Enough of this worrying about hitting the prop on
start-up. Learn your airplane well enough to place the throttle lever to get a
1000-1200RPM start. Any higher RPM on a cold start up is damaging to the cam on
the Lycoming engines -- in fact lower RPM is better if you can do it. Hot
starts are not so critical to the cam, of course, but sometimes the pilot will
set a bit of extra throttle to help the Lyc Hot Start Syndrome...not necessary
if you know the procedure that works for your ship -- there isn't one sure
method, I'm told.
My hot start procedure, from buckle-up:
Master on, alt on, L mag on, elec ign on if so equipped
Set full throttle
Set full rich
1-3 sec of boost pump (listen for pressure change); pump
set throttle for 1000RPM, or a bit more than idle
Press the starter button
move mix lever to 1/2 when engine fires (it should run
Boost pump on if engine tends to stumble -- as would be
the case in high ambient temps: +80F
Set 900RPM idle; lean as far as possible
Cold starts are easier:
a bit more prime
set mix 1/2 open
Crank 'er up
SO!! Don't set so much throttle for starting, and you
will have no problems with brakes or stick or needing 3 hands....it ain't Rocket
Science, after all!
YMMV, of course
The ship doesn't have any really
bad habits, but it does come with a very high engine-out sink rate, for no extra
charge. Engine out: keep her at 100KT or so in the glide so you have enough
energy to flare (and flare kinda late)...stopped prop might allow 90KT...
Be sure of control system
continuity and good clear fuel flow, tight oil hoses, and have some sort of
radio out procedure ready (sign language with your wingman, or simply land), and
you should do OK. The flight advisor area of the manual was written by a good
advisor -- use it , and ask questions if necessary. If 3 things go wrong, abort,
and back up. 2 things are not so hard to handle. 3 things will hurt you: 3
things, plus flying the plane, is an overload.
If your pre-taxi engine runs are
a non-issue, chances are the rest will be OK too. If you had any problems with
getting the engine started and getting it to run cleanly, I will suggest that
you check everything else again.
No high-speed taxi runs please.
Go ahead and hop the thing to 5-10' AGL and land it (if your runway is long
enough) if you think that will help.
Plan for a 20 min flight; have
fuel for 1 hr in each tank (15 gal or so). Taxi out & fly on ONE TANK; the
other is an emergency tank on this flight. You can use tank #2 on the second 20
minute flight, with tank #1 as the emer. tank this time.
1/2 flaps on your 1st landing;
85-90 KT on approach.
Expect a plugged injector some
time in the first 5-7 hrs. The engine will tell you that one is plugged. Don't
worry or hurry -- just land as soon as practical. Your EGT gage will tell you
which cyl is plugged. The ship will fly fine and maintain altitude at
Don't bust your ass, and don't
let anyone else bust it for you. Seems Yeager said something like this.
Carry on! Mark
I've been warned about for my first flight: "Watch the
airspeed; It accelerates and slows down very quickly." I'll
give credit where credit is due here. The quote is from Ken
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