Following a spate of Rotax engine thefts in the UK over the last 12 months, engine manufacturer Rotax has launched a new engine registration system to try to combat the problem. Last year over 20 engines were stolen in the UK anda further 6 have been stolen so far in 2017. It’s not clear where the engines are ending up but in September police in Italy arrested two men, one from the Ukraine and the other from Romania, after stopping their Mercedes truck with Polish licence plates. The police discovered six aircraft engines and propellers.
Organisations in the UK and Europe are spreading details about the stolen engines but it’s unlikely that they are being installed in aircraft in Western Europe. In trying to address the problem Rotax say “[the] new easy-to-use engine registration system is an essential step on this journey.”
Engine registration can be done by following a three-step process. As a first step, the customer enters all required registration data using the online registration form on www.flyrotax.com/engine-registration.html.
The second step, the end customer receives a confirmation link via email after submitting the registration. By following this link, the data entered must be validated and needs to be confirmed by the customer. The confirmation link expires after 48 hours.
The third and final step of the engine registration process is for the details submitted to be validated by BRP-Rotax.
This new paperless engine registration process offers various advantages for Rotax aircraft engine owners. It will allow Rotax to optimise the distribution and service network according to customer’s needs, customers will receive newsletters and relevant notifications on engines, like new technical documentation. Of course, once and engine is reported stolen, a re-registration of that engine is impossible.
Since the launch of the new engine registration in December 2016, 320 customers have already registered their engines via the new online system. Rotax has produced more than 175,000 engines over the last 40 years. NMAI members are encouraged to register their engine as soon as possible at www.flyrotax.com/engine-registration.html