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ROXunreal
03-05-2009, 10:18 AM
The only realistic thing I played without through the last few years, now that I (almost) started playing online I need to learn this, and I can't find it in the pinned threads.

so far I understand that it consists of the following:

1. Mixture
2. Magnetos
3. Supercharger

Now correct me if I'm wrong (I probably am http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif ) but this is how I see it:

Mixture as I understand it it the fuel richness of my.....fuel, eh? As in, the higher I go, the richer fuel I need because there is less oxygen and the normal fuel doesn't burn as good as at low altitude.

edit: or maybe I got it wrong, and it's actually the faster I go, the more mixture I need.

Supercharger pushes more oxygen into the engine for the same reason above, better performance at high alt.

I have absolutely no idea what magnetos are.

So, I am asking for more in depth clarification of what these things do, theoretically, and in practice in the game, as well as some general advice for using it in the game (I understand that it's different for each aircraft).

crucislancer
03-05-2009, 10:36 AM
For mixture, the higher you go, the less the mixture. Varies per plane.

Supercharger needs to be adjusted at higher altitudes, and this also varies.

Magnetos seem to be a useless feature. shutting off the magnetos basically shuts off the engine. I've heard in the past about their being some use in having just one magneto on, a forum seach might uncover that.

Are you familiar with prop pitch as well?

Sillius_Sodus
03-05-2009, 11:28 AM
Good question.

If you have external views enabled, you can tell if the mixture is too rich if your aircraft is producing black smoke from the exhaust...assuming you are not damaged of course http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Also, your engine may run roughly if the mixture is too rich, you can try this by selecting 120% mixture at altitude. Bear in mind that it will also run poorly if the mixture is too lean so you'll have to experiment to find just the right mixture.

As for the supercharger, in most aircraft, you make the selection at around 2500m/8000ft. I've found the best way to figure this out is to look at the manifold pressure gauge. Typically, if you are below switching altitude, selecting the supercharger to a higher setting will not result in an increase of manifold pressure.

In any case, if you do most of your flying in the weeds you won't have to worry about it.

Uufflakke
03-05-2009, 11:41 AM
Take a look at this website Roxunreal, it gives all the necessary info about mixture, magneto, supercharger etc...:

http://www.mission4today.com/i...=show&kid=249&page=1 (http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Knowledge_Base&op=show&kid=249&page=1)

ROXunreal
03-05-2009, 12:09 PM
Yes i know what prop pitch is, though again I don't know how to correctly set it.

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

so magnetos are completely useless in the game?

Sillius_Sodus
03-05-2009, 12:11 PM
Originally posted by ROXunreal:
Yes i know what prop pitch is, though again I don't know how to correctly set it.

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

so magnetos are completely useless in the game?

Magnetos do not need to be adjusted, just selected on.