Industry News

June 2015 Issue

Inside Rotax: Leveraged Technology

Rotax builds aircraft engines, but its ethos is recreational engines. Its mass-production economics trickle down to lower-volume airplane powerplants.

While companies are defined by what they make, what they decide not to make can be just as distinguishing as the product catalog. And that would be the case with Rotax, the Austrian engine giant that all but owns the light-sport engine market. But a decade ago, flush with success, Rotax drew back from an expensive project to take on Lycoming and Continental with its own six-cylinder engine.

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