Category Archives: Aircraft Maintenance

Engine Starting Techniques – what works for you?

Recently, some club pilots have had difficulty starting the engines in the club planes with GMA being particularly tough at times.

If you’ve been successful starting the club aircraft engines recently in the colder weather, we would like to hear about the technique you used.  Sharing knowledge will help fellow pilots who may benefit from your technique and have better success.

Please use the comments below to describe the steps you use successfully to start the engines including the following details:

  • Aircraft ident.
  • Primer (setting & use)
  • Mixture (setting & use)
  • Throttle (setting & use)
  • Starter key (setting & use)
  • Sequence of actions.
  • How successful it works (i.e. works every time, works some of the time, etc.)

Hopefully this will identify what techniques are most successful.