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2 years 4 months ago #11014 by Dave Van Meter
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does anyone know of a mechanic that works on Rotax 503’s, in or around Cumberland, Md.?

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2 years 4 months ago #11015 by kevin kirkendall
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I don't know of any around that area, but there is a good guy with reasonable prices I have dealt with before. His name is Joe Grahek in Cadillac MI. He can send you a shipping crate to fedex the engine to him. You can also contact Roger Lee the administrator of this site who works on Rotax. His website is listed under his name. He can talk to you about shipping details if you can't find anyone local.

Joes email is:

joegrahek@netonecom.net

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2 years 4 months ago #11016 by Dave Van Meter
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That would be a last resort, and I am not there yet. I am stating to see the down side to this sport, and my feet have not left the ground. This sucks!

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2 years 4 months ago #11017 by kevin kirkendall
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Dave,

That choice is up to you. I hope you don't give up on your dreams because of a few bumps in the road early on. People have been wishing they could fly for 200,000 years. People today wish they could fly but live in poverty and will never have the means to do it. You live in the greatest country, with beautiful scenery, and already have a plane. When you are lying in a nursing home years from now, remembering the high points in your life, and your regrets, how will you view your decision about flying?

That is what I ask myself. I got discouraged after an engine failure which required a full engine rebuild, and I had to rebuild the fuselage also. I gave up flying for a few years, but thought about the above statement and got back on the horse. I'm glad I did. It's so amazing seeing the earth drop away below your feet, and seeing the world from a totally different perspective. I always feel so good after flying. It clear my head and your problems melt away.

If money is tight, you could ask around for a good Jet ski mechanic. The technology is similar.

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Dave Van Meter wrote: That would be a last resort, and I am not there yet. I am stating to see the down side to this sport, and my feet have not left the ground. This sucks!

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2 years 4 months ago #11018 by Dave Van Meter
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It is not the money, not yet but at this rate I can see that happening in the future. I have tried to have a sea doo mechanic look at the motor, but when you mention what it is attached to they will not consider it, liability issues I guess. Still searching through Craigslist, have found a guy with a mechanical engineering degree who specializes in electronics. Waiting for travel expense money quote.

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2 years 4 months ago #11019 by RotaxOwner Admin
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Have you checked the online directory for iRMTs here: rotaxirmt.com/ ?

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8 months 2 weeks ago #15440 by Philip Bailey
Philip Bailey replied the topic: Mechanic
Any suggestions for a shop to do the same quality job that Roger Lee describes here on the east coast? Can go from New England to Florida. Also, if the Flight Design aircraft has exceeded the rubber replacement timeline by a year and the annual inspection is overdue, is a ferry permit required to get it the shop?

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8 months 2 weeks ago - 8 months 2 weeks ago #15442 by Roger Lee
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Hi Philip,

If you are past the annual date then yes a ferry permit is technically needed. Don't worry about the hose part of it to just fly to a mechanic. Where do you actually live and maybe we can be more specific with helping find a mechanic.
Here are two sites to check out for mechanics:

www.rainbowaviation.com/repairman.htm

rotaxirmt.com/

Roger Lee
LSRM-A & Rotax Instructor & Rotax IRC
Tucson, AZ Ryan Airfield (KRYN)
520-574-1080 Home (TRY HOME FIRST)
520-349-7056 Cell
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8 months 2 weeks ago #15444 by Philip Bailey
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Thanks Roger,

I was impressed by your ability to do such a though job at a very reasonable rate. I agree with removing the engine and replacing the mounts. I'll be looking for a shop that follows your example.

Phil

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8 months 2 weeks ago #15453 by Roger Lee
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Hi Philip,

Have I seen this plane? If so who's name was it under?

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Tucson, AZ Ryan Airfield (KRYN)
520-574-1080 Home (TRY HOME FIRST)
520-349-7056 Cell

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8 months 2 weeks ago #15459 by Philip Bailey
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Roger,

I split my time between Florida and New England so anyplace on the east coast would work for me.

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