Jabiru Aircraft flies high from Bundaberg Airport

The Bundaberg engineered Jabiru J230 aircraft.
The Bundaberg engineered Jabiru J230 aircraft. Source: Facebook (Jabiru Aircraft)

Bundaberg-based aviation engineering business Jabiru Aircraft continues to reach for the sky.

Established at Bundaberg Airport for 30 years, Jabiru has recently shipped several containers of aircraft kits, parts and engines to overseas buyers.

Business manager Sue Woods said orders for aircraft and aircraft kits were currently coming from the United States and China.

Jabiru Aircraft shipping container
Taking Bundaberg to the world — a shipping container leaving Jabiru Aircraft with locally manufactured engines, kits and parts.
Source: Facebook (Jabiru Aircraft)

“Our engine orders come from many countries including USA, South Africa, China, Norway, Russia, Italy, UK, France, Israel, Slovenia, Germany, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” Sue said.

“We have a team of 16 people at Jabiru in Bundaberg.

“There are other local businesses that provide parts and services for aircraft and engine production, as well as many overseas companies.”

Asked about the benefits of being in Bundaberg, Sue said the airport was ideal for the company’s needs, with easy access.

“The weather is predominately good for flying too,” she said.

The latest container to leave Jabiru for China this week comprised two J230 kits, four 3300 engines and various spare parts.

Recently an order was shipped of four engines and two J230 kits, one going to USA, two to China and one interstate.

The Jabiru J230 (two seats) and the Jabiru J430 (four seats) aircraft have been developed as touring aircraft. They have a wide cockpit, high cabin and ample leg room. The Jabiru J230 has a big baggage compartment in the back whereas the Jabiru J430 has two rear seats.

Jabiru engines have been produced since 1992 and there are more than 6500 flying around the world, with many in demanding flying school operations.

The Jabiru Aircraft range on a Queensland beach.
The Jabiru Aircraft range on a Queensland beach. Source: Jabiru Aircraft