My 912iS fuel pumps work and run independently before T/O. Flying with both pumps switched on. After landing, when doing a fuel pump check, turning off AUX. PUMP, engine stops; i.e. MAIN PUMP not working. Recycle MAIN PUMP and it runs. Restart engine and both pumps run OK. All pressures are good both pumps 46psi and 48psi both on. I have been unable to replicate this problem on the ground before a flight. It only occurs after a flight. I have not tried turning the AUX PUMP off in flight, for obvious reasons. Because it only has occured after a flight and because engine has stopped, there is not any power to the fuse box. Pump always starts when battery back or start power switched on. I changed both fuel pump switches without any change.

Any ideas?


    by » 10 months ago

    Not being able to duplicate the problem on the ground is frustrating and makes troubleshooting difficult, but there are some things I would look at. 

    First, it could be a bad fuel pump.  There have been two service bulletins regarding 912iS fuel pump mandatory replacement so make sure you have complied with those.  If I had inspected the fuel pump circuit (see below) and found no problems, I would start with replacing the main pump.  

    If it’s a power problem, then understanding the circuit will help.  The main fuel pump gets (+) power from Fuse #5 in the Rotax Fusebox. From the fuse terminal, power runs through the printed circuit board down through pin #11 of the X1 connector, then straight to the fuel pump via the fuel pump wiring harness.  The X1 connector is the round 16 pin connector on the left side of the fusebox when facing the fusebox cover.  The (-) lead from the fuel pump terminates on the ground plate of regulator A.  It is the (-) side that is manually switched, so you will (should) have 12 volts (+) at the pump when the engine is running in reference to the EMS isolated ground plate regardless if the fuel pump switch is on or off.  You will also have power at the pumps when the start power or emergency power switch is on, and those switches also tie the airframe ground to the EMS ground, so with either of those switches on you can test from the pump positive lead to the airframe and should have power.   

    I would check the the following locations for signs of discoloration and/or heat damage, or just a loose connection:

    1. The connector at the fuel pump.

    2. Pin 11 of the X1 connector. You have to disconnect the connector to look at this.  Be careful when turning the locking collar on the X1 connector and don’t use any tools to do that.  The plastic retaining pins on the lock collar are easily broken.  As a side note, the locking collar can be easily replaced if broken, without changing the connector body itself.

    3. Remove the Rotax fusebox cover and visually inspect the circuit board where the pins from the X1 connector terminate in soldered joints to the printed circuit board. Also inspect the socket for fuse #5.  

    4. All ground connections at the Regulator A grounding plate.

    If you find a problem in the Rotax fusebox, the only repair is a new fusebox.  If you find a problem in the X1 connector, that connector can be replaced on the wiring harness side, but the socket on the fusebox cannot. So if the socket of the fusebox is damaged, your only option is a new fusebox.  If it were me, I would want this sorted out before flying the aircraft.   





    by » 10 months ago

    Thanks Jeff, very helpful.

    The problem is this fault only occurs AFTER a flight. On ground before a flight everything is normal. It is when the AUX pump is turned off after a flight that the engine stops; i,e the main pump is on but not running. When the Back Up is switched on the pump runs, engine can be started and again all checks done and no faults found. The aircraft must be allergic to flying!!!


    by » 10 months ago

    If you have inspected the areas I mentioned in my last post, then the next thing I would do is to swap the connectors on the main and aux pumps and see if the problem stays with the main pump or moves to the aux pump.  That will tell you if you have a circuit problem or a pump problem.  You could also remove the pump pack and send it to a facility with a test bench where they can run them under load for a couple of hours.  Also, have you tried an extended ground run to duplicate the problem? That would be a safer test situation.  Let’s hope it’s not a flying allergy as you suggest ?

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