ICON Aircraft has chosen the new Rotax 912 iS engine to power its A5 Light Sport Aircraft. The new fuel-injected powerplant will be the launch engine initially available in the A5, for which ICON has taken over 750 deposits.
“We’re excited to be able to incorporate BRP-Powertrain’s new fuel-injected Rotax 912 iS engine in the A5,” said Matthew Gionta, ICON Aircraft’s VP of Engineering. “Not only does the engine improve fuel efficiency compared to the carbureted Rotax 912 ULS engine, but it’s simpler to operate, which places fewer demands on the pilot. The elimination of the choke and carburetor heat means the pilot has less to worry about and can focus more on flying and having fun.”
BRP-Powertrain reports that the Rotax 912 iS will deliver between 38% and 70% better fuel efficiency than comparable engines. Its electronic fuel-injection contributes to this efficiency and is a completely redundant system to provide an extra margin of safety, company officials say. The four-stroke, four-cylinder engine maintains the 100-hp output and 2,000-hour time between overhaul (TBO) of the carbureted Rotax 912 ULS. Like the Rotax 912 ULS, the Rotax 912 iS engine can run on both aviation fuel and automotive gasoline.
For more information: IconAircraft.com
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