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    YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Thought I would past along some imformation on testing of the new YS-170CDI Ignition engine. This is a standard 170 with the retofit of the ignition system. YS really outdid themselves on this setup. The intake rotor is now made from aluminum and has the ignition pickup magnet mounted into it. The hall effect sensor is in mounted in the fenolic backplate making for sealed internal installation. The ignition module is a standard battery powered unit with a wire mesh insulated high tension lead. Spark plug is a 1/4-32 standard unit that's been around for years.

    Ignition power: I ran battery power directly from the receiver to save weight. I have flown both the Futaba G3 on 2048 and now the 2.4/R6014FS with the ignition powered directly from a spare port in the receiver for 6.0 volt power to the ignition and not one radio problem to date, something we would have never done years ago due to the scare of ignition noise through the radio.


    My setup:
    Cool power 30% LS fuel
    APC 19-11 New prop that APC made me for this application, availbale now.
    Addional weight the the airframe= 4.5 oz


    Here is what I have observed:

    Instant Starting
    No detonation at anytime
    No kickback
    1400 RPM Idle, and smooth
    Best down line braking seen to date
    No flameouts
    Much less smoke
    Power is the same or better than glow plug
    Fuel economy- 8 oz of fuel is all that is needed for P or F pattern. Currently with 20 oz of fuel at takeoff I can complete P and F patterns, 3-4 extra manuevers, land, taxi and still drain fuel from the tank. All on 30% LS Cool Power. At power you can hardly see any smoke what so ever. I have now installed a second overflow on the fuel tank to limit the fuel load for contest flights to 10 oz. I just saved a half pound!

    I am so impressed I dont think I will ever run a glow plug for pattern again.

    I'm Sold

    Richard at YS tells me this fall for upgrade kits to retrofit current engines, so a little while longer to wait while more testing and manufacture of the systems takes place.

    Thank You YS





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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Great feedback, Bill. Obviously the motor is burning the fuel more efficiently now - do you think we'll see a lessening in the carboning of the exhaust valve?
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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    bill, don't forget to honor us with your presence in the classic pattern forum once in a while.

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Bill,

    I assume that we could retrofit the 1.60 also. ?Correct?

    Thanks,

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Bill, Is there an estimate of what it's going to cost?
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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Thanks for the update Bill

    Seems too good to be true. Cant wait for the release. does the spark plug simply screw into the existing plug location or are some modifications required?

    Regards,

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    HI Bill

    How many % oil do you use on your 170 DZ cdi ?
    Steph Carrier used 7 % oil and 25 % nitro oil and now he is testing 5 % oil and 20 % nitro.
    Regards

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Hi Papone,

    What type of oil is Steph Carrier using?

    Regards,

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Hi Peter

    Fuel is made by Mecafuel (France)
    It is synthetic oil. The same oil in standard fuel for YS.
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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    ORIGINAL: papaone

    HI Bill

    How many % oil do you use on your 170 DZ cdi ?
    Steph Carrier used 7 % oil and 25 % nitro oil and now he is testing 5 % oil and 20 % nitro.
    Regards
    I think the answer has already been provided by Bill, according to his initial post he uses CP 30% Low Smoke Heli fuel which means 20% oil if not mistaken.
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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Some Answers,
    Vincente, I think the upgrade will only be for the 170 at first, the 170's now have a different case so the retrofit may not fit 160, just 170's at first, might need a dedicated 160 unit and I do not know about the availablity of that.

    Cost, do not know at this time, I just know that it will be worth it. It makes the handling of the engine wonderful.

    Fuel, I have been Coolpower 30LS which has 20% oil.

    I am only running the high speed needle at 3/4 of a turn out.

    Bill


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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report


    ORIGINAL: billtulsa

    Cost, do not know at this time, I just know that it will be worth it. It makes the handling of the engine wonderful.
    Bill,

    Dick Hanson had similar things to say about his experiments with spark ignition on the ST2300 a number of years ago. I am a 2 stroke guy, so never had to worry about the YS handling issues but I had wondered if spark ignition would make them easier to deal with. Since many people are now building glow powered 2M airframes well under 11lb, the extra weight of the ignition is not a terrible penalty to pay considering the returns. Just the fuel economy increase is worth it alone, with the cost of fuel where it is now.


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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Bill what about the 170cdi running temperature. Is it significantly higher then the normal glow version? I mean at the lean setting you are running.

    I made some experiments with a runtronic ignition on a YS140 years ago, and found it hade many positive effects (smoother running, no kick back etc). It could be run much leaner, like you have experienced, but temperature went up more then I expected. I felt it was a bit tricky to adjust the engine as there was less feedback on what was a good setting. I feared it would run to hot if the setting was to lean. Perhaps a built in temperature sensor could be useful (integrated with the cdi unit), or just a hand held IR thermo. I really would be scared to run a 170 cdi on 5% oil and a lean setting

    Another thing I wonder is if you have had any problem with oil clogging up the spark plug during storage, causing problem to start the engine? I understand inverted spark plug engines can have this problem. Also if the engine gets soaked, the oil/fuel can kill the spark, causing difficulty in starting. I think this is all much worse on two strokes, but have you had any problems on the YS?

    It’s a shame YS had to feel the pressure from electrics in order to start this development. It should have been done years ago.

    /David

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report


    ORIGINAL: papaone

    HI Bill

    How many % oil do you use on your 170 DZ cdi ?
    Steph Carrier used 7 % oil and 25 % nitro oil and now he is testing 5 % oil and 20 % nitro.
    Regards
    Very interesting information and it makes a lot of sense to all of us who have thrown props in the air and damaged more than a few spinners because of YS kick back.

    I have been thinking aabout the oil percentage, but I can not see how using a spark plug would allow to reduce the oil content, in fact being able to run with a leaner mixture will reduce the amount of oil entering the engine. On gas engines I understand that you can use a much lower oil content because of the lubricant properties of gasoline (not the case with methanol). Anybody can help explain this?

    Thank you

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    I think that the lower oil content in gas engines is related to the roller bearings located at both ends of the connecting rod rather than lubricating properties of the fuel...

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Reko/David

    I do not know the temperature of the engine but it certainly does not seem hot at all, actually seems cooler than glow plug. I even set the needle too lean and flew it that way trying to find the perfect setting. Because it it does not set like a glow engine, it does not sag and overheat when too lean, just looses some power. It has shown no signs of overheating. I am runnng only 3/4 open on the high speed needle.

    Fuel economy is unreal, I burned more fuel in the 1980's patterns with a YS60 SS than I do now.

    I do have the engine baffled now that was not shown in the first picture, I use the YS shipping foam to baffle the engine. Tack glued to the fuse and case of the engine. This needs to be done on all YS installations, really helps in the hotter weather.

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Bill,
    how is the vibration on your YS with the CDI. looks like this will be the way to go
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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Hi Eabmex

    With a glow, the moment and duration of ignition of fuel is not controled.
    When there is compression, ignition starts and temperature in cylinder increases.
    So oil is used not only to lubrifiate but also to refresh. That what is oil is about 20 or 22 %.
    With Electronic Spark, ignition is at the good moment. So oil is only used to lubrifiate.
    15 to 17 % methanol replaces oil and gives to engine more power.

    Regards

    Sorry for my bad english



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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    The more I read, and the more I hear, the more interested I'm getting

    I think just the fuel economy alone is WAY more than worth the price difference. being that 30% heli is usually over $20 per gallon (varies greatly but that's about average) that's a HUGE savings right there alone.

    I'd be very interested in some IR temp readings about 30 seconds after shut down.

    Also the lack of a smoke trail would sort of close the advantage gap on electrics in that department. Currently you have to run a little lean, play with exhaust diffusers etc.

    The extra weight might be a disadvantage on some planes, but on better designs I don't think this is a problem at all.

    Ok I'm officially interested now!

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Todd,
    The vibration is much less, idle shake is just not there like before, still rocks a little. Running the new YS mount with the big diameter ring. I keep having to lean it the more it gets broken in, needles are going to be closed soon, down to 5/8 open on the main and out past flush on the regulator. 7-8oz of fuel for either P09 or F09, 30% and 19-11 prop.

    Bill

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Bill,

    What would the total engine weight be, with the ignition included?


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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Hi Bill

    Do you test fuel with 5% oil and 20 % nitro ?
    Carrier uses APC 18,1x12. Idle is about 600 t/mn.
    Regards

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Have you some pics...to show how is inside the motor ?
    where is the magnet system ?
    where are wires ?
    many pics please !!! we want understand !

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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report

    Hi Voldos

    You speak english but you are french !
    No pics for you; it's top secret !
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    RE: YS-170CDI Flight Report


    ORIGINAL: billtulsa


    Fuel economy is unreal, I burned more fuel in the 1980's patterns with a YS60 SS than I do now.

    My personal experience: YS .61 AR, long stroke, rear exhaust runs for 17 minutes from a 16 ounces tank !!


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