Engine Starting


Safely conduct an engine start.


This is the required reading for this lesson. Numbers in [brackets] indicate the starting and ending page in the referenced reading material. Read all the pages and sections referenced.


The notes below highlight the important parts in the referenced material. Reading the notes without having read the actual referenced material is generally not sufficient to pass the written exam!

AFH - Chapter 2

  • Follow proper checklists
  • Example for a Piper Seminole PA44-180
    • Cowl Flaps - OPEN
    • Battery Switch - ON
    • Landing Gear - THREE GREEN
    • Alternators - ON
    • Beacon - ON
    • Left Engine
      • Magnetos - ON
      • Mixture - RICH
      • Propeller - HIGH RPM
      • Throttle - ½ in OPEN
      • Prime - AS REQUIRED
      • Fuel Pump - ON
      • Starter - ON
      • Throttle - 1000 RPM
      • Oil Pressure - CHECK
      • Ammeter - CHECK
      • Fuel Pump - OFF
    • Right Engine
      • Same as for Left Engine
    • Avionics - ON

Sim Pilot Notes

These notes highlight the differences between simulator and real-world flying. These differences are most often due to simulator limitations or specific VATSIM rules.

AFH - Chapter 2

  • Although in the simulator there are no actual objects that can be damaged by a starting aircraft, general care is still prudent so that the aircraft is started in an area that offers unhindered access to the apron and taxiways.

Tomas Hansson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Chief Flight Instructor, VATSTAR
DISCLAIMER: all information contained herein is for flight simulation purposes only.
March 2021

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