Ylvis – Engine For Gabriel [Official Music Video HD]

On a lighter note … the dream to fly ….

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RS AEROTECH and SEAREY join for high tech testing …


L-R: Michael Stock, Wolfgang Reiser and Adam Yang

We were grateful to have the CEO of Progressive Aerodyne, Mr. Adam Yang and the principals of RS Aerotech join us in the RFSC AirVenture classroom today.   Together and with the help of some very large companies, they are going to be shaping the future of electronics aboard smaller aircraft.

What’s this all about, you ask … Well, today RS Aerotech announced that they have acquired a Progressive Aerodyne Searey LSX for testing platform for advanced technologies linked to the 912iS and 915iS Rotax aircraft engines.  Sounds a little techy and interesting?  Here are the details:

The Searey will be operated in Florida and the Bahamas with the following objectives:

o As a long-time flight test of Rotax 9 series iS aircraft engine in harsh environment (salt water, water spray, high humidity, high temperatures).
o Thanks to Rotax support of this project, the aircraft will be retrofitted with the 915iS as soon as it is available.
o Installation of the EMU 912iS/915iS Engine Management Unit and a Flight Data Acquisition and Recording System.
o Worldwide real-time data interface via cockpit-installed technology developed by RS Aerotech.
o A data server, operated and maintained by RS Aerotech, will allow unrestricted 24/7 access to flight data for post processing and engine health monitoring.
o Optimize the single lever constant speed propeller for Rotax engines with MT propeller by performing the corresponding flight tests.
o Promote the 912iS and 915iS engines by showing the advantages of these engines for seaplanes (which have to overcome more drag) and land airplanes.
o Generate a substantial amount of flight hours, to establish a long term engine data base and provide the basis to develop a toolset for trend analysis of engine data combined with flight state information.

Michael Stock said they choose the SeaRey LSX because it was a stable and safe platform to work on.  The fact that the SeaRey can put down on both land and water (without any fuss) is just and added safety feature.

Mr. Yang was enthusiastic about his company’s involvement on this project.  He mentioned that he is committed to building a long term relationship with Rotax.  This is important and beneficial for Progressive Aerodyne.  We have a very good product and this type of testing will only improve our aircraft in the future.

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EAA AirVenture – UPDATE

There are so many people behind the scenes that make the EAA AirVenture experience come to life each year.  The Rotax iSC/TC booth in spaces 265-267, is a prime example of how important teamwork is.
Phase 1 was started many months ago by the good folks at ArenaAmericas.  Today, Phase 2 arrived.  If you have been viewing this site, you will already know that there will be two information session daily at the Rotax iSC/TC booth. (Note: The info sessions are free, but seating is limited, so please sign up early.) Well, to make this happen, the crew from ModSpace rocked up with this amazing 60′ trailer.  Matt, Nadja, Andrew and Jesus were are critical to making this work so well.

Here is the classroom just after it’s arrival this morning:
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Rotax iService and Training Centres booth at EAA AirVenture slowly taking shape.

Phase one of Rotax iSC/TC booth is slowly starting to take shape for next week’s airshow.  Special thanks to Jessica and the amazing crew at Arena Americas for all their hard work. The booth is located at the cross roads of all four hangers, in booth spaces 265,266 and 267.

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Information Sessions at AirVenture 2016!

2016-07-18_03-33-00EAA Airventure is just about a week away!  We can’t wait to be there!  The Rotax independent Service and Training Centres booth will be in the same spot of main aircraft display area as last year.  Right at the cross roads of the four hangers in spaces 265, 266 and 267.

New this year will be the two daily information sessions.  The first session from 10am-11am gives a general familiarization of Rotax and their various product lines.  The second session from 1:00pm to 2:00pm is geared more towards builders looking to install the Rotax 912iS Sport engine.

The information sessions are provided at no charge, however seating is limited so please book your space at the booth 265.

