Rotax Announces Global Training Standards

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As the Light Sport Aircraft category gathers steam in the U.S. and similar categories continue to grow in other countries, Rotaxís line of small aircraft engines have become the overwhelmingly popular engine of choice. In keeping with the global reach of the products, the company has introduced a set of training standards for maintenance and repair of the engines by independent technicians (called independent Rotax Maintenance Technicians or iRMTs) who want to work on them. "Beginning January 1, 2008, all 'Authorized Training Organizations' will have to meet the new minimum standards established by BRP-Rotax to adequately qualify an iRMT and issue the appropriate certificates listing each individualís specific rating," the company said in a news release.

Rotax distributors will train third-party training organizations to deliver the programs, which will lead to technicians earning certificates in service, maintenance, heavy maintenance and overhaul. Qualified technicians will be listed on the www.Rotax-Owner.com Web site so customers will know where to look for service. "The goal of the iRMT programs is to expand the availability of qualified technicians in the field trained to a specific standard to Service Rotax products world wide," the company said.