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Thursday, 22 July 2021 00:33

MARKET TRANSITION TO 4-STROKE ENGINES RESULTS IN STOP OF PRODUCTION OF 2-STROKE ROTAX 582 UL AIRCRAFT ENGINE

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Gunskirchen, Austria, July 19th, 2021 – BRP-Rotax announced that it will stop the production of the legendary 2-stroke Rotax 582 UL aircraft engine by end of 2021. This decision has been taken considering the nearly full transition of the light and ultralight aircraft market towards 4-stroke aircraft engines.


“The Rotax 582 UL engine is the last 2-stoke aircraft engine in series production and was definitely part of our company success in the past,” said Peter Oelsinger, General Manager BRP-Rotax / Member of the Management Board, Vice President Sales, Marketing RPS-Business & Communications. “The decision however reflects the market reality. Almost 100% of the customers demand 4-stroke aircraft engines; a demand that we can definitely fulfill with our range of innovative and high-quality 4-stroke aircraft engines,” he added.


The Rotax 582 UL will still be available via the Rotax authorized distribution network worldwide as long as the existing stock at the distributors lasts. Following its excellent service standards, the company and its network will continue to provide technical service for all existing Rotax 582 UL customers and aims to provide Rotax genuine spare parts availability up to 10 years after stop of production.

Q&A


Q: What are the reasons for the stop of production of the ROTAX 582 UL aircraft engine??


A: The decision reflects the market reality and transition towards 4-stroke aircraft engines.


A: The decreasing demand over the past years for the 2-stroke Rotax 582 UL aircraft engine also caused a shortage of parts and brought the situation that a requalification of many suppliers would be unprofitable.


Q: Can another company take over the series production of the Rotax 582 UL aircraft engine?


A: From an economical point of view - no; a transition of the manufacturing and production would not be profitable as the investment in new parts, production drawings, new casting tools (as some of the existing ones need replacement) as well as the search and qualification of new suppliers, etc. w
ould represent a total investment well above any potential profits  - or else would require sale prices well above market acceptance.


Q: How long will ROTAX 582 UL aircraft engines be available?


A: The Rotax 582 UL will still be available via the ROTAX authorized distribution network worldwide as long as the existing stock at the distributors lasts.


Q: Will Rotax Genuine parts for Rotax 582 UL aircraft engines still be available?


A: Rotax genuine parts availability for Rotax 582 UL is aimed to be provided for up to 10 years after stop of production.


Q: Will there still be provided customer service for Rotax 582 UL aircraft engines?


A: Following its excellent service standards, technical service for all existing Rotax 582 UL customers will be still provided via the Rotax authorized distributors or their independent Service Centers.

 

With more than 190.000 aircraft engines sold and a global operating 4-stroke-fleet of more than 50.000 aircraft engines, Rotax aircraft engines lead the light sport and ultralight aircraft market. Rotax offers a worldwide network consisting of 16 Rotax authorized aircraft engine distributors and more than 220 points of sales and service supporting 270 OEMs with more than 400 Rotax powered models and customers worldwide. Therefore Rotax aircraft engines are supplied to more than 80% of all aircraft manufacturer in its segment.  

 

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