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Operation Cub Killer Part 1 – Trent Palmer

 

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SPY PHOTOS – Subtle changes to an amazing aircraft….

We just happened to sneak a few photos of the RS AEROTECH / PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE SEAREY making its trip to this year’s 2018 Sun-n-Fun International Fly-In Expo.  This has always been a very sexy plane to look at, but smart eyes will see a few new features …..

To see this aircraft close up … come down to SE15 near the entrance to this years Sun-n-Fun Fly-In.  In case you are not familiar with this special project … click here.

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Rotax independent Service (iSC) and Training Centre (iTC) booth is slowly coming alive ….

Lakeland Florida.  You can almost feel the excitement brewing with the Sun-n-Fun airshow less than a week away.  The amazing team at Lafayette Tent and Awning have got the Rotax iSC and iTC tent up already. 

Next to arrive will be the display setup team and with them the brand new Rotax 915iS engine.  This 141hp engine was just released earlier this year and already has a strong following.  Once the display is in place, the classroom will be setup behind the booth.  Daily information sessions are planned (except Thursday).  In the morning RFSC instructor Ronnie Smith will host a get to know your Rotax engine session. This will be a perfect place to ask questions.  In the afternoon, RFSC instructor Nino Tavio will have an information session for owners (and OEMs) that are wanting to install the fuel injected Rotax engines. On Thursday there will be an iRMT Renewal Course – contact Lockwood Aviation Supply to sign up)

Last not least, there will be two Rotax 915iS equipped aircraft on display out front. 

During show hours technical representatives from all the major iSC’s will be on hand to assist you with your questions.

The Rotax iSC/iTC team is looking forward to meeting you in SE15 (that’s right across from the main entrance).

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Rotax TECH TIPS SB Replacement of oil filter

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ROTAX RELEASES VIDEO ON INSPECTION and/or REPLACEMENT of the VALVE PUSH ROD ASSY.

Today, Rotax released a ROTAX TECH TIPS video regarding SB-912-070/SB-912 i-008/ SB-914-052.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/MQbjDV1xKIg

The video gives a more detailed overview of the SB’s and how to implement them.

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SEAREY ATD UPDATE: AirVenture 2017

Oshkosh (WI), 07/24/2017 – RS Aerotech, Ltd. will show the Searey Advanced Technology Demonstrator (Searey ATD) with the new Rotax 915 iS engine at the Rotax booth during Airventure 2017. The Searey amphibious land/seaplane, produced as an S-LSA by Progressive Aerodyne of Tavares (FL) is used for long time flight testing of the Rotax 9 series iS engines, MT propellers and future-oriented electronic aircraft systems designed by RS Aerotech. The modified Searey ATD has been equipped with a single lever constant speed propeller control system (SLC), and a CANaerospace-based flight data acquisition and recording system.

The Searey ATD automatically transmits engine and flight data via any 2G/3G/4G network worldwide. This data is continuously stored on a remote computer server to generate an engine health monitoring data base, thereby introducing the LSA world to the technology of large transport aircraft. This technology will be available for all Rotax 9 iS series engines soon.

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FREE ROTAX INFORMATION SESSIONS AT AIRVENTURE 2017

Oshkosh Update:
The Rotax Flying and Safety Club will be offering free information sessions in the Rotax iSC and iTC booth (265) at AirVenture again this year!

There are two different sessions:

  1. ROTAX FAMILIARISATION, is a 1 hour information and question session giving you an overview of Rotax, it’s product lines and the service and support structure.
    This is perfect for new Rotax aircraft owners, enthusiasts or those wanting to find out what engine would work best for their needs. 
    The session will take place from 10am – 11:15am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
    Seating is limited to 10 people.
    To sign up, simply click the day above that you would like to attend.
  2. ROTAX 912iS INSTALLATION, is a 1 hour information and question session giving an overview of the Rotax 912iS installation.  This is a perfect session for those wishing to install the Rotax 912 fuel injected engine.
    The session will take place from 1pm – 2:15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
    Seating is limited to 10 people.
    To sign up, simply click the day above that you would like to attend.

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SEAREY ATD on display at the Rotax iService and Training Centres Booth (SE15)

Photo: Eric TuckerLakeland (FL), 04/04/2017 – RS Aerotech of Nassau/Bahamas, Progressive Aerodyne Searey of Tavares/Florida and MT Propeller of Straubing/Germany have teamed up and created the Searey Advanced Technology Demonstrator (Searey ATD). The combined land/seaplane is certified in the experimental category and will be used for long time testing of new engines, propellers and electronic systems. For this purpose, the Searey ATD has been equipped with a state-of-the-art flight data acquisition and recording system which combines engine data with aircraft and navigation data.

