July 30, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- You could say Rodney Stiff of Queensland, Australia, was a man on a
He started designing the first Jabiru aircraft
in 1988 with a goal— to design and produce a composite aircraft that was
highly efficient, airworthy, and affordable to purchase and maintain so
more people could enjoy the sport. The result is a series of aircraft that
not only are affordable, but also are strong and have good flight
characteristics and plenty of performance, said Stiff’s daughter, Sue
Jabiru aircraft also have plenty of baggage
space, she said, and all are powered by the Jabiru engine, designed
specifically by Stiff for the aircraft. In addition, the Jabiru engine is
used to power many other types of aircraft, and the engine and aircraft
are exported to 60 countries.
For his pioneering work with Jabiru aircraft
including certification in Australia and in the United States, Stiff will
receive the August Raspet Memorial Award at 6:15 p.m. today at the
Homebuilders Dinner at the Nature Center Pavilion.
Stiff was excited to hear about the award, and
in particular to have his name included with so many eminent aircraft
designers, Woods said.
The Jabiru product range includes Jabiru
factory manufactured aircraft, experimental kits, and aircraft engines. A
range of propellers, designed to complement Jabiru engines, is being
At peak production, Jabiru produces airframes
at the rate of 20 per month and engines at the rate of 90 per month.
Jabiru has delivered more than 1,670 airframes and 6,500-plus engines,