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BRP-Powertrain, ROTAX, will introduce a new look and better function to replace the www.rotax-aircraft-engines.com web pages.  The new pages will incorporate an easy search function found on the entry page left corner.  The simple to use general information box in the upper right corner gives direct linkage to the inside of the site with better features and better data.

The new look also introduces the cleaner “SKY BLUE” logo for Rotax Aircraft Engines.  This new color reflects the theme of the new pages, clean and fresh with the sky to explore.  Lets review the main page titles and how they will interact with the visitors to the home page of Rotax Aircraft Engines.

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Rotax releases Alert Service Bulletin ASB-912-060 and ASB-914-043

Rotax released an Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) today.  This ASB is a mandate to check for proper torquing on the oil pump bolts, in a specified range of engines.
Let’s have a look at a few key points:

Q. How many engines does this ASB affect?
A. Well if you purchased your engine in the US, South or Central America’s there will be very few owners affected.  According to the distributor, there are only 2 engines in their area that have been affected.  One of those was still in storage.  If you bought an aircraft from outside this region, please check the ASB.  The range of the affected engines is:
For the 912 U – L from S/N 6,770.461 up to S/N 6,770.462 inclusive
For the 912 ULS from S/N 6,778.908 up to S/N 6,778.932 inclusive/6,778.934 up to 6,778.958 inclusive/6,779.478 up to 6,779.502/6,779.504 up to 6,779.511
For the 914 UL from S/N 6,774.704 up to S/N 6,774.733 inclusive/6,774.861 up to 6,774.869 inclusive.

Q. What does an owner do if he has an engine in this range?
A. This question is easier to answer in point form:
1. They must first make sure his engine is registered.  Any independent Service Centre (iSC) can help him/her with this.
2. To do this check in the United States, on an Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA), an independent Rotax Maintenance Technician (iRMT) with an Light Sport Repairman (LSRM) or  Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate is required.

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Things were a little different at the start of this year’s US Sport Aviation Expo.  Besides the Flag Ceremony and amazing solo of the US national anthem, the Expo had their first fly by – with all the aircraft being Rotax Powered! This was not lost on the presenter when he noted how quiet and neighborhood friendly these aircraft were.  Leading the pack were 2 aircraft from Mike Z.  His Breezers got the job done quiet (pun intended) nicely.  For more info you can check out their site at http://www.breezeraircraftusa.com/

The introduction speech was made by Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturer’s Association or LAMA for short.  He gave a brief history of the light sport movement and praised the US Sport Aviation for being one of the few shows dedicated to Light Sport Aircraft.  Check out http://www.lama.bz/ for more information on this organization.

Stay tuned for all the latest news and photos from the first event of the year!

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Rotax 912 series warranty explained.

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Rotax releases Alert Service Bulletin ASB-912-059 and ASB-914-042

Rotax has released an Alert Service Bulletin regarding potential cracks at the end of the crankshaft on a small number of 912 and 914 engines.

To get the scoop on this we, contacted a representative:

Q: How many engines does the ASB effect?

A: From the serial range given, only a very small number of crankshafts are involved with this inspection.  The engines produced in the last few months of 2010 are the only ones involved and even then it is not every crankshaft that needs inspection.  The maintenance provider needs to check the serial listing carefully to see if the engine is affected by the ASB.  Be careful to check using the correct serial groupings, there is a different release for the certified engines, with the red serial tags.  The UL versions, experimental engines, have a different range and separate bulletin with the letters “UL” in it.  In our records check there are only some 11 engines in the USA sold from the distributor and an additional 3 in Brazil.  All the affected OEM customers have been informed.  (Note: this does not take into account engines that have been imported into the country from overseas.

Q: So how does the whole notification process work?

A: For SLSA, Special Light Sport, the OEM will provide notice directly to the customer as is required under the rules.  The customer needs to contact their point of sale for the aircraft to verify anything they may not understand.  If a customer finds they have an engine in the inspection they will need to make an arrangement with an authorized service provider who has at least a “Maintenance” rating under the iRMT status (independent Rotax Maintenance Technician) from a Rotax approved training class.  In addition the technician will need to understand the correct method of NDT, non-distructive testing, that is to be done.   Under SLSA the responsible person for compliance is the OEM.  The OEM has to provide the guidance to remove the prop, remove any other parts from the plane and carry out the work needed.  The OEM has to do this by law.

Click here for the Alert Service Bulletin for non-certified aircraft and click here for the Alert Service Bulletin for certificated aircraft.

