Ignition Systems

  • Continental® magnetos are renowned for their rugged, reliable and repairable design. But they operate in exactly the same harsh environments as your engine, undergoing the same heat, vibration and abrasion. So they need regular inspection, repair and overhaul and eventually, replacement. The professionals advise that it’s always safer to replace, but talk to your mechanic and make sure you follow the guidelines.

    • Magneto scheduled maintenance intervals are:
      • 100 hour: Mag-to-engine timing & general condition
      • 500 hour:
        • Cleaning, inspection, re-lubrication
        • Impulse coupling wear inspection
         
      • 4 years or Engine TBO, whichever comes first
       
    • Continental® rebuilt magnetos meet new standards, including all current parts and processes
    • Tested 100%, with same warranty as new magnetos
    • Continental® ignition harnesses are custom fit for your airframe and engine combination
    • Continental® ignition harnesses are available for both Continental® and Slick magnetos!
    • Competitors' magneto cores accepted at full credit

    NEW Shower of Sparks Technology

     
    Ignition Systems
    Shower of Sparks Technology
    Shower of Sparks with Magnetos

    Continental® now offers NEW ignition kits with Shower of Sparks technology, redefining the future for Lycoming®* 540 series engine owners. Continental® S-200/204 and S-1208/1209 magnetos are not affected by Airworthiness Directives (ADs) requiring mandatory impulse coupling inspections every 250 or 500 hours, allowing you to forego these costly inspections and associated downtime. 

    Shower of Sparks is a simple system for boosting ignition energy and altering timing during starting for added ignition reliability, whether your engine is cold or hot. Continental® offers the engine ignition kit that includes magnetos using “Shower of Sparks” technology, and matching ignition harness. A separate Continental®airplane kit includes a starting vibrator and necessary hardware to complete the installation. In most cases, the installation of the new Continental® Shower of Sparks ignition kit is accomplished in the same amount of time needed for a mandatory impulse coupling inspection per ADs associated with Lycoming®* 540 engines, ensuring cost and downtime savings.

    Continental® Shower of Sparks ignition kits are eligible for installation on a variety of Lycoming®* engines. We also offer full core value for like models and for all Slick®** magnetos when transitioning to a Shower of Sparks ignition kit. Some of the more common models where Shower of Sparks can greatly improve your ignition systems are Textron® 182 & 206, Diamond® DA40, Mahindra® Airvan GA8, Mooney® M20M, and Piper® PA-28-235, PA-32-260 & -300 (see Continental® Ignition Application Data, publication X44001 for engine application and supported aircraft models). See SIL671A for airplane STC starting vibrator installation kit.

    How old are your magnetos

    Black Bendix data plate

    Black Bendix data plates
    are at least 52 years old

    Red Bendix data plate

    Red and blue Bendix data plates
    are at least 27 years old

    Blue Continental Atlanta data plate

    Red and blue Continental Atlanta data plates
    are at least 20 years old

  • * Lycoming® is a registered trademark of Textron Innovations Inc. Any reference to Lycoming® or associated trademarks, word marks, and products is only for purposes of identifying engines with which Continental® parts are compatible, or for which Continental® offers maintenance services. Continental® parts compatible with Lycoming® engines are aftermarket parts and are not original equipment parts. Continental® is not connected to, affiliated with, or sponsored by, or endorsed by Textron Innovations Inc. or Lycoming® Engines, a Division of Avco Corporation, or any of their affiliate companies.
  • ** Slick® is a registered trademark of Champion Aerospace, LLC. Any reference to Slick® or associated trademarks, word marks, and products is only for purposes of identifying magnetos with which Continental® parts are compatible, or for which Continental® offers maintenance services. Continental® parts compatible with Slick® magnetos are aftermarket parts and are not original equipment parts. Continental® is not connected to, affiliated with, or sponsored by, or endorsed by Champion Aerospace LLC. Slick®, or any of their affiliate companies.



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