Rotax 582, Rotax 618, and Rotax 912 aircraft engine, engine pre - heater.

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Engine pre heater for the Rotax 582, Rotax 618 and Rotax 912 series of aircraft engines.

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I fly on both the Rotax two stroke and four stroke engines, and in winter find that the installation of a heater running off the radiator system on the 582, 618 and 912 engines keeps me quite comfortable.
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While this warms me up when flying, I have added a system to my 582 and 912 which warms them up BEFORE I go flying.  While my 582 starts easily in the winter, with just a couple of primes, and a flick of the switch to engage the electric start, it takes quite a while, even with a thermostat installed for it to warm up to operating temperature.

My 912 on the other hand is a bear to start, and if I don't get it on the first attempt, I want to make sure my battery is fully charged, because I will probably drain it trying to start the engine.

The 912 S is even more of a bear, and because of the new gear ratio and starter I can't hand prop it if I do drain the battery.

A couple of years ago I came across a neat little heater. As luck would have it, the rad hose size is the same as that used on both the Rotax 912, 582, and 618. 

Installation is as simple as cutting the hose that goes to your rad, and mounting the heater in the lowest possible position. That is of course AFTER you have drained the necessary fluid out of the system!!!

Once installed you can put the heater on a timer, Engine Pre heater.which can turn in on and off on a regular basis, or you can just connect it to an extension cord, while doing your preflight check and fueling the plane.

It takes about 20 minutes for the whole system to be brought up to operating temperature. The advantage of this is that the engines are easier to turn over and quicker to start, and wear and tear due to cold starts is eliminated.

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