I'd like to know if Rotax plans anything like a factory authorized repairman's certificate.

Why? some A&P's keep telling you that we ultralights guys don't know anything about engines and that they maintain Rotax 912's the "right" way, after all they know Lycoming engines, huh? - only when you look at what they do, some just do oil swaps, don't read the manuals, and wait for service instructions to tell them what to do.
Since I do some 912 maintenance for others I'd like to know if there's any training which Rotax does
hand out a piece of paper for - not that *paper* makes me any more clever ;-) but you get the picture.
  • Re: Rotax mechanic's certficate planned?

    by » 13 years ago

    Johan, I am a Aeronautical Engineer and a A&P Mechanic. I attended Ronnie Smith's Rotax RFSC School in Lucedale,MS and obtained a IRMT certificate in Rotax Service and IRMT certificate in Rotax Maintenance. I can assure it it is far more than handing out a certificate. I have worked on Lycoming and Continental engines for over 40 years and thought I new alot about engines. While taking the cources I found I didn't even know the proper way to change oil. I took the cources to work on my own plane with a Rotax 912 and feel it is the best thing I could ever have done to have a better understanding the principals of servicing and maintaining my engine properly. I would highly recommend you attend Ronnie's school. It will be the best investment you will ever make. In addition, you will gain a lot of respect as to the quality built into the Rotax engine. I certainly feel better flying behind mine afet going to the school.

    Thank you said by: Daniel Grotte

  • Re: Rotax mechanic's certficate planned?

    by » 13 years ago

    Hi Johan,

    I'm with you as far as some A&P's do not know Rotax and only think they do. I have fixed many a mechanic's work because he treated the Rotax like a Continental or a Lycoming. An uneducated worker can cause expensive damage at times. I'm with Richard as far as I think everyone with a Rotax should take a Rotax class from one of the distributors. Even if you don't do your own maint. then at least you know what is right or wrong and can verbally assist the A&P or know if what they are doing is the correct thing to do. I applaud everyone who takes a class especially a long time A&P.

    Education, Education, Education

    It only helps you be better.

    Roger Lee
    LSRM-A & Rotax Instructor & Rotax IRC
    Tucson, AZ Ryan Airfield (KRYN)
    520-349-7056 Cell

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