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EFI FAQ!

We have have been getting several reoccurring questions:

How much is it?
Pricing is currently not available.  Bear in mind the the following:
– The iS comes standard with the electric fuel pump pack, ASTM qualified, to the fire requirements.
– The iS also has a complete exhaust system.
– The iS has a Rotax ring mount.
– The iS incorporates an air-box on the engine.
– The iS has a 430 charging system dedicated to the airframe side (430/13.7=32 amps) which is double the  size of the current ULS. (so no real need for external alternator)

Can I retro-fit the injection to the engine?
NO, it is a new engine with new block, crankshaft, ignition to name a few parts.  More than 60% of the parts in the iS have new part numbers or are newly created just for this engine.

Can I retro-fit this into my existing aircraft?
Perhaps, but the recommended method is to have the OEM, (airframe producer) proof the first installation and make the recommendation.  The fuel system and electrical system have significant differences.

When is it available?
Some engines will be coming soon, currently the ones on hand are for OEM to do first installations and proof the airframe.  Serial production starts in a few months.

Can I still get the 912ULS?
YES, the iS engine is an addition to the fleet, not a replacement.  In some cases this engine may not suit the aircraft.  In some cases the additional cost is not desirable.  (low cost kit buyers may wish to keep the kit prices as low as possible.)

What fuel does it require?
The same fuel as used in the standard ULS is acceptable, min. 91 octane AKI rating.  E10 fuel with the same knock rating is also acceptable and 100LL is acceptable.

Owners will require specialized instruments for the installation, these will be available shortly.  Details will be ready by Sun n Fun.

Remember – keep checking http://www.flyrotax.com for new information.

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ROTAX RELEASES EFI AIRCRAFT ENGINE!

Today, BRP announced that they will  add an electronic fuel injected model to their successful 912 line of aircraft engines.

Called the 912 iS, it will fall into the 100 hp category.  So, will this be the end of the carb models we know and love?  The feedback we have been given is, NO.  The 912 iS will not be a replacement for the 912 ULS, rather the factory will keep producing new models.

Will there be a cost increase in this new engine compared to the 912 ULS?  YES.  While we have not been given a suggested retail price, the engine comes with many things that are not included with the 912 ULS.  A ring mount and exhaust system for starters.  Then 2 fuel pumps and a whole bunch of electronics.  We figure it would a lot like purchasing a 914UL.

From what we see, the fuel consumption of the new engine has been reduced.  At 5 gallons per hour, the 912 ULS was the class leader.  Now they are boasting 4 gallons per hour on it’s younger sibling!  When you consider the 912 iS has the same TBO –  that means over the life of the engine, you will use 2000 gallons less fuel.  With fuel hovering at the 4 dollar a gallon mark, that makes it $8000.00 cheaper to run.

Well, if you think this is going to be a game changer in the big scheme of things, we do too!  Right now there is not a lot of detailed information out there.  Here is what we know:

– The website for the new engine is http://flightevolution.com
– If you want to see the engine in real life, come to SUN-N-FUN 2012.  It will be in the LSA Mall area, just across from the main entrance.  The space number is SE-001.

We will keep you updated with all the new information, so stay tuned.

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RFSC, Ltd. issues it 2nd STAFF INSTRUCTOR rating.


Eric Tucker, Training Director of RFSC, Ltd. welcomes Ronnie Smith as the 2nd person to have an RFSC STAFF Instructor rating.

Prior to receiving this rating, Mr. Smith, ran South Mississippi Light aircraft, which at one time was a Rotax independent Service Centre and now is an independent Master Repair Centre.

Besides this, Mr. Smith has many years experience in maintaining and building aircraft.  These years of experience will be an asset to all students taking a course with him.

With this rating Mr. Smith will take over part of the 2 Stroke Maintenance, 912 Service and 912 Maintenance courses Mr. Tucker has been doing.  Please contact the RFSC for all updates and bookings.

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ROTAX RELEASES NEW WEBSITE

WWW.FLYROTAX.COM

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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US SPORT AVIATION EXPO 2012

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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SI-912-016 R4 – SELECTION OF SUITABLE OPERATING FLUIDS

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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