Jump to content


Photo

KFC 150 Autopilot


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 2jetman

2jetman

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 25 posts
  • LocationSpringfield Missouri
  • Reg #:N924TF
  • Model:M20M

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:31 PM

Does anyone know if its possible to fix the "ALT" light on a KFC 150 autopilot without removing the unit and sending it to a avionics shop? The autopilot still works like it should, just no ALT light.



#2 David Mazer

David Mazer

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 750 posts
  • LocationKSFB, Longwood, FL
  • Model:Flying: 1974 M20F, Sold: 1986 M20K Rocket

Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:40 PM

Have you called Autopilot Central?



#3 2jetman

2jetman

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 25 posts
  • LocationSpringfield Missouri
  • Reg #:N924TF
  • Model:M20M

Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:25 PM

I havent but ill look them up and give them a call. A local avionics shop told me that I will probably have to remove it and send it off for repair. I was hoping to find a simple quick fix, but again... its aviation.



#4 flyboy0681

flyboy0681

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 2,026 posts
  • Model:'83 J

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:38 PM

The HDG indicator burnt out on my KAP 150 and it was not cheap to get it fixed. I can't say for certain but I think the lighting element may be part of the board itself, not a screw in or bayonet mount. The unit worked perfectly fine, just the indicator did not illuminate.



#5 2jetman

2jetman

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 25 posts
  • LocationSpringfield Missouri
  • Reg #:N924TF
  • Model:M20M

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:13 PM

Thanks flyboy0681, did you have to remove it and send it off, or have it repaired at a local shop somewhere?



#6 flyboy0681

flyboy0681

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 2,026 posts
  • Model:'83 J

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:14 PM


Quote: 2jetman


Thanks flyboy0681, did you have to remove it and send it off, or have it repaired at a local shop somewhere?




The avionics shop sent it out to their main facility.



#7 PTK

PTK

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 2,219 posts
  • LocationNJ
  • Reg #:N910BU
  • Model:M20J

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:49 AM

My experience has been with a King silver crown radio whose display was acting up. The digits were flickering on and off at times. As I was told by my avionics shop it is easy and relatively inexpensive to change the displays on that family of radios to brand new ones. I was going to do that but then I decided on the GTN750 instead.


Having said that the KC192 is in a different category I think. It is a computer/controller/ANNUNCIATOR for the ap. It follows then that it most likely has to be repaired and properly tagged with paperwork and such to be able to be certified and reinstalled. Just my guess!



#8 WilliamR

WilliamR

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 31 posts

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:48 AM

I've had a couple of the lights go out on my KFC-150 in the past.  Flyboy0681 is right.  The lights are tiny wheat bulbs that are part of the board.  At least that's what my mediocre avionics shop said.  They were able to replace the bulbs (two in my case) for about $300 to $400 on site by taking out the unit and bench servicing it.  This shop routinely over charges for labor, but they are convenient.  That is a long way of saying, you could probably get it done for less. 


BTW, down time was less than a day.  Hope that helps.



#9 jetdriven

jetdriven

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 5,877 posts
  • Locationtexas
  • Model:1977 M20J

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

Wow, 400$ for a grain of wheat bulb.  



#10 fantom

fantom

    Gary in SoFL @ KHWO

  • Members
  • 3,938 posts
  • LocationDavie, Florida
  • Reg #:N49GH
  • Model:'94 MSE 'J'

Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:10 PM

William....welcome to MooneySpace.


Where are you located and what model do you fly?


Putting that information in your signature block will help you get better answere ans assist everyone in understanding your replies.



#11 Randy_B

Randy_B

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 28 posts
  • LocationBoise, ID
  • Reg #:N374SM
  • Model:84' M20J

Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:14 PM

About 18 months ago I had two lights go out on my KFC-150 display.   Everything worked just fine, just no lights.  The unit was sent to Autopilot Central for repairs.  Just over 1.0 AMU latter the display and vertical trim rocker switch were replaced.  There may have been an upgrade or mod to the unit, I don't recall.  It is never as easy or simple as I thought it would be.    



#12 flyboy0681

flyboy0681

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 2,026 posts
  • Model:'83 J

Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:23 PM

Regardless of the occasional costs over the years, I love the unit.



#13 PTK

PTK

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 2,219 posts
  • LocationNJ
  • Reg #:N910BU
  • Model:M20J

Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:48 PM


Quote: flyboy0681


Regardless of the occasional costs over the years, I love the unit.




I love the unit also. It's awesome flying behind the flight director! Does anyone have an opinion on the KAS-297B altitude preselect module? I don't have it now and have considered adding it. I don't know how useful it would be. How different is it from just pressing the Alt button?



#14 David Mazer

David Mazer

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 750 posts
  • LocationKSFB, Longwood, FL
  • Model:Flying: 1974 M20F, Sold: 1986 M20K Rocket

Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

I love the KAS-297B preselect!  It seems ATC always wants me to change frequencies, headings, and routing just as I arrive at an altitude and the preselect makes it no big deal.  Granted, it isn't one of the newer units that allows holding an indicated air speed, as opposed to just a vertical speed, but it makes the workload much easier in complicated airspace.



#15 jetdriven

jetdriven

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 5,877 posts
  • Locationtexas
  • Model:1977 M20J

Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:56 PM

Wait till the DFC-90 comes out.



#16 David Mazer

David Mazer

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 750 posts
  • LocationKSFB, Longwood, FL
  • Model:Flying: 1974 M20F, Sold: 1986 M20K Rocket

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:59 PM

I'd have to believe that the KAS-297B add on would be a lot cheaper than a whole new AP.



#17 Mitch

Mitch

    Won't Leave!

  • Members
  • 1,604 posts

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:10 PM


Quote: flyboy0681


Regardless of the occasional costs over the years, I love the unit.




I have had excellent service from the KFC-150 in my Mooney as well.  With that said, I had a couple of bulbs replaced by Sterling Avionics in Concord, CA.  I don't recall the cost but it was very resonable.  Smile


 






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users