Jabiru 2200

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Jabiru 2200.JPG
Jabiru 2200 fitted to a Tipsy Nipper
Type Piston aero engine
National origin Australia
Manufacturer Jabiru Aircraft
Developed into Jabiru 3300

The Jabiru 2200 is a lightweight naturally aspirated, pushrod four-stroke, flat four, air-cooled aircraft engine produced by Jabiru Aircraft.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The conventional direct-drive engine is fitted with an alternator, silencers, vacuum pump drives and dual ignition systems as standard. The engine generates up to 80 bhp at 3,300 rpm.[2]

In Europe the engine competes with the Rotax 912, another flat four four-stroke engine, but one that has water-cooled cylinder heads and a geared reduction drive to the propeller.

Jabiru Aircraft began as a builder of small two-seater aircraft in Bundaberg, Australia.[3] It turned to producing its own engines when supplies of the Italian-sourced engines previously used dried up.[4] Jabiru engines are designed to be manufactured in small batch quantities, so the firm uses CNC machines to mill major engine parts such as cylinder blocks and heads, rather than using cast items.[5]

A larger variant of this engine is the flat-six Jabiru 3300 which, being of modular design, shares many parts with the J2200.

In December 2010 the CEA-308, powered by the Jabiru 2200, set four FAI records for aircraft weighing less than 300 kg. It averaged 223 miles/hour for four runs over the 3-km low-altitude course[6] and 203 mph on a 100-km circuit.[7]

CASA restrictions[edit]

In November 2014 the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) proposed restricting all Jabiru-powered aircraft to day-visual flight rules (VFR) only, without passengers or solo students and within gliding distance of a safe place to land due to the engine line's safety record. The final rule adopted somewhat softened the restrictions, allowing the carriage of passengers and students, but requiring them to sign an acknowledgement of risk before flying and restricting equipped aircraft to day VFR flight and within gliding distance of a safe place to land.[8] Both the manufacturer and Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) opposed the restrictions as unnecessary and unwarranted.[9] RA-Aus reported that it was supplied with only a fraction of CASA's source data – just a day before submissions closed – and that CASA seemed to have excluded all engine reliability data post-"early 2014".[10]

As of July 1, 2016, these restrictions were lifted for "most Jabiru-powered aircraft in Australia. Stock Jabiru engines that are maintained in strict accordance with Jabiru service bulletins and maintenance instructions are no longer affected by the limitations, which were issued in late 2014."[11]



General characteristics

  • Type: Flat-4
  • Bore: 97.5 mm (3.84 in)
  • Stroke: 74 mm (2.91 in)
  • Displacement: 2,200 cm³ (134 in³)
  • Length: 562 mm (22.12 in)
  • Width: 582 mm (22.91 in)
  • Height: 445 mm (17.54 in)
  • Dry weight: 62.8 kg (138 lbs) with exhaust, carburetors, starter motor, alternator and ignition system[2]


  • Fuel system: Mechanical fuel pump
  • Fuel type: AVGAS 100/130 or Auto Gas 91 Octane Minimum
  • Oil system: Wet sump
  • Cooling system: Aircooled


See also[edit]

Related development

Comparable engines

Related lists


  1. ^ "4 cylinder". Jabiru.net.au. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "2200 Aero Engine" (PDF). 2200 4-Cylinder. Jabiru Aircraft & Engines Australia. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  3. ^ "About". Jabiru.net.au. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Background to the Development of the Jabiru". web.aeromech.usyd.edu.au. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Engines >". Jabiru.net.au. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Gúnar Armin Halboth (BRA) (16135)". www.fai.org. 10 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Gúnar Armin Halboth (BRA) (16134)". www.fai.org. 10 October 2017.
  8. ^ Niles, Russ (21 December 2014). "CASA Issues Jabiru Final Rule". AVweb. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  9. ^ Niles, Russ (15 November 2014). "Australia Eyes Jabiru Restrictions". AVweb. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  10. ^ Article in Sport Pilot magazine (Aust.) titled: "RA-Aus Response", Feb 2015 edition, page 27.
  11. ^ "Australia Lifts Restrictions on Jabiru Engines". jabiruna.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.

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