General Aviation

Published on March 1st, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


New Rotax Engine Registration System

This CT had it’s engine stolen professionally from Sutton Meadows Airfield, near Ely in Cambridgeshire in the UK.

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 and a 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.”

Click on the image to view a full sized version of the Rotax poster

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

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.

The thefts have not just been confined to engines, expensive avionics have also been stolen.

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. Irish owners are encouraged to register their engine as soon as possible at

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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