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    KLUK Cincinnati, Ohio
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    M20E

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  1. Over the past couple of weeks, I've chatted with Cecelia and Kevin at Brittain quite a bit. Kevin gave me pointers on removing the B-601 panel from the aircraft. My hope was that there was something wrong with the unit and he'd be able to fix it and I'd be back in autopilot-business. We chatted after he bench tested the unit and told me that the unit was working fine (and nothing needed to be repaired). He then suggested that I use a voltage meter and see if I get a voltage between the ground and positive on pins 1 and 2 of the cable that connects to the back of the B-601. After several trips and hours upside down, under the pilot's side panel, I was able to find a 22-guage wire that was broken... and was then able to find its broken partner. Reconnecting these wires, I was able to get voltage back to Pins 1 and 2. Cecelia sent the (now cleaned and yellow-tagged) B-601 back to me. This morning, I reinstalled the unit in the panel and taxied around the 500-foot ceiling airport. In the run-up area, I turned the autopilot to Heading and turned the heading. Kevin told me that the system would turn the yokes/actuate the ailerons . And Whoop! The AP commanded a left turn. See the video though, I'm thinking through it, but is appears that I must have a vacuum leak for right hand turns as the autopilot returns to center, but is not pulled to the right (i.e., the left boot releases it pressure, but the right boot doesn't pull the opposite direction past zero/level). As I write this up, I think that I can narrow down the issues to a hose issue, boot issue, or valve issue by figuring out a way to see if the tail or possibly even just the rudder pedals move concurrently with the aileron left, center, right movement. AP_-_1.m4v
  2. My M20E has the B-6 System with Altitude hold. The panel (aka B-601) used to have the eyeball, but that was blanked out prior to my ownership. As I understand, there were two sides (two halves of a circle split vertically - each with a horizontal white line). As the pilot would pull the "Alt Hold" to turn on the altitude hold, he would align the floating, horizontal while lines to match up. I think that this aligned the pitch of the airplane to assist in (easily (easier(?)) holding altitude for the AP. This eyeball had two vacuum lines to it. I think that these vacuum lines now (ultimately) route to a pitch sensor (in my airplane) in the tailcone area - right under the altitude hold box (I'm still learning about how this works).
  3. This is the BI-201 Sensor. in my M20E, mine was mounted in the tail cone and accessible through the large pilot's side access panel. Although it looks rigid, it freely swing's back and forth.
  4. I'm learning more and more about the Brittain B-6 Autopilot system that I have. Since this is the longest thread, I'm going to post seemingly obvious things that I've learned here. To remove the B-601 until from the panel, see the attached pictures for some tips.
  5. M20E First Upgrade

    And a greatly reduced draw of current from the system. Nice. Did the same thing on my E. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  6. All instruments going nuts

    If you go up again, I wonder if pushing up on the lower right or pushing right in the outside left side of the panel will create a “new shock mount” and fix the problem. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  7. All instruments going nuts

    Do you have any old photos of your panel? It seems strange that the yoke-rod coming through the panel is not centered. If you have an old photo that shows that it used to be centered, this would cause me to think that a shock absorbing item shifted or failed in the panel mount. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  8. So far, I don't know of any real, financial, weight-efficient solution - except passive or active (or both) protection of the ears. Unless Mooney comes out with a pusher prototype - put all of the noise and vibration a little behind us.
  9. Today's flight for 2017

    Flew Cincinnati to Ohio State and back for Cross Country meet yesterday - 40 minutes in the air beats 2+ hours on the ground - even with a required Uber ride. 3,000 feet, 61% power at about 6.5gph. Added about 5 minutes to the flight. Altimeter was 30.41 - I'd never heard that high before - got several remarks throughout the flights as others were checking in.
  10. Just for comparison. In the center of the cabin of the E at 3,000 ft 25x2500 - 99 dB 21x2350 - 93 dB
  11. I have a set of black quiet technologies halo headsets for sale - bought about two weeks ago - I like them, but I found that I like my David Clark's better. All original items less one set of foam plugs included. $350.
  12. Today's flight for 2017

    Flew from Cincinnati to Kansas City on Wednesday and returned yesterday. Headwind on the way out kept the GS and IAS about the same the whole way - 140mph at 8500. Loved seeing 170mph GS at 9500 on the way back though. Under 65% both ways - leaned the cruise back to about 8.2 gph using LOP. After 4 hours of flight, landed with about 20 gallons remaining in the tanks. Leaving Downtown KC airport with a right 270 back over the airport - saw a mylar balloon at about 2,000 feet. Reminded me of Mark's (Hedge's) story of the drone at 4,500 - mine was not nearly as lethal, but the time between "what?" and "it's now past me" isn't too, too long.
  13. In The Ear Headset - Opinions?

    Agree - that is just the way my ear canals are - headset and earplugs work better.
  14. In The Ear Headset - Opinions?

    Hi all, I have a pair of the Quiet Technology in-the-ear headsets for sale. I received them a few weeks ago and have flown with them for about 10 hours. Although I like them, I think the my ear canals are just not the right type to use these. I'm offering them for sale at my cost with free shipping (kind of a balance for using one set of the in ear foam plugs that I don't think that you'll want - there are four sets of foam and a couple of the other kind included). DM me if you'd like them - $367.50.
  15. Today's flight for 2017

    Flew to Illinois today... because it was there and to color in another state.