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KA 350 Engine Start/Shut-Down

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I've been trying to resolve this problem for some time and finally noticed what I think is a problem with the FSX KA-350 panel.I use the GF TQ-6 and have each axis assigned and calibrated with FSUIPC. After the initial engine start, each time I move the mixture levers to cut-off, the engines go into start-up mode. The turbines have not even stopped when I hear them spooling up again.As far as I can tell, this only happens with the KA 350.I noticed that the KA 350 engine ignition switches are not spring loaded to the Off position. When your flip the start switch it stays in the On position. Is this correct or a problem with the FSX panel? I checked in FS9 and while the switch does not move, if you release the mouse button the engine starters stop, meaning that in FS9, the switches are spring loaded to the Off position.Could someone confirm that this is or is not a problem with the FSX KA350.Regards,Richard

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If anyone gets a break from writing about Vista and FSX, I sure could use some help with this question. Richard

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Have you tried posting in the correct forum?But I know what you mean about Vista.Allcott

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I've never flown the real KA350 (only the -200, and BE1900C/D), but in all of those, the start switches were NOT spring loaded, ie the left hand seat pilot had to manually switch them where ever they were required to be. It's been a few years, but I recall there were 'Start' (with ignition), 'Off', and 'Motor' (without ignition) positions. It's possible that the 'Motor' position was spring loaded, but as I said it's been several years, and I can't remember.

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Ok, just dug my KA200 manual out, and it seems my memory was pretty much correct (wierd!) - the starter switches (marked 'LEFT' and 'RIGHT') are located on the pilot's left subpanel (sort of next to your left kneecap) under the marking 'IGNITION AND ENGINE START'. They have three positions (as mentioned above) marked 'ON', 'OFF' and 'STARTER ONLY' (which I erroneously called 'Motor' above). The 'STARTER ONLY' position is indeed spring loaded to off, but the 'ON' position is NOT.I can only assume the Beechcraft/Raytheon kept things similar throughout the line, given that the even the BE1900's were virtually identical in this respect.

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Hi Arm,Thank you for the information. Your reply reminded me that I have a B-1900UE systems manual tucked away somewhere. Found it and took a look. Your are correct about the switches. In the Engine Start section, the UE manual states that the switches are indeed latched when placed in the up position but must be held in the lower, starter only, position.So the FSX KA350 panel is correct. Now I just need to make sure the switches are placed in the Off position after start.Regards,Richard

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