Maintenance Matters

June 2010 Issue

The D-Mag’s Demise: Not a Crisis—Yet

Some inventions seem to be naturally bad ideas but work anyway, while others are bad ideas that donít actually work that well. In-tank electric fuel pumps are an example of the first, the Bendix dual mag as a poster child for the second. But not for much longer. Earlier this year, in a terse two-line press release, Teledyne C ontinental announced that itís discontinuing manufacture of the D2000 and D3000 Bendix magnetos. No details were offered nor provided by follow-up query, but we can connect the dots. D-mags arenít used on any Continental engines, just Lycomings. Litigationally speaking, theyíve lived a rough life so Continental must have figured why have the legal exposure just to supply a competitor with a few mags. Even a Goldman Sachs executive could figure that one out.

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