|Christian Muhdigler, BRP Inc., during his second AirVenture visit.
Who doesn’t love milestones and birthdays?
Rotax Aircraft Engines, a division of BRP Inc., achieved two here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh: the sale of its 40,000th four-stroke 912/914 engine and the 15th anniversary of the 115-hp 914 turbo engine.
Here’s another milestone—and it’s a whopper: This four-stroke line of aviation engines has logged more than 24 million hours in the air.
Even bigger, Rotax has produced more than seven million engines for all BRP products.
Improvements in 912/914 engine design allowed Rotax to raise the TBO of the four-stroke engine family.
In 2009 the TBO for the 912 engines was raised to 2,000 hours followed by the 914 in 2010.
The whole range of Rotax engines now in production is approved for use with automotive E10 ethanol fuel and lead-free auto fuel; in places with limited availability of these fuels, 100LL avgas can be used.
We met Christian Mundigler, manager of aviation and cart for BRP-Powertrain GmbH of Gunskirchen, Austria at the Rotax booth on the AirVenture grounds.
Rotax supported EAA’s Young Eagles by donating a 2012 model BRP Ski-Doo MX800 E-TEC to this year’s Gathering of Eagles fundraiser.
And for next year’s AirVenture 2012, Rotax plans a bigger redesigned booth to exhibit its complete range of aviation engines.