Rockwell Collins electronic ECU to be featured on new Rotax 915 iS turbocharged aircraft engine for light aircraft

Rockwell Collins’ electronic dual-channel Engine Control Unit (ECU) will be featured on the new Rotax ® 915 iS turbocharged piston engine for the light aircraft market. The ECU includes fully integrated turbocharging control and protection for the Rotax 915 iS, which was introduced this week at Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh.

“We selected Rockwell Collins and its innovative ECU technology for the new turbocharged Rotax 915 iS engine because of its expertise in engine controls and avionics systems that enable the reliability and safety required for high-performance aviation engines,” said Thomas Uhr, vice president and general manager, BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG. “For this important project, we trust Rockwell Collins—a company that is performing strongly and keeping its commitments.”

The Rockwell Collins ECU is a fully automatic, redundant and proven engine control system that reduces pilot workload and delivers optimized engine performance. The ECU automates manual tasks such as adjusting air/fuel mixture, controlling exhaust gas temperatures, as well as keeping turbocharger and engine boost conditions within safe operating limits.

In addition, the ECU enhances flight safety by continually monitoring engine and control system health, and detecting and mitigating potential faults and failures.

“Our ECU delivers optimum propulsion efficiency and safety to light sport aircraft and general aviation,” said Brian Wiebke, senior director, Program Management, Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Operators can control these powerful turbocharged engines with ease, reducing manual tasks to optimize performance throughout all operating conditions.”   

The Rotax 915 iS turbocharged piston engine is expected to be available in the second half of 2017.

Source: Rockwell Collins
Date: Jul 22, 2015