DocRon Posted July 10, 2012 Report Share Posted July 10, 2012 I have a 2008 CTLS that had a rather nasty starting problem. About 1/3 of the time, especially when the engine was cold, trying to start the engine would end with a Bang. That is, the blades would turn over a time or two and then just stop so suddenly that it would shake the airframe. For a time this happened 2-3 times before the engine would start. I realized that this had to be hard on the engine but didn't know what to do. Then my AI, Mr. Kent Johnson, at Stanton Sport Aviation (in Minnesota, www.stantonairfield.com) suggest the Softstart Module from Bully Hawk (www.bullyhawk.com) for $219.95 + shipping. Kent installed this module on top of the existing ignition (see softstart2 image). He added an additional starter button to the ignition panel (see softstart1 image) because of the new starting procedure. The way this module works (in layman/amateur language) is that the module starts the engine on the number 2 mag initially with the timing retarded for a second or two. Then the timing goes to normal shortly thereafter. This causes the engine to start just as quickly but somehow more gently. The new starting procedure is as follows: 1. Push Battery fuse IN. 2. Turn starter key to magneto 2. 3. Press starter button until engine starts. 4. Turn starter key to magnetos 1+2. Sounds funny, works beautifully. The engine starts easily and no more Banging to a stop in the starting sequence. Best of all, Kent wired this module into the ignition system (don't ask me how) so the engine can be started either way: Softstart or Normally. He also called Flight Design for permission and said that a LOA was on the way. It took two hours of labor for the installation. So, if you have this type of starting issues with your engine, consider this additon. I'm very pleased with the result. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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