• Tutorial: Ignition System and Magnetos - Aircraft Basics

    Tutorial: Ignition System and Magnetos - Aircraft Basics

    By thecorporatepilotdad

    In this first tutorial of aircraft basics, the ignition system of a piston engine airplane is discussed.

    What happens if the master switch it turned off in flight? Will the engine still run or will it quit as it will in a car with an electrical failure? Those questions will be answered along with what magnetos are and what they do for redundancy and safety in aircraft.

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    About The Author

    This video is produced by thecorporatepilotdad. He has been a FlightSim.Com member for close to twenty years and using Flight Simulator since back in the day of FS98 and FS2000. He is also a professional pilot with over 7000 hours of real world flight experience ranging from Cessna 152s to super-mid size business jets.


    2 Comments
    1. lnuss's Avatar
      lnuss -
      Excellent video, without getting into complicated items. Love your carefully worked out explanations. This should help a lot of folks.
    1. thecorporatepilotdad's Avatar
      thecorporatepilotdad -
      Thank you. I used to ask students if turning the master switch off would kill the engine. Most said yes and had a look of horror on their face as I reached over and turned the master switch off. They were relieved to see the engine still running.
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