Primarily for general aviation discussion, but other aviation topics are also welcome.
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By Spooky
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Chris Martyr wrote:Make no mistake . The reason why 9-series Rotax's are so nickable , is due to the fact that Rotax won't sell you any spares that require 'invasive maintenance' . [i.e. splitting the crankcase]

You can order your 9-series Rotax spares from the Rotax agent . But if it is anything other than an 'external bolt-on' , they will ask which approved Rotax agent you want your spares sent to . They don't want you fitting them yourself .

This is what makes serviceable , 'second-hand' Rotax spares so attractive .

If they removed their monopoly , then the crazy price of second-hand Rotax 912 spares would level off and become normal .

The reason why 9-series Rotax spares are such a covetted commodity , is due to Rotax themselves .

Customer commitment ......but not as we know it .


I doubt Rotax are too fussed. More thefts = more sales
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By Sooty25
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Here we go again, just seen this on FB

"Just heard that Croft farm airfield has had four engines stolen. Not sure of all details but be vigilant and check your security.
We had two stolen Dec21/22 and weather conditions at the time were very wet and windy. Could be the thieves are using the weather as cover for their activities as this last few days have been grim."
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By Red
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Barstewards!, Croft farm is I thought a fairly secure place with resident owner quite close to hangers.
They are getting bolder. :evil:
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By Sooty25
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I'd actually put some thought into offering a mailing address service, including email forwarding, a sales website tacked on the end, but gave up on the thought as I didn't expect sufficient up take. Maybe I need to rethink. Joint venture anyone?
By Boxkite
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I generally disagree with the addresses being available on the CAA site but, I have found it useful many times, especially when share sellers are too stupid to mention the location.
For some owners the registered home address gives a pretty good clue as to the aircraft's location (and may help thieves).
For many owners the availability of the address would not be helpful as far as knowing where the aircraft is located - there are at least 6 airfields within a reasonable ( one hour) drive of my address.
Spotter sites and photo sites can be more useful.
Last edited by Boxkite on Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:44 pm, edited 2 times in total.
By Highland Park
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Boxkite wrote:I generally disagree with the addresses being available on the CAA site but, I have found it useful many times, especially when share sellers are too stupid to mention the location.
For some owners the registered home address gives a pretty good clue as to the aircraft's location (and may help thieves).
For many owners the availability of the address would not make a difference - there at least 6 airfields within a reasonable drive of my address.
Spotter sites and photo sites can be more useful.

Old Buck airfield management no longer allows spotter visits to the hangars and even escorted visitors (eg if I take a friend flying) are requested not to share anything on social media etc... Personally I’m very grateful, given the recent radio and transponder upgrades etc we’ve all had to have done.

Ian
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By TheFarmer
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Highland Park wrote:Old Buck airfield management no longer allows spotter visits to the hangars..........

Personally I’m very grateful, given the recent radio and transponder upgrades etc we’ve all had to have done.


If that’s not an advert for trouble then I don’t know what is.

:scratch: :doh:
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By Rob P
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To put your mind at rest, can I point out there isn't a single Rotax in any of the hangars (as far as I know).

Lots of hugely chunky radials though. :thumleft:

Rob P
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By MikeW
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Rotax occasionally produce a SL listing ones they know of. The last issue in March 2019 listed 33 in the UK. (I'm assuming you meant to ask "how many"!)
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