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Posted on August 11, 2013 at 1:23am 4 Comments

Well, after my first 5 hours flying my XL I can report that this is a fantastic aircraft. It flys hands off with minimal trim, I must have been very lucky setting up the rudder alignment as it tracks straight and true with no rudder input. The Jabiru engine has plenty of power and am working out what to set the adjustable prop at. Currently getting 105kts at 2900 RPM. Am getting a lot of wind noise through the canopy frame so will look at sealing that better. With only 5 hrs so far am…


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At 12:21am on December 3, 2017, Jeff Bailey said…

I forgot to mention I also had a bad oil leak from between the engine mounting plate and the back of the sump, I had to pull the engine out to fix that.

The rocker bushes were a Jabiru fault the bushes were plastic lined and they started to melt but not only on numbers 5 & 6 which had got the hottest but all of them. Anyway she is running nice now. I cant fault the airframe no problems there she fly's great I love it, wouldn't swap her for quids.

I started out using W100 oil but I think she likes the 15W 50 better. It is a little cooler down here though.


At 10:55pm on December 2, 2017, Jeff Bailey said…

Hi Darryl great to hear from you again, I actually only have one year up so far my first annual is due in a week and a half. I have 70 hrs on the clock.

It has not been all clear sailing though I had temperature problems so I removed the plenum that I had made and installed the fiberglass ducts that came with the engine. The cht's are all good know running in the 140's. Then my rocker bushes collapsed so they supplied me with new bushes and shafts and then I had oil pressure problems, the sender unit was lying to me so I replaced it with a new one and it was lying to me too so I threw them away and installed a mechanical gauge and oil line. With the Aeroshell 15W 50 I am running the oil temp seems to stay around 80 deg.

I flew to Narramine for Airventure and had 115 kts Tas @ 2800 rpm and averaged 16.6 litres an hour for the trip. The engine is running good now so it seems all is finally sorted out.

It's been an adventure that's for sure. How is your plane going?


At 3:13am on January 17, 2017, Jeff Bailey said…

Thanks for getting back to me Darryl. Thats interesting, my temps are a little high too in the 180s No's 3, 5 and 6 the rest are ok though but my motor is new and I am expecting them to come down a little (hoping).  

My motor is late Gen 2 serial no 2529. Your temps sound good now. I will see what happens, maybee keep the fibreglass shrouds in mind.


At 6:40pm on December 13, 2016, Jeff Bailey said…

Thanks Darryl, How are your temps going with the cooling fence? mine were ok yesterday except for no 5 was a little hot.


At 1:24am on August 9, 2015, Mirko said…

I have a friend who is a aeronautics engineer and we are trying to come up with a   solution, which I'll post when able. Enjoy the trip!

P.S Jabiru - does not recommend mounting any counter weight on the engine itself - you will need to mount this on the bottom half of cowling!

At 4:00am on August 8, 2015, Mirko said…

Hi Darryl. Interesting figures, very similar to mine. Bottom line we are both AFT heavy. Your C.G with little or none fuel with 2 occupants(approx. 85kg each) is at 466, which is very dangerous especially in a stall situation with no power. Please email me you phone details to mirko@bytecorp.com.au to discuss further if you wish. As I believe the Jabiru engine mount has been calculated incorrectly - too short. My details - see below;

Left wheel = 130.5

Right Wheel = 136.5

Nose  = 90.5

C.G  = 350.4

empty  =  358


At 4:11pm on August 6, 2015, Mirko said…

Hello Darryl. Just curious on your W/B details? If yo can share these with me that would be great!

Great job with the aircraft!

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At 12:20am on June 18, 2015, Jeff Bailey said…

Hi Darryl

These template copies are ready for you. If you want you can email me an address at thebaileys@homemail.com.au and I will put them in the post. I can also email you some more photos of my installation so you can see how I did it.

I notice you have installed a HACman mixture control, I bought one too when I decided against the TBI throttle body from Rotec. Have you had a chance to try it out yet I would be interested to here your findings and thoughts on its operation.


At 6:20pm on May 30, 2015, Jeff Bailey said…

That's ok, i'll just get to it when I get time. That would be annoying about the Efis though, you spend a lot of money on your panel and still have problems. With my exhaust I am not installing the standard muffler and have the three into one collectors from camit that i still have to weld together with some stainless pipe and bends I bought. Hopefully those joints will suck in a little instead of leaking out, that's my theory anyway. Ether way I wanted to get rid of that big heater just under the sump for added cooling affect.


At 6:56am on May 25, 2015, Jeff Bailey said…

No worries Darryl. It might take me two or three weeks to get it organised so just leave it with me. I got everything from Aircraft Spruce, rubber baffle part no - 05-00811-3, rivets - 05-00134, I also used some washers 05-56130.

It will be interesting to see how much the temps change with the plenum, I think they will improve though.

My plane will be raa registered, I already have the number allocated, (19 - 8533).



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