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JetCat - your smartest choice
for model turbine power

New technology brings business start-ups and unfortunately some failures. However, it appears that the model jet engine business has stabilized and it is clear that the JetCat company has earned its dominance in the marketplace.
The performance and quality of the engines along with the absolute best electronics in the industry are just part of the reason.
JetCat USA, under the direction of Bob Wilcox, is "The rest of the story." This California establishment represents a serious investment in space, machinery, professional office management and a thoroughly knowledgeable staff.
Service after the sale is a reality with this company. It is this shining element of "JetCat USA" that negates any would be savings if one opts for a less expensive competitive product, especially if that product does not have a "real company" in the USA to back it up.
The first time you have to send your engine "offshore" for repair, that savings is more than compromised, and, how do you put a value on your "down time" while you wait. If it is a complex mechanical and electronic device, (and jet engines surely are) you know the odds are, it is going to need service sometime.
BVM has sold hundreds of JetCat engines and not one has been returned because of user dissatisfaction. That's because JetCat USA test runs every single engine that has already received a thorough quality control check at the German factory.
Should your engine ingest F.O.D. or experience crash damage, it is completely rebuilt to original standards at JetCat USA and returned to you most expeditiously, and, the repair is done right the first time.
For the last 5 years, JetCat USA customers have come to rely on this speedy and accurate service.
The BVM factory demo models, all 14 of them, are powered with JetCat engines and some have over 300 uneventful flights. We choose JetCat power for the ultimate dependability. We just don't have time to waste on engine problems.

Why choose a JetCat product?

There are many things to consider when selecting a model turbine power plant. A level of trust must extend between the supplier and the customer. At JetCat, we take great pains to earn this trust. We have produced this flier in order to tell you more about JetCat products, and hopefully to help you make a more informed decision with any purchase you make.

  • Quality Assurance
    Quality in design and production has always been a fundamental principal at JetCat. This commitment to quality is something you as a JetCat customer can count on, and something that you will increasingly appreciate as your enjoyment in the product continues through years of trouble free use.
  • Engineering Capability
    JetCat is the only turbine manufacturer that can perform all the required Engineering Design and Development with dedicated JetCat employees. This capability includes mechanical, tooling, mold, electronic, and software design.
  • Design Excellence
    JetCat constantly develops and evaluates new components in order to improve the performance of the system. This experimental development has resulted in turbines that achieve the highest performance in the world, combined with the highest reliability. Remember, Quality cannot be "tested" or "inspected" into a system; it must be designed in from the start.
  • Performance
    Through careful attention to proper engineering principals, JetCat has succeeded in developing the highest performance turbines in the world. This performance is demonstrated by high thrust to weight ratio, rapid throttle response and easy operation. JetCat revolutionized the industry with the introduction of AutoStart Technology over 5 years ago.
  • Electronic Control Unit (ECU)
    The JetCat ECU features "closed loop" control of the turbine, resulting in better starts, smoother idle, rapid (and safe) acceleration and excellent overall handling. The JetCat ECU offers some unique features including a fully integrated speed sensor that offers not only the classic speed limiting functions required by the AMA, but also provides other advanced user modes like "cruise control" mode or even converting the throttle stick to a "speed stick". No other ECU on the market comes close to matching the advanced design of the JetCat ECU. Smooth auto starts, easy of use, integrated speed control, integrated GPS... the JetCat ECU has it all.
  • After Sales Service and Support
    In 2001 JetCat USA opened in California, with noted model jet pioneer Bob Wilcox as Partner and General Manager, for the expressed purpose of supporting the US customer. Tens of thousands of dollars have been invested in manufacturing and repair equipment, test facilities, employee training and the like. We believe this level of commitment is crucial for your enjoyment of JetCat products.
  • Customer Satisfaction
    And finally, there is no better reason to buy JetCat than to have the support of a fellowship of other modelers that have already experienced the JetCat difference. Not only does JetCat have a nationwide support network of sales and service representatives, we also have hundreds of satisfied customers. Whenever you see modelers enjoying turbine powered aircraft, chances are they will be flying JetCat. Take an opportunity to talk to a JetCat customer and see for yourself.


