Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:39 pm #1809965
As I said, these things seem to cause confusion and debate, and I wasn't elevating myself above that, so I am happy to learn a better way.
I entirely agree. I’m here to learn. The problem comes when I’m invited to ‘re-learn’ what I thought I already knew! I first learned to fly on Chipmunks (about) 40 years ago. I’ve just checked my old FRCs, which call for a dead cut check both after start and immediately prior to shutdown.
I listen for a change in engine tone with each one. Not worried about a defined drop but I will listen for a change. If none is present then I will do a proper dead cut.
Have we established that perhaps some engines won’t produce a noticeable rpm drop when at idle? That certainly seems to tie in with my experience.
Certainly everything I’ve read so far suggests I should continue what I’m doing. Which is a dead cut check, then stopping the engine by starving it of fuel?
Belt and braces. Where is the real danger here?
If an unintended engine start then occurs as someone disturbs the prop, then what more could I possibly have done?
As I said. Every day’s a school day, so happy to be shown a ‘better’ way.