|EAA Communities Manager Charlie Becker awards Christian Muhdliger of BRP the Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award. (photo by Marino Boric)
By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent
July 29, 2013 - BRP Rotax Engines was presented with the Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award by the EAA for its outstanding contributions to the advancement of light aircraft design.
The award was presented to Christian Mundigler, manager of Rotax Aircraft Engines, who heads product management and engine lineup.
The Raspet Award, presented every year since 1960 to a person or organization making an outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design, is named for the late Dr. August Raspet, a professor at Mississippi State University and avid light aircraft enthusiast.
"It is an honor for BRP to be awarded the Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award," said Francois Tremblay, marketing director for Rotax aircraft engines. "BRP's history of innovation and excellence, as demonstrated by such products as the Rotax 912 iS aircraft engine, is a good fit with Dr. Raspet's passion for the latest and greatest technology in light aircraft."
The Rotax 912 iS fuel-injected engine is among the most fuel-efficient aircraft engines in the LSA, ultralight aircraft, and the general aviation industry. Recently Rotax unveiled that real-life flight tests are showing a fuel economy improvement of up to 36 percent compared to the carbureted Rotax 912 ULS engine. The digital engine control unit (ECU) system and the redundant electronic fuel injection system ensure optimal fuel and air mixture at any altitude for a longer flight range, fewer carbon dioxide emissions, and lower operating costs.
The 912iS engine works with throttle settings below 97 percent in an ECO mode with a Lambda 1.05 setting, which results in low fuel consumption.
In a power mode above 97 percent throttle up to WOT the Lambda is 0.88. The Rotax 912 iS engine is currently available on 26 different aircraft types, with 24 other OEM installations in progress.