The "IGN Start" switch is apparently a spring-loaded switch. All of those switches are sealed- the red rubber around the toggle handle keeps dirt & water out- a good idea. From the looks of the switches they may have been made by Cutler-Hammer or Honeywell. Mil-spec stuff, including those two dash lights! I'm a bit surprised that a spring-loaded switch guard was not installed on the electric fuel pump switch. They make shutting off the switch very quick in an emergency just a fast tap with a gloved hand snaps the toggle to the "off" position.
Blame low sales volume and an incredible amount of paperwork, certifications, etc. When I was working at Burr-Brown a government contract required us to certify that we did not employ slave labor, prisoners, or children- plus many, many other things that were required to be certified. The paperwork and lawyers' fees made it necessary to charge an arm and a leg just to break even. Congress is responsible for that mess.
its a nice photo Pedro, thanks for that. Learn something new every day and its a good day
I find it interesting that the switches were so similar and so close together. imagine going for the indicator and getting the starter or fuel pump.
i haven't had my dash out for ages so i cant remember how much space there is.
I agree with Tom. A switch should always be oriented so that a down toggle position is always "OFF". In an emergency there is no time to read the legends. I prefer an ON-OFF switch for main electrical power (including ignition) and a separate button for the starter. but that's just my personal preference.
The cockpit term "switchology" comes to mind. Like an airplane or helicopter, the GT-40 goes fast and demands your attention. When things go bad, they usually go bad quickly. It's nice to be able to swipe your hand across the switch plate and turn everything off quickly and not have to guess which switches are turned OFF up or down....
Yes, you just need to instantly react; no time to even think. I like using a spring-loaded switch guard to kill all the electric power. My "power" switch controls a big aircraft 12V contactor that is in series with everything but the starter motor armature.