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Old 25th Feb 2016, 00:40
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Chu Chu
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 315
I'm curious how great the efficiency gains from things like electronic ignition and fuel injection are on an aircraft engine. On a road vehicle, the computer makes a big difference be ensuring that mixture, timing, etc. are optimized all the time.

But it shouldn't be that hard to set up old-fashioned carburetion and ignition for maximum efficiency in one condition -- cruise flight. Once you have that, how much more will a bunch of silicon add?
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