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Aircraft Spruce Acquires California Power Systems

Aviation powerhouse Aircraft Spruce (officially Irwin International Inc.) announced it had recently completed agreements to buy California Power Systems (CPS)( the Rotax independent Service Centre for the western USA); both are California-based enterprises. This shows what CPS had accomplished through 30 years in business but it also shows that Aircraft Spruce remains committed to Light-Sport Aircraft, by far the largest users of the Austrian engine.  For the complete article, please click this link to the Dan Johnson article.

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Released by Rotax® today, is a revision of their Selection of Suitable Operating Fluids Service Instruction.
Coming fresh from the RFSC/iSC booth at AirVenture 2011, this SI answers probably one of the most frequently asked question of the airshow.  What fluids should I use in my Rotax® aircraft engine?  Is there a right oil?  What about if I am using 100LL? If these items are on your mind then this article is for you.  First, you can download this SI, just by clicking on it’s picture in the top left.  Give it a good read.

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Rotax releases new Service Bulletin on crankshaft flywheel washers.

SB-912-058ULToday Rotax released a new set of new Service Bulletins for the type 9 series engines.  The issue found was a hardness problem with the crankshaft protection washer under the bolt and locking washer holding the flywheel in place.  Given that Rotax wishes to ensure no problems will be seen in the flied they have decided to replace all washers that were in that lot of materials.  This then is only applicable to a serial range of engines and will not affect older engines or any newer ones after that serial range.

4 bulletins were released, 2 for the certified engines, the type 912S series and the 914F series.  2 additional bulletins were released for the 912UL series and the 914UL series.  Technicians doing the replacements will want to make sure they refer to the correct bulletin, to attain the serial range that is to receive the SB modification.  New parts are already being distributed and many of the engines affected were still in the inventories of the Rotax Aircraft Engines distributors.

Owners and Rotax iRMT ( independent Rotax Maintenance Technicians), are reminded to check the engine log books and verify if the engine has already complied to the bulletin, as a large number were done at the distributor level prior to supply to the OEM and customers.  If the part change must be done on an engine in the field the log book must have an entry to indicate that the serial involved has been done in compliance with the bulletin.

The Rotax network of distributors and independent Service Centres will have details of any warranty coverage, should replacement of the washer be needed.  Contact your service provider if you have questions or do not understand the bulletin.


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New Source for Rotax Aircraft Engine Owners to Find Service Providers

Rotax Flying & Safety Club has completed updates to the web pages of RFSC Rotax iRMT (independent Rotax Maintenance Technician) currently trained for work on the BRP-Powertrain®, Rotax® brand, aircraft engines.  The website is www.RotaxiRMT.com

Over the past 3 years the Rotax® requirements of worldwide training of technicians to uniform standards has been lead by RFSC, Ltd.  RFSC now has added an important tool to assist owners in locating technicians who can perform service, maintenance and heavy maintenance work. The network of iRMT trained by RFSC is the largest in the world and growing each month.  Currently some 500 individuals are listed that comply with the standards for iRMT.  Owners only need to do a search of the city or state where they reside, or need service in, and they can locate the nearest qualified iRMT who can help.  Each iRMT is listed with their qualifications. Only current technicians can be found on the site as each iRMT is required to maintain their rating by recurrent training every 24 months.

In addition, the web pages will give contact information on the locations of more than 65 independent Repair Centres.  These facilities are authorised by their respective regional Rotax® independent Service Centres and meet standards that parallel FAR part 145 Repair Stations.

RFSC Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas, is comprised of 8 independent training centres.  Each works under guidelines from RFSC that comply with the Rotax® standards for iRMT training.   The founder of RFSC, Eric Tucker, has over 44 years of experience with Rotax® and more than 28 years working with their aviation engines.  In the past 3 years, since the beginning of the iRMT programme, RFSC Instructors have issued over 1700 specialty ratings to some 900 participants.  

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Whether you are looking for that romantic getaway or just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the government of the Bahamas wants to let you know they welcome LSA aircraft and pilots on to their islands.  That was the message from  Mike Zidziunas of Breezer Aircraft USA and Greg Rolle from the government of the Bahamas.  Mike Z has been very enthusiastic about flying from Florida to New Providence and many other islands ever since it was announced that the Bahamian government had relaxed some of it’s laws to allow LSA aircraft owners to come and enjoy the islands.  In fact, he has flown his Rotax powered Breezer Aircraft (Click Here) to the islands so many times and arranged many group flights, that he is now the official LSA ambassador for the Bahamas.  Mike Z says because of the fuel efficiency of the  Rotax engine, it allows him to get into the smaller islands where fuel is not as freely available.

Both gentlemen gave a very interesting presentation to LSA owners on what was required to fly internationally, over the open water and what paperwork and steps were involved.  For more information and some amazing videos, click here.


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