Pmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1042 times:
Just a quick question:
Rather than me calling Safire and asking, does anybody here think a Safire S-26 would require a GPU to start the engines? I can't see an A/C that small having an APU, so how do the engines start? If you need reference please look at http://www.safireaircraft.com.
Crjmech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 260 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
My guess would be that electric starters would be fitted, perhaps even starter/generators. An APU adds alot of weight and complexity, something that the designers seem to want to avoid. A GPU could be used to provide electrical power to start the engines or, providing they have enough juice, the aircraft's own batteries.
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Yaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 991 times:
You'll probably start the engines with battery power but I think you would want the GPU for electrical power for preflight etc. Turbine engines are expensive and I doubt you would want to burn time just for electrics.