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Aircraft ignition systems reviewed, plus tips on how to increase your engine's all-around performance and reliability.
HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT Nov 1986 (v.13#11) pg. 42

Troubleshooting a vibration-induced magneto timing problem on four-cylinder Lycoming engines.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jun 1987 (v.9#6) pg. 16
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Aug 1987 (v.9#8) pg. 3

Troubleshooting tips for impulse-coupled magnetos and shower-of-sparks systems when the engine fails to start.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Sep 1987 (v.9#9) pg. 18

Sources of service literature for Bendix, Teledyne, and Slick magnetos.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Sep 1987 (v.9#9) pg. 19

Tip: Turning a propeller backward will not damage magneto impulse couplings.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Sep 1987 (v.9#9) pg. 20

Understanding the aircraft magneto.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Dec 1987 (v.9#12) pg. 12

Magneto coils. How to test their condition. Where to buy replacement coils.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jan 1988 (v.10#1) pg. 14

How to fabricate an ignition lead for an aircraft engine.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Mar 1988 (v.10#3) pg. 11

Relationship between advanced spark timing and fuel-mixture leaning on Piper Malibu's TSIO-520 Continental engine.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Apr 1988 (v.10#4) pg. 7

Overhauling the Bendix S-1200 magneto.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE May 1988 (v.10#5) pg. 10
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Apr 1990 (v.12#4) pg. 5

Ignition vibrators. Getting the most buzz for the buck demands that you understand the entire ignition system. Types of vibrators, theory of operation, routine maintenance, repair, etc.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Sep 1988 (v.10#9) pg. 9
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Nov 1988 (v.10#11) pg. 4

Troubleshooting tips for magnetos which show a large mag drop at 1,700 rpm, but a normal drop at 2,000 rpm.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Nov 1988 (v.10#11) pg. 19

Troubleshooting tips for Slick magnetos installed on a Lycoming O-320-E2G engine.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Mar 1989 (v.11#3) pg. 22

The rough run-up: Diagnosis and cure. Some pointers on making the critical go/no-go decision following a magneto-check.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Apr 1989 (v.11#4) pg. 8
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jan 1990 (v.12#1) pg. 6

Troubleshooting and maintaining pressurized magnetos.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jul 1989 (v.11#7) pg. 9

Tips on locating top-dead-center on any cylinder and checking the synchronization of magnetos.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Aug 1989 (v.11#8) pg. 18
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Oct 1989 (v.11#10) pg. 4

Advice on rebuilding Slick 662 mags or replacing them with Bendix S-1200 mags.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Sep 1989 (v.11#9) pg. 20

Keeping your terminal (cigaret) springs clean on each end of ignition wires.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Nov 1990 (v.12#11) pg. 9

Building a high-voltage ignition-lead tester. Use it to check the condition of magneto leads.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Dec 1990 (v.12#12) pg. 8
Correction LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Mar 1991 (v.13#3) pg. 4

Troubleshooting starter vibrators.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Dec 1991 (v.13#12) pg. 22

Tip on verifying that one plug in a cylinder is not firing by switching leads and checking the EGT.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Oct 1994 (v.16#10) pg. 19

Roll your own plug leads. How to make individual replacement ignition-wire leads using universal-type kits.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Apr 1995 (v.17#4) pg. 7

The Bendix ignition switch. Troubleshooting and maintaining the typical twist-to-start key-operated ignition switch.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Dec 1996 (v.18#12) pg. 9
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Feb 1997 (v.19#2) pg. 4

The electronic age is here. The operation of the LASAR (Limited Authority Spark Advance Regulator) electronic ignition system from Slick Aircraft Products is explained.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE May 1997 (v.19#5) pg. 9

Preventive maintenance for magneto-powered aircraft ignition systems. Advice on spark plugs, ignition leads, etc.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Oct 1998 (v.20#10) pg. 19

Troubleshooting to locate the source of stray voltage in the ignition system that is causing radio noise.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Feb 1999 (v.21#2) pg. 20

Wire standoffs. A overview of various ways to keep wires and hoses from chafing inside the engine compartment.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Oct 1999 (v.21#10) pg. 14

Magnetos. What they are, how they work, and tips on installing them.
SPORT AVIATION Oct 1983 (v.32#10) pg. 54

Homebuilt high-tension lead tester for an aircraft ignition harness is comparable to the commercial Bendix model. Est. cost: $30.
SPORT AVIATION Jul 1985 (v.34#7) pg. 42

Aircraft engine hook-up tips. Looks at electrical grounding, ignition system, engine controls, fuel system, etc.
SPORT AVIATION Aug 1989 (v.38#8) pg. 27

Charging circuit uses one alternator to charge two batteries in aircraft fitted with battery-operated electronic ignition.
SPORT AVIATION Jun 1993 (v.42#6) pg. 83

Ignition battery manager. Reliable aircraft operations with battery powered ignition systems. Designing an electronic ignition system which can survive failure of any single component.
SPORT AVIATION Jan 1994 (v.43#1) pg. 84
Added Info SPORT AVIATION Aug 1995 (v.44#8) pg. 99