Good morning Phil and Others, from Las Vegas, Nevada [KLAS]
Dudley's POST a couple back is spot-on IMHO ..however-- .. I find PRIMING to be a point of disagreement.
SO scan up a couple posts and fully implement his remarks..I disagree on 1 step -->> PRIMINGWith a COLD ENGINE -->>
I have always had great startup success using a much longer 10 seconds PRIME...fires-up EVERY time..for me.With a HOT engine -->> 1 sec or NO PRIME
works for me.
-ps I approximate on 10 seconds by counting chimpanzees..it's not rocket science...10 does 'seem' to us human pllots like an awfully long time.
BUT after that Merlin starts it seems so well-worth it!
Starting and Priming is covered in the MANUAL pgs 36-57...NOT every SIM pilot agrees 100% with other pilots' methods or with the A2A manual either
What works for one pilot's style may well never work even if exactly duplicated for another one.
Generally on PRIMING I have found MORE PRIME (10 secs instead of 4 secs) gets a stubborn Merlin going more consistently.It's JUST a SIMULATION Happy SKIES to ALL
LASTLY...There can and has been great debate on startup and take-off.
IF we were ALL flying factory-built real world P51's (same make and model) there would be little reason or defense for straying from the Mfr's Manual.
B U T we aren't -->> We are ALL flying COMPUTERS...everyones' PC is different.