New High-Torque Starter for Rotax 4-Stroke Engine

Lockwood Expands in Anticipation of Light-Sport Aircraft

lockwood1.jpgIn preparation for new business that the company expects to come from the proposed Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rules and standards, Lockwood Aviation Supply is expanding their aviation after-market facility in Sebring, Florida. The expansion should be complete by early April, according to company president Phil Lockwood.

Rotax's new high-torque electric starter (bottom) for their 100-hp Rotax 912ULS 4-stroke aircraft engine adds just 1 pound and approximately 1 inch in length compared to the old starter (top). The new starter "will fit most existing installations and can be purchased for retrofit," Lockwood Aviation Supply says.

Lockwood Aviation Supply ­ a Rotax engine distributor and authorized Kodiak service center for Rotax aircraft engines as well as an ultralight and aviation after-market supplier ­ is introducing a new high-torque electric starter from Austrian engine manufacturer Bombardier-Rotax. "The new starter, which offers improved starting performance," Lockwood Aviation says, "is now standard on the North American version of the popular [100-hp] Rotax 912ULS [non-certified] 4-stroke aircraft engine."

Lockwood notes the new starter is just a bit larger and heavier than the old one and can be retrofitted to most current installations. "The high-performance starter adds just 1 pound and is approximately 1 inch in length over the old starter," Lockwood Aviation says, "and will fit most existing installations, and can be purchased for retrofit."

Special price for the new high-torque electric starter is $499 (retail price is "about $540," Lockwood Aviation says).

Lockwood Aviation Supply is doubling the size of both their parts warehouse and their engine shop, the company reports. "Both our parts room and engine shop are doubling in size," Lockwood Aviation says. The expansion is in anticipation of FAA approval of the rules and standards in the proposed Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft NPRM.

"The expansion of our facility is well underway and should be complete by Sun 'n Fun," Lockwood Aviation notes. "This is unusual news in the aircraft industry these days," says Lockwood Aviation Supply president Phil Lockwood. "The new space will allow us to confidently take on any new business that should come from the new Light-Sport Aircraft rules and standards, and allow us to maintain our same-day shipping policy on our in-stock items.

"We try hard to keep just about every Rotax aircraft engine part in stock," Lockwood says.

­ Buzz Chalmers

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