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Part# 08-17074
MFR Model# SIM4P


Note: Surefly strongly recommends the customer purchase a NEW slick-style harness and fresh spark plug set with every SureFly SIM.

The vast majority of 4-Cylinder applications will replace the impulse coupled magneto. 4.4 lbs.

SureFly is an FAA certified electronic (solid state) magneto replacement. The SureFly Ignition Module replaces one magneto - generally the left or impulse-coupled/starting magneto on most aircraft. 4 and 6-Cylinder models are available for Lycoming and Continental engines.

Replacing just one magneto eliminates magneto maintenance and cuts associated costs in half! Zero maintenance. Zero rebuilds. Zero overhauls. Most fixed-wing single engine aircraft can enable SureFly's advanced timing feature for improved cruise flight efficiency. Many other aircraft will be able to use the advanced timing feature as the FAA extends SureFly's Airframe STC AML.


For SureFly customers, 500 hours is simply not good enough. SureFly Ignition Modules provide operators a 2,400 hour operating service time. No inspections, no rebuilds, no overhauls. That prevents scheduling headaches and down time. That saves money. Period.

SureFly Ignition Modules have no mechanical parts that wear and all solid-state electronics. There's no need to disassemble a SIM like a magneto every 500 hours - which eliminates the chance of introducing a maintenance related failure.

SureFly Ignition Modules deliver a more consistent spark energy with higher accuracy than traditional magnetos. Variable timing advance provides SureFly customers real fuel savings. Low power consumption and light weight (up to 2 lbs. lighter than a Bendix magneto) make SureFly Ignition Modules light on fuel and light on the wallet too.

Better Starts
SureFly perfectly controls timing at TDC below 400 rpm which combined with longer spark dwell and the option to use wider gapped spark plugs, makes starting a breeze, greatly minimizing wear and tear on high performance starters and electrical systems.

SureFly Ignition Modules are hand built in Granbury, Texas almost entirely from components manufactured in Texas and Michigan. Designed, engineered, created and supported by the same team that brought you Sky-Tec starters and Plane-Power alternators, our approach to SureFly shares the same commitment, experience and passion for creating and bringing sensible, affordable solutions to the piston engine aviation market.

With the low cost of the units, combined with SureFly's potential fuel savings and low maintenance/replacement costs, there is simply no better value in magneto replacements for Lycoming and Continental engines.


  • Aviation spark plugs gapped .016 to .036
  • Slick style harness Shielded aviation harness
  • Input voltage 6-30 volts
  • Avg. Current @2700 500mA
  • Retards spark to TDC for starts
  • Up to 38 degrees Ignition advance RPM & MP based
  • Hall Effect sensors provide velocity and position input
  • Manifold pressure sensor range 6-74 inHg
  • Operational temp range -35 to 250 F
  • Minimum MTBF 2000 hrs
  • No interval inspections
  • RPM range 0-3500
  • Voltage to bridge .036 spark plug gap
  • Minimum 35mJ spark energy
  • 50mJ nominal energy


    Intelligent Timing Advance
  • For non-turbocharged engines, SureFly controls spark advance up to 38 before TDC as determined by manifold pressure and RPM (engine power setting). Each engine's base timing advance is read off the data plate and set into the SureFly Ignition Module or, "SIM" at installation. The timing advance schedule is hard set at the factory, when the SIM is manufactured, to provide the highest possible combustion efficiency.
    No Mechanical Points
  • Not only are points and condensers a point of failure in magneto ignitions, so are rotors and caps as they carbon track and provide alternate paths to ground as resistance builds in the system. That's why SureFly utilizes none of these antiquated technologies. SureFly components are all solid state and industrial-grade electronics.

    The result is zero maintenance, zero overhauls, no rebuilds, and no maintenance costs whatsoever! Nothing to wear. Nothing to maintain. Run it to 2,400 hours of SIM operation.


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It went on easily, the extra spark really made a difference in starting on my IO-390 with fine wire plugs. Maybe its a bad thing to not have to learn the most perfect possible way to set up a hot start, but I sure like the fact that it will just start now. Like learning to do rolls in a Pitts, vs. a Citabriaâ¦..you learn more technique and theory with the Citabria, but the Pitts is just easy and fun. I have it in fixed timing mode, but will try the advanced (variable) timing when I figure out how much the proprietary algorithm changes the timing. Im a bit paranoid about getting the CHTs up on climb out or high cruise. I think its an awesome replacement for an impulse coupled mag that is almost due for inspection/rebuild.

Customer O
February 1, 2020

Read somewhere this mag wont work with horizon tachs there is a reverse polarity issue, also need a cylinder head temp guage per the stc if you want to take advantage of the advance timing feature. Still looks to be better then standard slick mags though at this time.

Phil S
June 30, 2019


Q: Mooney utilizes the shower of sparks system and does not have an impulse coupler. Would I buy the Sim4p or the Sim4N?

A Shower of Sparks system would be replaced by a SIM4N. As a side note, that is a Bendix magneto and will require the installer to change the spark plug harness with one that mates to a Slick magneto. All SureFly units mate with Slick style harnesses.

Q: Regarding the Surefly: Do you need to change spark plugs or still use the aviation ones? How do you save fuel with this?

Per Surefly: With any of the SureFly units we recommend the owner stay with whatever plugs are approved for that aircraft. They work just fine with auto plugs in the experimental world, so the unit itself doesn't care. Fuel savings are dependent on the aircraft and the operator. Lots of variables there. In general, we might expect some savings when running lean of peak at cruise. The biggest advantages are NO MAINTENANCE and easier starting.

Q: So I do have a Horizon electronic tach which I really like as it shows the performance of both mags. So if I use this to replace one Mag , how will it interface with my Horizon tachometer? Thanks

At this time, the Horizon tach is not supported with SureFly. It is in the works, stay tuned.

Q: Is there a Horizon tach fix yet?

At this time, the Horizon tach is not supported with SureFly. It is in the works, stay tuned.

Q: Do you have to replace both magnetos on Lycoming engines when installing a SureFly SIMP4P?

No, you do not.

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