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1 hour ago, Yetti said:

In this day and age, you would think they would have a connection to monitor the advance and display on a screen.   And of course record it with other engine data.

No doubt.  Bluetooth to my phone be real nice.

Be nice to have it adjustable less than their established max curve back to the dataplate standard advance too.

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3 minutes ago, Ragsf15e said:

No doubt.  Bluetooth to my phone be real nice.

Be nice to have it adjustable less than their established max curve back to the dataplate standard advance too.

I could see hardwired being more acceptable.  You would not want your buddy to retard your timing when you are drag racing him

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On 8/15/2019 at 5:39 PM, Yetti said:

In this day and age, you would think they would have a connection to monitor the advance and display on a screen.   And of course record it with other engine data.

Surefly and electroair have boldly brought ignition timing technology into the 1980s for certified aircraft engines. Let’s not get greedy ;)

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I could see hardwired being more acceptable.  You would not want your buddy to retard your timing when you are drag racing him

Most BT devices have a maximum range of 25’. So if drag racing your buddy at less than 25’, both of you have other things to worry about, like if your will and testament is up to date.

 

 

Tom

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On ‎8‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 8:55 AM, Bob_Belville said:

Basic question: 

 

From the Surefly Site:

SIM4N - 4-Cylinder Non-Impulse Mag Replacement

               Replaces 4-cylinder non-impulse coupled magnetos on Lycoming & Continental engines. 4.0 lbs.

SIM4P - 4-Cylinder Impulse Coupled Mag Replacement

                The vast majority of 4-Cylinder applications will replace the impulse coupled magneto. 4.4 lbs.

 

So, what about replacing left mag with SoS (shower of sparks)? I'd assume I need the "P" but I don't want to order the wrong model.

SIM4N, sos doesn't have impulse coupled mag

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6 hours ago, McMooney said:

SIM4N, sos doesn't have impulse coupled mag

That choice is not obvious to me. I want the EI device to be the hot one on start up to enjoy the heralded easy starting promise so I would think that means replacing the left mag, not the right one which is the non-impulse couple mag that is grounded when the ignition switch is held to the right. BICBW.  

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11 minutes ago, Bob_Belville said:

That choice is not obvious to me. I want the EI device to be the hot one on start up to enjoy the heralded easy starting promise so I would think that means replacing the left mag, not the right one which is the non-impulse couple mag that is grounded when the ignition switch is held to the right. BICBW.  

The SiM4N replaces the shower of sparks version of the magneto.  The 4N installation manual has the details.

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10 hours ago, Bob_Belville said:

That choice is not obvious to me. I want the EI device to be the hot one on start up to enjoy the heralded easy starting promise so I would think that means replacing the left mag, not the right one which is the non-impulse couple mag that is grounded when the ignition switch is held to the right. BICBW.  

For SOS the SIM4N is correct, you don't have an impulse coupled mag to replace. Impulse coupled mags are  used with non SOS systems.  I think Maxwell wrote something about it. 

Really, doesn't matter which mag is replaced as they both take part in the starting event.

A side benefit, when replacing the left mag,  you also get to remove the SOS system as The EI doesn't need assistance in starting of the aircraft.

with that being typed,  my IA replaced my right mag.  His thinking, In the case the SIM4N goes belly up, i'd have the SOS upon which to fall back.   

personally,  don't think id fly if I knew one of the mags wasn't working

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58 minutes ago, McMooney said:

Really, doesn't matter which mag is replaced as they both take part in the starting event.

With non-SOS, usually only one magneto has an impulse coupler with retarded timing for starting.   The other is disabled until the engine is running.   Usually this is done with the ignition/start switch, where the "start" connection grounds the non-impulse-coupled mag to disable it.   With something like the EI or Surefly it would make sense to have it be the starting ignition and disable the other during start.

 

 

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1 hour ago, McMooney said:

 

with that being typed,  my IA replaced my right mag.  His thinking, In the case the SIM4N goes belly up, i'd have the SOS upon which to fall back.   

That's just dumb- and a little lazy.  He replaced the right magneto because it's easier to get to and work on- not to mention then he didn't have to remove the SOS box or mess with the ignition switch.

It's dumb because now you're still starting with the SOS left magneto, so you don't get the benefit of the higher power spark.  You also could have sold your left magneto for more money.  Finally, now when your 500 hour magneto inspection comes up, that'll cost you more money too.  

If he hasn't sold your right mag yet, you should consider paying him (or somebody else) to do the job right.  Sigh.

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With non-SOS, usually only one magneto has an impulse coupler with retarded timing for starting.   The other is disabled until the engine is running.   Usually this is done with the ignition/start switch, where the "start" connection grounds the non-impulse-coupled mag to disable it.   With something like the EI or Surefly it would make sense to have it be the starting ignition and disable the other during start.
 
 

Just to clarify. I have a non-SOS and my left magneto is impulse (Used for starting).
Questions,
If I change my non impulse right magneto with a surefly, do I need to disable the left magneto for starting somehow? Does the non-impulse surefly assist in starting?


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Why not remove the connection on the key switch so it starts using both mags? Does that give you the best of both worlds with the SOS left mag and right side electronic ignition? 

Just a thought, not an A&P. 

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5 hours ago, nosky2high said:

Why not remove the connection on the key switch so it starts using both mags? Does that give you the best of both worlds with the SOS left mag and right side electronic ignition? 

Just a thought, not an A&P. 

 

8 hours ago, McMooney said:

For SOS the SIM4N is correct, you don't have an impulse coupled mag to replace. Impulse coupled mags are  used with non SOS systems.  I think Maxwell wrote something about it. 

Really, doesn't matter which mag is replaced as they both take part in the starting event.

A side benefit, when replacing the left mag,  you also get to remove the SOS system as The EI doesn't need assistance in starting of the aircraft.

with that being typed,  my IA replaced my right mag.  His thinking, In the case the SIM4N goes belly up, i'd have the SOS upon which to fall back.   

personally,  don't think id fly if I knew one of the mags wasn't working

To be clear,

I was told by the IA, my plane uses both the SIM4N and the SOS to start. 

i haven't personally checked the IAs work but with it starting within 1 rotation, something must be connected right.

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5 hours ago, McMooney said:

 

To be clear,

I was told by the IA, my plane uses both the SIM4N and the SOS to start. 

i haven't personally checked the IAs work but with it starting within 1 rotation, something must be connected right.

Then I'm supposing he did the job right and removed the jumper that grounds the right magneto during start.  I'm glad- but I stand by my thoughts that I would rather sell the left mag/SOS and keep the simple right magneto.

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13 hours ago, Andy95W said:

Then I'm supposing he did the job right and removed the jumper that grounds the right magneto during start.  I'm glad- but I stand by my thoughts that I would rather sell the left mag/SOS and keep the simple right magneto.

An additional consideration is to keep the left Mag/sos in case of ever having to hand prop/start the engine. That’s an emergency procedure in my opinion but nice to have just in case. YMMV

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