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New improved P-80/P-120 bypass tube. Notice the slight bulge to accommodate the front end of a JetCat engine. This increased area works well for F-86 and T-33/F-80 installations. JetCat Bypass tube

JetCat Limited Warranty

        1.) The limited warranty term has been extended to 3 years for parts and labor.

        2.) The limited warranty follows the turbine, no matter who owns it. No transfer charges ever! This helps protect your investment by ensuring maximum resale value.

        3.) Our new 3 year limited warranty is effective as of Sept. 1, 2007. All new JetCat USA SEs sold from May 1, 2007 feature the new limited warranty effective from the date of purchase. Current original SE owners already have the new limited warranty!

        4.) We all know that (unfortunately) if we fly, we will eventually have a crash. Under the new limited warranty, once any turbine crash damage is repaired, the balance of the warranty term is still in effect.

        To maintain warranty coverage, all the current owner needs to do is make sure the standard 25 hour interval service is performed. JetCat USA is offering an option to buy a service voucher for the first 25 hour service at a fixed cost of $250 for thrust turbines and $300 for helicopter or two stage turbines. This ensures the first 50 hours of service will cost you no more than $250/$300.

 Fixed cost service voucher conditions:

  1. The service voucher must be purchased directly from JetCat USA.

  2. Must be purchased within 30 days of turbine purchase. Current JetCat USA owners have until Oct. 31st if they choose to purchase a service voucher

  3. The service voucher is valid for up to 4 years. It can be used even if the turbine has not archived 25 hours of use within the 4 year term. This gives the customer up to 1 year past the limited warranty period to receive a fixed cost service if the first 25 hour service interval had not been reached.

  4. To prevent any extra service charges, the turbine must be serviced no later than the recommended 25 hour service interval.

  5. The service voucher can only be used with the turbine it is registered with.

  6. The service voucher is transferable if the turbine is sold but the new owner must register the transfer within 30 days.

  7. If the turbine is crashed or damaged, the service voucher can be applied as partial payment if the service voucher value is equal to or less than the repair cost.

  8. If the turbine is destroyed because of a crash or other damage, the service voucher can be re-registered to a similar replacement turbine if purchased directly from JetCat USA. This is limited to the original service voucherís 4 year term.

Important for DX-7 users
We have had several problems with our Learn R/C set up procedure with these radios. Please follow the following procedures to properly Learn R/C and test the failsafe.

  • Set the End Points to +/- 100% for the throttle channel.

  • Put in the Binding plug and learn the failsafe for low throttle / low trim.

  • Remove binding plug and reset the End Points to +/- 50%. This is very important since our normal +/- 75% does not work reliably.

  • Learn R/C.

  • Test failsafe by shutting off the transmitter and making sure you see the 'F' appear on the GSU top center display.

Putting the End Points to +/- 50% still gives you about 500 throttle settings for the total stick travel.

Titan SE and P120 SE turbines
Introduced at Florida Jets 2007, the new P120 SE and Titan SE engines were quite the hit. They were demonstrated on John Redman's KingCat and Tam Jets F18 and F16. John, Dave Presta and Russ Giordano really demonstrated the fast throttle response, power and reliability. During the event many pilots asked if there older JetCat engines could be updated. Well the answer is, some can! Some of the mechanical updates have been in our P120 and Titans since October 2005 manufacture. These engines should only require a few modifications and ECU updates. Older engines would not be economically practical to update to the SE versions.

The following serial numbers are updatable>
P120 serial #1996 and newer.
Titan serial #0896 and newer.
The cost for updating is $300.00 + return shipping if your ECU has removable throttle and auxiliary input cables. Otherwise a new V6.0 ECU processor board must be installed for an additional $120.00.
Please note: These updates are for the SE conversion only and must be made on well maintained engines. 

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