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Old 07-06-2019, 11:22 PM   #1
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I got a problem with the spitfire. I followed the tutorials, start up, take off, landing. When I leave low level to high altitude, engine loose power and goes idle. Did I forget something not explained in the tutorials? Thank you very much for your help!


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Old 07-06-2019, 11:35 PM   #2
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I've just started flying the Spitfire too. I think you have to pressurize the tank once you pass a certain altitude. It's the turn switch on the bottom right of the front panel. Hope that helps,

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Old 07-06-2019, 11:39 PM   #3
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I've just started flying the Spitfire too. I think you have to pressurize the tank once you pass a certain altitude. It's the turn switch on the bottom right of the front panel. Hope that helps,

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This. Sounds like the tank pressure valve is off. Need to turn it on when climbing.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:14 AM   #4
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This. Sounds like the tank pressure valve is off. Need to turn it on when climbing.
you need only fuel pump for it to be turned on
tank pressure handle is for emergency
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:25 AM   #5
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you need only fuel pump for it to be turned on
tank pressure handle is for emergency
The fuel pump is for all use while in-flight, and is only off while on the ground. The tank pressure is used for all times when at high altitude, about 16,000ft in my experience. If off, the engine will fail exactly as described in the OP. There are no adverse effects of turning it on while at lower altitudes, at least none that I've noticed. Some folks even include turning the tank pressure on as part of their startup procedure.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:47 AM   #6
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Better described here


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Old 07-07-2019, 05:36 AM   #7
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you need only fuel pump for it to be turned on
tank pressure handle is for emergency
Grafspee is right. Turn on the fuel pump (low left, first switch from front) and You will be ok.
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:57 AM   #8
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hi gaby,



the fuel pump switch is the most annoying one to see in the spit as its slightly hidden under your large black elevator trim wheel to your left.



once the engine is running look down underneath there and turn it on. I believe this is what your experiencing.



The fuel pressure key or switch on the right hand side doesn't need to be used unless the low pressure light comes on.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:16 AM   #9
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Grafspee is right. Turn on the fuel pump (low left, first switch from front) and You will be ok.
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No, see my post above. It is not for emergency.

It is possible that it could be the fuel pressure. I haven't considered this.

In this case, we can't determine what the problem is, based off what's provided in the OP. We need to know of the fuel pressure lamp turns on when the engine dies. If it does, turn on the fuel pump. If it doesn't, turn on the tank pressure.

“high altitude” isn't a number. To me, it's 12,000ft and up, so I immediately went to the tank pressure. But that depends on what your opinion of what “high altitude” is.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:28 AM   #10
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Zach, if every time the engine go down is the pump... I'm talking because I had exactly the same problem when I started flying the Spitfire, tryied all the possible procedure to pressurize the fuel... Then one user on ED forum tell me to check the fuel pump... I completely missed it and also the autostart procedure apparently... Started to ignite it at the engine warm up and from that point I haven't anymore the problem

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