I am a A&P mechanic not currently working in maintenance in central Indiana. I have been looking in to taking the rotax maintenance class and possibly an lsa class.

The rotax class would end up costing me about $3000 or so after travel and time off work.  What I am wondering is if the time and expenses  would be worth it or if as an A&P I am already qualified to perform maintenance on rotax. I know there is a regulation requiring some experience but I'm not sure how much.

As far as I have found through searches there are no iRMT mechanics in Indiana. At least none that are listed. So I'd like to cater to rotax owners and owners of light sport aircraft.

  • Re: Is iRMT worth doing?

    by » 3 months ago

    I would say the Rotax engines are different enough that you would benefit greatly from the iRMT classes.  I myself would never consider taking my engine to an A&P who has not taken the courses.  You might actually find that you get quite a fair amount of business if you will be the only Rotax-qualified mechanic within a certain radius.

  • Re: Is iRMT worth doing?

    by » 3 months ago

    Hi Douglas

    As an A&P you have the FAA rating and under part 65 if you worked under someone who has the training and experience that can count as qualified for the FAA.  Simply having the A&P with no experience in Rotax can get you into a world of problems because there are significant differences however.  Not too many general aviation engines have Bing carburetors or gearboxes on a piston engine.  The ignition is DCDI, dual capacitor discharge ignition and a great many other bits are specialized enough that the Rotax iRMT rating is a valuable tool to show you have the knowledge and approval to work on the engines from the Rotax network.  

    The current problem with the listings is that for the most part everyone expired due to the Covid lapse of the normal training cycles.  In your region LEAF, Leading Edge Air Foils in Wisconsin, will hold a training program cycle starting in October of this year.  Contact them, it is most likely the least expensive for travel from your state and they are near Burlington Wisconsin so expense wise is not too bad to stay at.  If you're located on an airfield and have a business similar to an FBO you may qualify for a specialized repair station qualification under LEAF.  

    I would recommend the Rotax iRMT rating as a great way to supplement your business especially if you're attracting a lot of Rotax powered craft in indiana.  



  • Re: Is iRMT worth doing?

    by » 3 months ago

    I am an A&P with Inspection Authorization and Rotax "Heavy" training, I would suggest that you first download the free 900 series of manuals.  These are free.  After reviewing if you still are interested then you can have them printed.

    The manuals will provide you with the information you need to know in order to see the differences between the other engine manufacturers and the Rotax engine.

    You will also see what Rotax specific tools are going to be required to maintain the engines.

    If you expect to make any money you will have to understand the potential costs vrs. what you expect to charge and if there are any customers in your area.

    Although I have taken the training up to "Heavy", I generally only work on my own airplane/engine.  I make exceptions only when the owners are in a warranty bind.  I have provided specific training to an A&P for gearbox removal, and replacing parts in a warranty service bulletin.  There have been times when owners contact me from time to time, but usually for  oil changes or engine inspections.

    I am retired and do not rely on my aviation addiction for income.  

    My experience is that I would be many thousand dollars in the red if I calculated the amount of money I could make vrs. the cost of specialized equipment plus training.

    Many owners do their own work and only call for assistance when they run into a problem.  I received a call from an owner who said he had taken his engine apart several years ago and recently decided to get it flying again.  He said he was good at taking things apart but not so good at putting it back together again.  He wanted me to look his engine over and make sure all of the "springs and washers" were where they should be.  I declined.

    I would also suggest that you become familiar with the training requirements for Rotax training.  You cannot go from basic to Heavy during the same training period.

    Good Luck on whatever you decide.

    Thank you said by: RotaxOwner Admin

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