Introduction to Tach Time
Tach Time is calculated based on the average cruise RPM for your aircraft. Tach Time is accumulated once per second, using the following calculation:
Tach Time = Tach Time + (Current RPM / Average Cruise RPM).
Tach Time is true (counting at 1:1 with HOBBS), when your current RPM is at the Average Cruise RPM setting in the EDM.
- When your RPM is less than Average Cruise RPM (when taxiing, decent, etc), Tach Time will count slower than HOBBS Time.
- When your RPM is higher than Average Cruise RPM (during takeoff, climbing, etc), Tach Time will count faster than HOBBS Time.
Calibrating Tach Time
When shipped from the factory, your J.P. Instruments EDM will be set with Average Cruise RPM = 2400.
If your aircraft’s average cruise RPM is not 2400 RPM, follow these steps to set the Average Cruise RPM value.
- With the engine off, enter Pilot Program Mode by holding STEP and LF for 2 seconds.
- Tap NEXT repeatedly until END? is displayed.
- Tap the FACTORY button, or hold STEP and LF for 2 seconds.
- Tap NEXT until AVERAGE CRUISE RPM is displayed
- Hold the left 2 buttons for 2 seconds to allow modification of the Average Cruise RPM.
- Tap PLUS or MINUS to modify the RPM value.
- When the value is properly set, hold the left 2 buttons for 2 seconds to save changes.
- Tap NEXT until END? is displayed.
- Tap YES to restart the EDM.
Important: Be sure to set AVERAGE CRUISE RPM in the first 10 hours of operation. After 10 hours of operation, the Average Cruise RPM setting will be locked down to prevent tampering with Tach Time values.