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General Aviation Keyboard Modification Demonstration: Engine Start
We're going to start the engine without using the mouse.
We're using the default Cessna 172
Now when you start a flight, your engine is already running, so let's start with the shut-down procedure, and I'll show you another useful tip here in a minute.
Our checklist here shows - Parking brake, as needed - Avionics power switch off, Electrical equipment off - Mixture idle cut-off - Ignition switch off - Master switch off
This is a good time to save the flight. From now on, anytime you want to start with a cold dark cockpit, you can go back to this saved flight. After you load it, you can reposition to any airport.
Next is the Engine Start checklist
- Throttle open about a quarter inch - Mixture rich - Prop clear - Master switch on - Ignition start (push Select, then Start repeatedly) - Oil pressure check - Avionics power switch on - Lights as required
And that's it! You can modify a keyboard like this for your flight simulator. You can also build the GA home cockpit frame we're showing here. Our videos and instruction manuals show you how. It's a do-it-yourself project, so check out DIYflightsims.com for more info.