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Dr. Rotech Engine Diagnostic Tool

Light Sport Group has introduced its Dr. RoTech engine electronics analyzer for Rotax 912 and 914 series engines, designed to assist aircraft mechanics, pilots and aircraft owners troubleshoot these engine systems. According to the company, Dr. RoTech provides initial and preliminary troubleshooting information on all of the major electrical system components described in the Rotax 912 power train maintenance manual when it is plugged into the six-pin plug on the engine’s ignition system.

Dr. RoTech can even detect which system you are testing when you use the test lead/probe. The green- and red-labeled pass/fail lights indicate which systems are functioning properly. According to Light Sport Group, Dr. RoTech also performs all of the required measurements of BRP-Rotax 912/914 Heavy Maintenance Manual, Section 74 Paragraph 3.12, including the generator coil (on stator), charging coil (on stator), trigger coil (A&B), primary ignition coil (A&B), secondary ignition coil, spark plug connector, ignition switch and engine ground. Dr. RoTech also offers PC support, allowing users to plug into a computer to obtain more specific information such as a failure counter for troubleshooting intermittent problems. The price is $499.99.

For more information, visit www.lightsportgroup.com/rotech.html.

Builder Assistance for Your Composite Aircraft

If you need assistance with your composite kit aircraft, Planemakers, Inc. can help. The Sarasota, Florida-based builder assistance center has expanded its services to offer repairs on all composite aircraft, specializing in Experimentals. The center provides a full range of repair and upgrade services including electrical, hydraulic, mechanical and airframe issues. It can also help with paint and modifications, or even shipping your airplane overseas.

For more information, call 941/359-0255 or visit www.planemakers.com.

Ameritech to Distribute Electroair Ignition Systems

Electroair and Ameritech Industries, Inc., the parent company of Eagle Engines and American Propeller Service of Redding, California, announced that they have entered into a Western Region wholesale and stocking distributor agreement for the Electroair line of electronic ignition kits for Experimental (four- and six-cylinder) and certified four-cylinder Lycoming-type engines. Ameritech Industries, Inc, will distribute the Electroair electronic ignition system kits along with providing sales and service assistance.


The direct-fire ignition system replaces one magneto with a trigger mechanism that feeds the engine position and rpm information to the controller, which also receives the input from the MAP sensor, computes the amount of dwell required for the coils, adjusts timing and fires directly into the spark plugs.

The company says a 10% to 15% gain in fuel economy can result, along with smoother engine operation and reduced maintenance costs. Installation time is estimated at 4 to 6 hours or less. (The ignitions are now STC’d and are also suitable for certificated aircraft.)

Price is $3400 for the four-cylinder kit, $4500 for the six-cylinder kit.

For more information, call 800/292-7767, or visit ameritech-aviation.com.

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