The Searey ATD is strongly supported by BRP-Rotax and uses their 9 series iS aero engines exclusively, providing valuable data for future engine developments. At present, the Searey ATD has a Rotax 912iS Sport engine, an MTV-34 propeller and an MT-853-12 propeller governor installed. Immediately after Sun & Fun 2017, the 912iS will be replaced by the new Rotax 915iS for performance comparison and long-term flight tests.

For the first time in the light sport aircraft category, the Searey ATD offers a single-lever operated constant speed propeller, which significantly improves performance and dramatically reduces power management complexity for the pilot. The highly automated system is based on the EMU 912iS Engine Management Unit and the MT propeller/governor combination.

Another first is the capability of the Searey ATD to automatically transmit its engine and aircraft data via LTE networks worldwide. This data is continuously received and stored on a computer server to generate a data base, which will be used by BRP-Rotax to perform engine health monitoring similar to existing systems in the large transport aircraft world.

The Searey ATD flight test activities are coordinated by RS Aerotech, which operates the aircraft out of its homebase and provides flight test plans, data reduction and analysis. RS Aerotech also generates the flight test reports and organizes the availability of flight test engineers and test pilots.

The unique Bahamian style paint scheme of the Searey ATD was created by Mirco Pecorari (www.aircraftstudiodesign.com), with the actual paint job being done by Recreational Mobility (www.seareyspecialist.com).

The Searey ATD is on display at the Rotax tent SE-015, Progressive Aerodyne Searey can be found on stand MD-028B, MT Propeller in Hangar A on stand A-081. For further information, please refer to:

www.rsaerotech.com
www.flyrotax.com
www.searey.com
www.mt-propeller.com

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A quick visit with Rodrigo Scoda of Super Petrel (LD002)

Rodrigo Scoda - Photo: Eric TuckerOnce of the great things about Sun-n-Fun is that you never know who you are going to meet.  While wandering to find lunch, a voice calls our names and we turn and there is the ever friendly Rodrigo Scoda of Super Petrel.  For those of you that haven’t heard of the Super Petrel, here are a few key bits of information.

First, the Petrel has been around for about 20 years now.  That’s a long time to perfect things.  The Super Petrel is an amphibious Biplane, with very sleek styling.  It is powered with a reliable and fuel efficient Rotax Aircraft Engine.

So why a Biplane?  Glad you asked …
First, it provides efficient lift.  Second, along with the efficient lift, having a lower wing means that the aircraft remains in ground effect longer during take off and this is important as it means it can accelerate to climb airspeed quickly after it leaves the water.
Another thing you might notice – it has NO FLAPS.  Because of the lift, it has a very low stall speed. So low, it does not need flaps.

There are many unique features to this aircraft.  Ahh, but I digress… after speaking with Rodrigo for a few minutes, he could not hold in the fact, that they are preparing to receive the new Rotax 915iS engine.  It will mean a lot of development and testing – but he is so excited about it.

So if you are in the area, come on down and say hi.  We are sure you will love the aircraft and enjoy talking with one of the most enthusiastic people we know.  They are in booth LD002 (near the food court).  If you are not at the show, you can find them online at https://superpetrelusa.com/

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Rotax Information Sessions at SNF 2017

Things will be very at the Rotax iService and Training Centre booth (SE15 – near the main entrance gate)

Here is the 2017 Daily Event Guide: Note – registration in booth is required for each information session as space is limited to 10 participants.  For the iRMT RENEWAL course, please contact LOCKWOOD AVIATION at 863-655-5100.

BOOTH SCHEDULE

TUESDAY     10:00 – 11:00 – ROTAX Familiarisation *
13:00 – 14:00 – ROTAX 912iS Installation Information *    
WEDNESDAY   10:00 – 11:00 – ROTAX Familiarisation*
13:00 – 14:00 – ROTAX 912iS Installation Information*
THURSDAY   8:00 – 17:00 – RFSC iRMT RENEWAL COURSE**
FRIDAY   10:00 – 11:00 – ROTAX Familiarisation*
13:00 – 14:00 – ROTAX 912iS Installation Information*
SATURDAY   10:00 – 11:00 – ROTAX Familiarisation*
SUNDAY   No scheduled courses

 * The information sessions are free, however seating is limited.  Please register in Booth SE15.
 ** There is a charge for the Renewal Programme and space is limited to 10 people.  You must contact LOCKWOOD AVIATION at 863-655-5100 before the start of the show.

PARADISE CITY SCHEDULE

TUESDAY      
WEDNESDAY   10:30 – 11:45 – Rotax Engines-2 stroke maintenance tips with PHIL LOCKWOOD
THURSDAY   10:30 – 11:45 – Rotax 912/914 Service & Operating Tips with PHIL LOCKWOOD
FRIDAY    
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