Do Fuel Injected aircraft really need mixture controls?

Snow

'Not a new member'
I would have though fuel computers would be able to automaticly ajust for air density and the mixture knob has remained due to some FAA regulation. Anyone know?
 

Cheechako

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. . .and for that matter, why not electronic ignition. Dump those old-school magnetos for something a little more sophisticated.

I think it's hard to get the FAA to sign off on those things for the GA world and the price of testing and certification is too much for the manufacturers to swallow.

Just my highly uninformed opinion!
 

El_Cid_Av8or

New Member
Keep in mind that you're talking about a mechanical fuel injected engine, not a computer-controlled fuel injection engine. Common light GA aircraft don't have engine brains like a Honda Accord so the mixture lever is still needed and is usable. Take a look at a new C-172SP. Lean the mixture and the EGTs will rise (don't do this in a climb, only straight and level or in a descent).

As far as computer-controlled ignition in light GA aircraft, I'm sure it's in the ver near future. Any one that I would fly would have at least two backups to the primary one though.

Anyone care to shed some light on how the Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22 controls the RPM and manifold pressure with just one lever and get it right all the time?

Also, to add fuel to the fires of testing and certification, think about liability insurance. Example: Why does a replacement muffler for a Honda Accord cost less than $200 (stock replacement) but one for a Piper Arrow costs over $900? Answer: Insurance jacks the price up.
 

EatSleepFly

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Common light GA aircraft don't have engine brains like a Honda Accord

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Thank god. Who would want to fly in something powered by a Honda?



Just kidding all you Honda drivers!
 

Snow

'Not a new member'
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Who would want to fly in something powered by a Honda?

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*Laughs* I'm not a particualar fan of Hondas, but I'd say they make better engines than most, really that's what Honda does, they makes engines, for boats, cars, motorcycles, lawn mowers, chain saws etc etc
Isn't continental and lycoming still using push rod engines? geez
 

pilot602

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$900? Answer: Insurance jacks the price up

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Certification plays the biggest role in the high price. Also, add in that (talking whole aircraft here) are all still built largely by hand and these guys are trying to seel these things to a market of roughly 1% (when you add in busineeses) of the total U.S. population and the way to make money is by higher prices. Things like cars can be priced at slighlty above cost because they make their money through volume.
 

ready2fly

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Honda is trying to certify an aviaiton engine..

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Grrreeeeaaaat. Then all the young punks will be flying them with those fart mufflers and funky paint jobs.
 

pilot602

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And a big a$$ rear spoiler that serves absolutely no aerodynamic purpose ...
 

sbav8r

New Member
That's right G! I gots my viser on upsides-down, seat laaaaiiiiid back, arm over the yoke wit dat thumpin bass comin outa da back from the two 12s, and when I crank dat cessna over it sounds like a pissed off mesquito.
 

Eagle

New Member
Re: Do Fuel Injected aircraft really need mixture controls? Yes.

Re: Do Fuel Injected aircraft really need mixture controls?

yep.

the testing and PMA/issues with getting anything approved for aviation is what makes it expensive. a few years back the president signed into law the product liability act, which basically cleared manufactures of liability after a number of years. I don't recall exactly but it was after 10-15 years I think. (someone go search on AOPA's site. )
it was a start, but did little in the real world.

You can go to Best Buy and get a car CD player for 100$, but you need to spend 1000 to buy the same quality one and put it in your airplane... give me a break...
 

ananoman

New Member
Re: Do Fuel Injected aircraft really need mixture controls? Yes.

The DC-3 actually had automatic mixture contol. For ground ops and takeoff and climb it would be left in 'auto-rich', cruise was in 'auto-lean'. The only time the manual mixture control was used was during engine start and during emergency single-engine ops. The carburator had an aneroid capsule that would expand and contract just like the one in an altimeter to adjust the mixture. It was complex and needed precise adjustment, but they work quite well.

Electronic control is coming in the form of FADEC or Full Authority Digital Engine (or Electronic) Controls. The new systems will monitor each cylinders EGT and CHT to automatically adjust the mixture for each cylinder. They will also adjust spark timing for best power at take off or economy in cruise. Add on electronic ignition systems with variable spark timing can be retrofitted to many current engines and the fuel cost will repay the cost of the system if the aircraft is flown enough.
 

aloft

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Anyone care to shed some light on how the Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22 controls the RPM and manifold pressure with just one lever and get it right all the time?

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"Right" is a highly subjective term. "Adequate" is probably closer to the mark.

The Cirrus prop control has basically two positions; at a certain throttle lever setting, the prop control arm drops into the lower position and starts bringing the prop control back as the pilot further reduces power. At Cirrus' traveling road show, the have a throttle lever assembly that you can look at to see what it's doing. Personally, I find it quite a low-tech, rinky-dink solution, one that makes it impossible to test the governor during before takeoff checks.

But damn if that Avidyne display isn't da bizzomb!
 

pavelump

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Grrreeeeaaaat. Then all the young punks will be flying them with those fart mufflers and funky paint jobs.


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Yeah, but just think of how much more business there would be for the FL CFIs!


Dave
 

El_Cid_Av8or

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As far as computer-controlled ignition in light GA aircraft, I'm sure it's in the ver near future.

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I think the future is already here... Take a look at FADEC - Full Authority Digital Engine Control. Lancair is trying to take advantage of it for the Columbia 400. Here is a LINK.
 

smokey1

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sbav8r ,
I find you r previous post to be very inapropriate. I know what you're getting at and I don't think there is a place for it in these forums. Let's use them for what they are for, the love of aviation, and not the slander of any particular ethnical group.
Smokey...............................................
 

aloft

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Don't get your panties in a bunch, Smokey. I think what SB's getting at are stereotypical "rice rocket" drivers, who tend to pretend they're "straight outta Compton" regardless of their actual race, creed or color. Most kids I see acting that way are Asian or white.

In other words, it's not a racial slam so "don't be hatin'!"
 

sbav8r

New Member
Smokey
I'm not making fun of any ethnical group. I am however making fun of the "Rice Rocket" group that turn Honda's and Toyota's into ridiculous looking wannabe sports cars.

Sorry you took it the wrong way, I can assure you I meant absolutely no dissrespect to anyone other than the previous mentioned group.

If you happen to belong to that group then you have every right to be offended by my post. Otherwise, you might be getting the wrong idea or looking way too into it. Ethnicity was never in my mind at the time I wrote the post.
 

Acadia

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smokey1

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Damn, I must have really taken that the wrong way, after reading my posts. I know everyone is in here for a common goal. Sorry for the harsh post.1 .
Smoke
 
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