EASA Certifies Rotax 912 iS

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The Rotax 912 iS aircraft engine, which was introduced at Aero Friedrichshafen earlier this year, this week received a type certificate from EASA. The engine also was recently ASTM certified. "These are important milestones in the commercialization of new aircraft engines," said Gerd Ohrnberger, general manager of BRP-Powertrain. The company said it will now will focus on gaining FAA certification. The 912 iS engine delivers fuel efficiency 38 percent to 70 percent better than comparable engines, Rotax said.

The 912 iS features dual electronic fuel injection and electronic ignition, and can deliver 100 HP on either avgas or up to E10 mogas. The engine can run for 2,000 hours before overhaul. AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli was in Austria earlier this year to check out the new engine; click here for his video report.