Maintenance Matters

December 2011 Issue

Rotax 912s have become all but the standard powerplant for light sport aircraft, with some inroads into the experimental market. The market for overhauls is developing, albeit slowly.

Rotax Overhauls: Simple Options

The good news is that you probably won’t need cylinders, but you’ll always get a new crank. Buying a factory-new exchange is sometimes a practical choice.

When Diamond introduced the two-seat Katana to North America in 1995, it might as well have been powered by alien technology. The 81-HP Rotax 912F3 was about as familiar to aircraft mechanics as brain surgery is to a plumber. But all that has changed. Rotax has made serious market inroads and with the advent of light sport aircraft, it has become more familiar to maintenance shops and an overhaul infrastructure has sprouted. In North America, there are two sources for full overhauls. Rotech Research in British Columbia owns the North American territory and in Sebring, Florida, Lockwood Aviation Supply is a Rotech dealer for overhauls.

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