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    Magneto Starter Switch

    Hi

    Can anybody recommend an alternative to the Simkits magneto starter switch.

    Either home made or as part of a switch panel (not Saitek)

    Thanks

    http://www.simkits.com/product.php?prodid=311

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    Re: Magneto Starter Switch

    A simple SPST On/Off Key Switch and wire the 'on' to your joystick card and assign to 'AUTO START' so when you turn the key the engine starts...

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=2455

    Seemples!



    Wouldn't bother with real magnetos switches, just use a key switch, does the job nicely or use some sort of potentiometer with 5 poles.....

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    Re: Magneto Starter Switch

    I am using a Desktop Aviator panel currently for my electric panel.
    http://www.desktopaviator.com/Produc...1010/index.htm

    It needs a registered copy of FSUIPC to work with all functions, but has been easy to set up and use. It includes a 5 way key switch and keys!

    Once I complete my MIP I will be adding it to the panel, and doing a few modifications to make it more real.

    Hope that helps....

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    Re: Magneto Starter Switch

    I used the drawing on the simkits site to make one, it's very descriptive and not difficult to make. You can get a keyswitch from Maplin or any decent electronic supplier. The rest is spare hardware you've probaly got lying around.

    http://www.simkits.com/downloads/doc...rterswitch.pdf

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Magneto Starter Switch

    What about a car ignition switch from the wreckers?

    It has a number of poles such as acc, off, on, start. There maybe ones with extra positions.

    Wire it up to your card, use FSUIPC and its working.

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    Re: Magneto Starter Switch

    Why not find a real one on ebay ?

    I got mine for 25$ from ebay.


    Theres one listed now for 50$, but if you are patient, they do come by cheaper:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cessn...item3356f08a97


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    Re: Magneto Starter Switch

    I still think that a simple 2 key switch on a pot is easier and cheaper than buying a real cessna key switch....just my thoughts though!
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    Re: Magneto Starter Switch

    thanks all, will have to think about this one. cheap is good.

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    Re: Magneto Starter Switch

    Steve,

    I used a simple 12 position rotary switch and set the "doodad" that limits it to use only the first 5 poles. Hooked it up to a Bodnar board and works like a charm. Only thing missing is the spring to return it to the Both position after the engine starts. I return it to Both manually to keep the physical switch in sync with the switch on the panel. Photo attached shows it in place beside Master Switch before I added labels for positions of switch.


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