Rotax Aircraft Engine And Company Reps Will Be At Airventure 2010


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Rotax Aircraft Engine And Company Reps Will Be At Airventure 2010

By Bill Goldston

July 4, 2010 - One of the overwhelming favorite powerplant on Light-Sport Aircraft is the Rotax brand. The company  has announced several major new developments in 2010. Presenting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is Phil Lockwood, one of the most knowledgeable and best known speakers about all things Rotax.

"I'll be giving two talks at AirVenture 2010," said Phil. One talk (Tuesday, July 27 at 10:00 to 11:15 AM in NATCA Pavilion 8) will be about the latest improvements made to the 2010 Rotax 912 and the new 2,000 hour TBO.

In addition, "Rotax has now approved the 115-hp Rotax 914 Turbo for 2,000-hour overhaul," noted Phil. The overhaul period now matches common life cycles for more familiar Continental or Lycoming powerplants. Some say this greatly levels the field among leading engine suppliers.


Phil continued with more news, "I'll be doing a second talk (11:30 AM to 12:45 PM in the Ultralight Forums Tent) about Rotax's two-stroke engines that remain popular with light aircraft." Lockwood will also discuss different fuels in use today including 100LL and the different octane auto fuels with and without Ethanol and how operation is affected. Other commonly asked questions involve oil and the most recent service information.

Airplane mechanics will want to come and broaden their knowledge base," explained Lockwood, "as they can enlarge their customer base by serving the Rotax operator community. In these difficult times, more business is always welcome, but mechanics need training." Additionally, all Rotax owners or operators may benefit by attending Phil's two seminars at AirVenture.

Rotax advises the 2,000-hour TBO applies to all new engines but can be made retroactive to many older engines. In his seminar, Phil explains the changes and informs attendees how they can participate in this ground-breaking change.


Lockwood enterprises have also been deeply involved with testing new oils to work with longer-lived engines and different fuel sources. Offering a first-hand view of the testing and results from these new products, Phil walks his audience through the possibilities. In addition, with concerns about the long-term supply of 100LL avgas, Phil discusses ethanol additives and using premium auto fuel in Rotax engines.

Using his signature presentation, a computer slide show with dozens of detailed photos, Phil delivers his talk on Rotax engine operation, care, and maintenance. Exit interviews from his talks have show those who attend feel they get a great deal of expert information.

Phil will address some of the more common questions such as:

- How does the new 2,000-hour TBO affect me and what do I have to do to gain this advantage?
- What's new with two-stroke Rotax maintenance?
- How will the use of auto fuel containing alcohol affect the 912?
- What kind of maintenance is the owner of a SLSA legally allowed to perform?
- What qualifications & training are required to legally perform non-owner maintenance on SLSA?
- What new oils are advised for use with the Rotax 912?

After hearing Lockwood's presentation, A&P mechanics that wish to gain further engine training can contact Aero Technical Institute (ATI) regarding classes to increase their ability to service Rotax engines. A set of sixteen-hour courses is offered by ATI at the Sebring Airport facilities of Lockwood Aviation.

The 9-series engines from Rotax power an overwhelming majority of Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA). Since 1973 Rotax has delivered more than 125,000 aircraft engines - including more than 30,000 9-series engines - and the company can produce more than 200,000 powerplants annually. Over its history, Rotax has delivered more than 3 million engines of all types.

Lockwood Aviation is the country's largest and busiest service organization for Rotax engines. Part of a family of aviation companies, Lockwood Aviation has long expertise in dealing with the engine series that powers more light sport aircraft than any other.


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