Shell Launches New Lubricant For Light Sport Aircraft
The first lubricant developed specifically for use in two
stroke aviation engines, AeroShell Oil Sport PLUS 2, will be
introduced by Shell Aviation at the US Sport Aviation Expo at
Sebring next week. Shell's aviation research and development
specialists in both Europe and the United States have worked
closely with major engine manufacturers to produce the world's
first dedicated 2-stroke engine oil for light sport aircraft.
AeroShell Oil Sport PLUS 2 is the first oil specifically
developed for 2-stroke engines such as the ROTAX air and
water-cooled series engines, and is compatible with both premix and
separate oil injection systems. These types of engines commonly
encounter intense operating conditions such as full power take off,
cruise, descent and idle conditions. A 2-stroke oil formulation is
ideal for the varying power outputs and higher operating
temperatures experienced by 2-stroke engines. It also helps
reduce the formation of deposits and protects the inherent exposure
to corrosion and potential ring sticking in 2-stroke engines. Shell
says the formula provides full performance with both unleaded and
leaded fuel types, and can be used in most climates.
The launch comes on the heels of the introduction of AeroShell
Oil Sport PLUS 4, also the first dedicated aviation oil for
4-stroke engines in light sport aircraft. Both products were
developed and tested specifically for use in aviation.
Sebring-based Lockwood Aviation Repair, which promotes itself
as an official distributor of the largest inventory of ROTAX engine
parts in the U.S., tested the new AeroShell Oil Sport Plus 2 under
a variety of severe conditions. Phil Lockwood, president, said, "I
was very impressed with Shell's commitment to develop the best
possible 2 stroke oil engineered and tested specifically for this
demanding application. We are lucky to have their quality control
behind this very specialized 2 stroke oil and can be confident they
will support any advances to this dedicated formula with further
After the engines were tested, they were then stripped and the
components inspected by an expert from an independent, non-profit
research and development organization that provides contract
research to industrial customers worldwide. The laboratory has
previously reviewed other global brand lubricants for heat,
pressure and corrosion resistance.
Shell Aviation is the only company whose aviation lubricant
products have the endorsement of ROTAX. This manufacturer
recognizes the benefits of AeroShell Oil Sport PLUS 2 and AeroShell
Oil Sport PLUS 4, which are dedicated products that are highly
resistant to the immense shear forces that occur in areas of
high-pressure contact such as bearings, pistons, rings and liners.
This is where the blend of base oil and additives is most crucial,
and another reason to use products that are specifically designed
for 2 stroke engines.