MAIDEN FLIGHT OF ROTAX 915 IS ENGINE
Lakeland, Florida, U.S.A., April 6, 2016 – During the press conference at the International Fly-In Expo Sun ‘n Fun, BRP gave an update on the development of the Rotax 915 iS, a 4-stroke, 4-cylinder turbocharged aircraft engine with intercooler and a redundant fuel injection system which is scheduled for serial production second half of 2017.
“The development process has advanced to the extent so that the maiden flight of the Rotax 915 iS aircraft engine was performed on March 12, 2016 at the airfield in Wels, Austria,” informed Marc Becker, sales manager, Rotax Aircraft Business. “Since that date our category 1 test pilot (highest level of education a test pilot can achieve) is testing the engine in real flight mode as often as the weather allows it.” In addition to that the engine has been running more than 3,000 operating hours on the test bench up to today.
Selected Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) will receive the first Rotax 915 iS prototype aircraft engines as of August 2016 to be installed into their respective airplanes. In total more than 40 aircraft manufacturers have confirmed the Design-In of the Rotax 915 iS aircraft engine.
The target market will be high performance 2-seater and 4-seater aircrafts, small helicopters and larger gyrocopters. This more powerful 135-hp Rotax aircraft engine offers a lot of benefits for the pilot. From the best power-to-weight ratio in its class, the full take off power up to 15,000 ft (4,570 m), a service ceiling of 23,000 feet (7,010 m), a better fuel efficiency due to the electronic fuel injection concept, hence lower operating cost up to the ease of use.
BRP’s Rotax 4-stroke aircraft engines are already industry leaders; this new engine delivers the most advanced aircraft engine technology and offers a good growth opportunity into other markets.
With more than 175,000 engines sold in 40 years, Rotax aircraft engines lead the light sport and ultra-light aircraft market. With 19 authorized distributors and a network of more than 220 points of sale and repair centres supporting customers worldwide, Rotax aircraft engines are supplied to more than 80% of all aircraft manufacturers in its segment.
About BRP-Rotax (BRP-Powertrain)
BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG, the subsidiary of BRP in Gunskirchen is a leader in the development and production of innovative 4- and 2-stroke high performance Rotax engines for BRP products such as Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain, side-by-side vehicles and Spyder roadsters as well for motorcycles, karts, ultra-light and light aircraft.
In the last 50 years, the company has developed more than 350 engine models for recreational vehicles and produced over 7 million engines.
BRP (TSX:DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide.
Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Rotax, Can-Am, Spyder and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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