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Question #20295 posted on 11/04/2005 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do you start an airplane?

-disco stu

A: Dear Discy,

That would kind of depend on what kind of plane it was, now wouldn't it?

-CGNU Grad
A: Dear disco,

I would start an airplane by first setting the brakes (out of safety precautions), then the mixture and the throttle. Then I'd turn the master switch on, make sure the propeller is clear (also for safety), put the key in the ignition, and turn the key to engage the starter. But I'm just saying this with a specific small airplane in mind. Like CGNU Grad said, it depends on the plane. You might be interested in these articles about how jet engines are started: http://travel.howstuffworks.com/question411.htm and http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/aug98/901249186.Eg.r.html

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz