Code of Federal Regulations

Title 14 - Aeronautics and Space
Volume: 1Date: 2023-01-01Original Date: 2023-01-01Title: Section 29.1165 - Engine ignition systems.Context: Title 14 - Aeronautics and Space. CHAPTER I - FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. SUBCHAPTER C - AIRCRAFT. PART 29 - AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY ROTORCRAFT. Subpart E - Powerplant. - Powerplant Controls and Accessories.
§ 29.1165 Engine ignition systems. (a) Each battery ignition system must be supplemented with a generator that is automatically available as an alternate source of electrical energy to allow continued engine operation if any battery becomes depleted. (b) The capacity of batteries and generators must be large enough to meet the simultaneous demands of the engine ignition system and the greatest demands of any electrical system components that draw from the same source. (c) The design of the engine ignition system must account for— (1) The condition of an inoperative generator; (2) The condition of a completely depleted battery with the generator running at its normal operating speed; and (3) The condition of a completely depleted battery with the generator operating at idling speed, if there is only one battery. (d) Magneto ground wiring (for separate ignition circuits) that lies on the engine side of any firewall must be installed, located, or protected, to minimize the probability of the simultaneous failure of two or more wires as a result of mechanical damage, electrical fault, or other cause. (e) No ground wire for any engine may be routed through a fire zone of another engine unless each part of that wire within that zone is fireproof. (f) Each ignition system must be independent of any electrical circuit that is not used for assisting, controlling, or analyzing the operation of that system. (g) There must be means to warn appropriate crewmembers if the malfunctioning of any part of the electrical system is causing the continuous discharge of any battery necessary for engine ignition. [Doc. No. 5084, 29 FR 16150, Dec. 3, 1964, as amended by Amdt. 29–12, 41 FR 55473, Dec. 20, 1976]
Powerplant Fire Protection