jabiru J160

The Jabiru J160 aircraft has been developed as an aircraft that is bigger all round. It has a wider cockpit higher cabin and more leg room. Jabiru has an Australian Type Certificate in the primary category for the J160 as well as a production certificate.







Jabiru J170

The Jabiru J170 aircraft has been developed  under the Australian LSA (light Sport Aircraft) category. The fuselage is the same as the J160-C using the larger horizontal stabilizer & elevator with the same wing as the J230 . It can be RAA or VH registered.


IMG 9736 Jabiru J170 Natfly 2007 sunset





Jabiru J230

The Jabiru J230 aircraft has been developed as a touring aircraft. It has a wide cockpit, high cabin, ample leg room & a big baggage compartment in the back. It is the same shape as the J430 but doesn't have rear seating. It can be RAA or VH registered. The J230 can be fitted out & have a Special Certificate of Airworthiness to night VMC with VH registration.







Jabiru UL-D

The Jabiru UL-D has been designed to meet the UK Microlight Standard of 268kg max empty weight and 450kg gross weight and the 35 knots (65km/hr) stall speed.
UK interests go to: http://www.jabiru.co.uk/






Other Factory Built Aircraft

In certain countries, the sale of factory built Microlights and some other aircraft is not regulated by the particular country's Civil Aviation Authority. For these markerts, Jabiru Kit Planes are also available as Factory Built Aircraft. Contact Jabiru for more details or contact the dealer in your country.



Factory Complete Aircraft Comparison


Fuel in wings
(except J120 behind the seats)

70 ltrs
65 ltrs
450 kg
500 kg
540 kg
600 kg