Click here for the official press release

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Enstone SSDR Rally, UK

For the third year running the UK has celebrated the de-regulated flying sector under the SSDR (Single Seat DeRegulated) rules of the CAA. Compared to the FAA 103 rules, the aircraft have a bit more flexibility, with MTOW set at 300kg (660lbs), and a stall of less than 35kts. There are no fuel nor speed restrictions but you do need a licence to fly one.

Several SSDR aircraft have managed to fit the Rotax 582 as an option, such as the Merlin ‘Cessna on a diet’ on show. However, many engine are filling the gap left by Rotax in the 50hp and less range, such as the Hirth, Polini, Radne Raket (being used on a twin engine concept aircraft), Rotron Wankel engine, and a range of modified and re-drive engines including VW and Briggs and Stratton. Many folks continue to wish for another Rotax 503 as a power plant, and one wonders if Rotax will revisit this power-range with SSDR and related categories experiencing renewed growth at this time. Skydrive UK continues to hold stock of new Rotax 447 engines from the last production run at Rotax a few years ago.
It was particularly interesting to watch a classic aircraft fly under the power of an old Robin engine on a Pterodactyl ultralight machine. Also at the event, the Belite range of aircraft were introduced to the market in the UK for the first time by Patricia Mawuli Porter of Metal Seagulls. She hinted that they may consider trying the Rotax 582 as an option on a Belite SkyDock in the future.
When it comes to innovation, the lighter end of the aviation market is always surprising!

Belite SkyDock 3 view drawing

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ASB-912-069/ASB-914-051 Alert Service Bulletin Released.

2016-07-15_8-46-29Today, Rotax released an Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) – ASB-912-069/ ASB-914-051. Exchange of floats on ROTAX® Engine Type 912, 914 and
2-stroke (Series)

See the table below for more details:

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First news from AeroExpo in the UK!

The AeroExpo event at Sywell Aerodrome, UK, on the 1st to 3rd July 2016 appered to be aimed mainly at the certified end of the light aviation market, and was less well attended than usual. Brexit and the British weather may have had something to do with that. Regardless, the vendors and visitors remained upbeat.. However, Rotax powered aircraft did find their way onto the field, including the non-certified RTF (Ready To Fly) and homebuilt machines.

Here is a selection of images from the event.

Lambert Mission Specs

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Jonathan and Patricia Porter release first in a series of books…

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEWonderful Adversity: Into Africa

The adventure of overcoming misfortune

Wonderful Adversity: Into Africa is the story of Jonathan, a survivor with extraordinary optimism, honesty and energy. Against the odds, he has positively overcome many life changing challenges.

This story starts with Jonathan being expelled from school. Subsequently, accidents and injuries changed his planned career, resulting in him achieving successes in engineering, building and flying light aircraft, whilst working across continents. However, his path to success is laced with adversity.

Wonderful Adversity is the theme of a series of books, aimed at inspiring and motivating the reader through the authors’ personal experiences woven into a story, of which Wonderful Adversity: Into Africa is the first.

You can purchase this book on Amazon by clicking here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1530652812


jp3For those of you that don’t know, Jonathan and Patricia Porter are synonymous with Rotax powered aircraft in Western Africa.   Besides both being contributors to RotaxNews.net, (No, we didn’t get a pre-read of the book and we have to order our own copy.  Hopefully we can get a signature!) and at one time, the Rotax distributor for West Africa.  Working with an organization called Medicine on the Move (http://medicineonthemove.org/) they have shaped communites and changed many lives.

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Rotax SB-912i-006/ SB-912i-006iS – Mandatory Exchange of the Stator Assembly.

statorchangeRotax has released Service Bulletin SB-912 i-006/006iS.  These bulletins require owners to upgrade the stator on their Rotax 912i and 912iS engines to a new optimized stator assembly.

Before we go into the overview, we must remind you that this is a warranty procedure and the best way to start the upgrade process is to contact your local independent Service Centre (iSC), independent Repair Centre (iRC) or Heavy Maintenance rated iRMT.

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