In order for aircraft owners to get the most out of their
engines, it is essential to understand proper operation and
Many of the most common engine problems are preventable through
routine maintenance and can ensure an engine reaches its expected
T.B.O. (Time Between Overhaul) benchmark.
Prescribed maintenance procedures can be found in each engine's
respective manual, available online at
http://www.rotax-aircraft-engines.com/. Common evaluations include
spark plug changes, oil changes, and periodical gearbox checks.
More thorough gearbox maintenance is necessary, however, if
aircraft owners choose to use aviation fuel versus the recommended
motorcycle fuel with gear additive.
As the Rotax 912 ULS is a common LSA engine, Aero-TV took the
opportunity to discuss basic engine maintenance at the 2010 Sport
Aviation Expo. Join Aero-TV as Rotax factory-trained technician,
Eric Tucker, explains the fundamentals of routine maintenance in
part one of his two-part series.