Thursday, 1 July 2010

Rotax rules...

The Tecnam P2006T turned a few eyes at AeroExpo, but its engines also raised quite a few eyebrows.

To some pilots who have spent hundreds or thousands of hours behind Lycomings or Continentals, Rotax spells trouble. They immediately think of the early, two-stroke engines rather than the current batch of four-stroke wonders. Sadly, pilots with tens of hours who get their disinformation from others often share the same view.

The four-stroke Rotax engines, 912, 912S and 914 are bloody great engines that enjoy a 2,000hr TBO and a high level of reliability. If I ever get around to crossing the Atlantic in a piston aeroplane, I'd be quite happy to do it behind a Rotax.

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