Shell Aviation partnered with major engine manufacturer BRP-Rotax on the research and development of AeroShell Oil Sport Plus 4. BRP-Rotax specialises in the development and manufacturing of innovative powertrains for power-sports products. The partnership saw the product undergo a three-year development and testing period before its introduction.
Vanessa Boag, General Manager, Shell Aviation Lubricants said: “Shell has been operating in South Africa for over 110 years and we are excited to be introducing another innovative product in this country. Our collaboration with BRP-Rotax has allowed us to leverage both companies’ expertise in creating a robust and customised product for a very specific group of aircraft engines and we are now offering the benefits of this co-operation to the South African market.”
Compared to the previous generation of AeroShell Oil Sport, AeroShell Oil Sport Plus 4 offers the following core benefits:
- It is the first aviation oil in the market that is BRP-Rotax tested, released and recommended for use with engine types Rotax® 912, 914, 912 iS Sport and 915 iS and is approved according to Rotax Norm RON 424.
- It provides enhanced anti-wear protection, helping to ensure engines reach time between overhaul (TBO).
- It provides enhanced protection and lubricity for the smooth movement of clutch and gearbox components.
The product will be marketed by Atlas Aviation Lubricants, the official distributor of Shell Aviation and Shell Lubricants in South Africa, with its launch to market announced today at Kitty Hawk Aerodrome, Johannesburg. Launch activities will continue at Morningstar Airfield, Cape Town on 2nd September.
Steve Cloete, Sales Director of Atlas Aviation Lubricants: “Our long-standing partnership with Shell has allowed us to offer high quality aviation lubricants as well as automotive, industrial and metalworking lubricants to these industries for many years. AeroShell Oil Sport Plus 4 is ideal as it is extremely resistant to the immense shear forces that occur in areas of high-pressure contact such as high-speed gearboxes, valve trains, bearings, pistons and liners. This is where the blend of base oil and additives is most crucial. We are delighted to be introducing the product to the South African aviation market and that our customers have access to a globally recognised and high-quality oil.”
AeroShell Oil Sport Plus 4 – at a glance:
- Multi-grade oil designed to be used in any climate, anywhere in the world.
- Same formulation all over the world, not to be changed without consultation with the main OEMs (including BRP-Rotax).
- Specially selected base oils incorporating synthetic technology to help prevent sludge problems when operating with leaded fuels. This also provides excellent shear stability.
- Can be used with both unleaded aviation and road fuels and Avgas 100LL. Please refer to the Operators Handbook/Manual for the correct oil drain interval when operating on different fuels.
- Additive technology, developed to meet the Rotax Norm RON 424 requirements of integrated gearbox and overload clutches (as used in ROTAX Engine Type 912i, 912 and 914 (Series)).
- Anti–corrosion and anti-wear additive package. These additives work as a protective barrier to help prevent critical parts from being slowly degraded by corrosion or wear. This protection is crucial for critical internal parts, reducing the likelihood of premature damage.
- Powerful anti-oxidation action to help protect and clean engine parts.
- Anti-foaming additives designed to help maximize lubrication effectiveness. This is extremely important for those engines which operate with an integrated gearbox.
- Special additives help to neutralise acid build-up.
- The base fluid mixture is a combination of synthetic and high quality mineral oil chosen to give optimum performance when running on any approved fuel (i.e. unleaded mogas/avgas and lead containing aviation fuels). Optimum performance means excellent wear protection and cleanliness of the engine.
Meets or exceeds highest international specifications
- Fully approved: ROTAX Engine Type 912i, 912 and 914 (Series). Rotax Service Instruction Selection of suitable operating fluids for Rotax engine type – 912i, 912 and 914 (series) SI-912 i-001R3/SI-912-016R8/SI-914-019R8
- RON 424 OEM specification (new Rotax Norm)
For further product information and availability please contact Atlas Aviation Lubricants. All authorised AeroShell distributors are listed on http://www.AeroShell.com.
About Shell Aviation
- Shell Aviation is a leading global supplier of aviation fuels and lubricants with a heritage of over 100 years. We supply fuel at around 900 airports in approximately 36 countries. We refuel an aircraft every 14 seconds.
- Shell Aviation’s professional teams in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban work hard to ensure reliable operations and consistent supply, helping airlines to deliver their services regularly. As part of Shell’s selective growth strategy, we have recently added Skukuza, Pietermaritzburg, and Kruger Mpumalanga Airports to our network. We strive to make a valuable contribution to the safety standards of the industry through our strong collaborations with airlines and Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA).
- Our customers comprise of airports and airlines as well as private customers such as corporate jet operators and flying clubs. We produce fuels and lubricants; market, sell and distribute them; and offer further services that help our customers operate as efficiently as possible.
- To learn more about AeroShell products please visit http://www.AeroShell.com.
Dineo Pooe, Shell Spokesperson
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Fathima Ebrahim, Edelman SA
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