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Engine starting, seems like a crap shoot.

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

The long-awaited engine start blog. Thanks for your patience.


Over the past few years performing check rides, I have noticed a commonality with engine starting.


When I am sitting in the aircraft watching an applicant perform the before start checklist, from where I sit, sometimes it looks like a lot of guess work, and not a good understanding on what’s going on when you move the throttle and/or the mixture, as well as how much to move them, if at all.


When it comes to engine starting, you need to have a good understanding of what is happening then you prime, increase your mixture, increase your throttle especially with fuel injected engines, as well as how to perform a start on a hot engine.


I have attached a few articles to give you a little more insight on the art of engine starting.

I hope this is helpful to you.




For the cold weather flyers.



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