Jabiru Engine Installation & Maintenance Seminar

Please check back later this summer for information and dates for the next class.

Join Jabiru engine experts Ben and Pete Krotje for their informative two-day course covering the installation and maintenance of Jabiru engines. If you are a kitplane builder, mechanic, or Jabiru-powered aircraft owner that wants to learn more about Jabiru, this course is for you.

For nearly a decade, Pete Krotje (pronounced like “Karate”) has taught hundreds of Jabiru engine owners and mechanics how to properly care for Jabiru engines during his informal, hands-on engine seminars. Experienced Jabiru pilot and A&P mechanic Ben Krotje is now teaching the majority of the seminar, adding his own insights learned from maintaining, overhauling and operating Jabiru engines for almost twenty years. Course attendees will learn:

  • The history and evolution of Jabiru engines, including upgrades over the years
  • Common operational and maintenance errors and how to avoid them
  • Design of engine components and how they work together
  • Fundamentals of good cowling design for proper cooling, important for all air-cooled engines
  • Ignition and charging system design and maintenance
  • Valve train design and maintenance
  • Bing carburetor operation and tuning with hands-on disassembly and assembly
  • How to perform basic maintenance tasks, such as torquing head bolts and differential compression check
  • Cylinder head and piston removal and re-installation
  • Upgrades to consider on your next overhaul
  • Of course, the opportunity to ask any question you want of experienced Jabiru engine mechanics.

The class runs about 8:30 am til 5 pm Friday and Saturday. Coffee, doughnuts and lunch are provided each day.

Seating is limited to 15 participants. The fee is $350/person, paid at the time of registration.

Registration is currently closed.

How to Get Here

The seminar is located in our heated maintenance hangar, located on the northwest corner of Shelbyville Municipal Airport on Highway 231 north of town. When arriving by car, note that our hangar is north of the main airport terminal, directly accessible from the highway. If you fly in and we have the hangar space, we’ll be happy to pull your plane inside at night. Otherwise, the SYI FBO is very accommodating. There is an Enterprise rental car office in the SYI FBO.

If you need to fly commercially, the nearest major airport is BNA, Nashville International Airport.

Hangar Address:
Sport Aircraft Services / Jabiru North America
2842 Highway 231 N
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Where to Stay

NOTICE to our March 2017 Class Attendees: We have just found out that our local Shelbyville hotels are booked or overpriced due to a Walking Horse show in town that weekend. However, there are plenty of vacancies in nearby Murfreesboro, which is an easy drive north on Highway 231.  If you like a nicer hotel like Holiday Inn and the Doubletree, there are several newer choices on Medical Center Parkway off of I-24. For more of a budget hotel and a shorter drive, there are several on Church Street/Highway 231 on the south side of Murfreesboro for less than $100/night. We are very sorry for the scheduling conflict! (There are also many more restaurants to choose from in Murfreesboro, so you might like it better anyway!)

There are several hotels in Shelbyville that are a short drive south of the airport. Mention “Jabiru” for a discount when you make your reservation. We recommend the following:

Microtel Inn & Suites
1207 N. Main Street
Shelbyville, TN 37160
(931) 684-8343

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
1607 N. Main Street
Shelbyville, TN 37160
(931) 680-1030