Report Filed: Rotax Rick Red Gold Rebuilds Ronald Davis rebuilds, Rotax Repair Multiple Rotax Rick engine failures causing multiple serious injuries Naples Florida!!
This is a very serious warning For anyone considering an engine from Rotax Rick.I was seriously hurt for the SECOND TIME by a rebuilt engine from Rotax Rick. This failure happened during that critical point during takeoff. This was on my second rebuilt engine from Rotax Rick—which was a replacement for his first failed engine rebuild. The original engine he built for me blew a head gasket mid flight and overheated after only TWO hours, also causing injury. After that, Rick told me that if I’d send him my engine back he’d totally rebuild the engine a 2nd time…but he only changed the head gasket. And the guy actually had the nerve to say that my head gasket was fine but he changed it anyway. If my headgasket hadn’t blown….how did my coolant become full of fuel/oil to the point of being flammable? Rick does warranty his engines and he does stand by his warranty…but he cuts corners and I have the hospital bills to prove it. And by the way, I was burning full synthetic Amsoil interceptor, never used gas older than five days, all fuel filtered through mr funnel, never revved higher than 6300, always did a full 6 minute warm up, never let engine cool during descent…etc. I babied this engine because I was told by experts that my engine would never be as reliable as new since the extreme overheating form the failed head gasket. I have ads up seeking other parties who’ve been victimized by Ronald Davis AKA Rotax Rick’s fraudulent rebuild services. The second rebuild he did for me was only a fraction of what was promised…do yourself a favor and stick with the proven folks at Lockwood aviation…or buy yourself a cheap burial plot if you fly over anything other than wide open, unplowed fields. My 20k amfib plane is now halved in value thanks to rick the p***k.