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About CharlesHuddleston

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  • Birthday 11/05/1974

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    Cookeville, TN
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    Military, Surgery, My 2 Sons, Lovely Wife,
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    1982 M20K

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  1. CharlesHuddleston

    Gear Safety Bypass

    My mistake. Yes the floor indicator was DARK, as it was supposed to be. It turned GREEN when I cycled the gear down.
  2. CharlesHuddleston

    Gear Safety Bypass

    Yes, both annunciater light was off, and floor mounted indicator was green and lined up. And, this happened about 30-45 mins after take-off.
  3. CharlesHuddleston

    Gear Safety Bypass

    So I went out flying today, sight-seeing with a friend, and all of a sudden I hear an alarm. It was a constant, high pitched sound. I start scanning all the instruments, annunciators, radios, Sentry CO2 monitor, EVERYTHING!!! I powered off all the avionics and it quit while the avionics master was off. Fortunately we were flying straight and level at roughly 3,000' AGL. I immediately started scanning our location, as I turned back towards an airfield that was just a couple miles away. I kept checking and double-checking everything, and then started to question when I might have heard that specific sound before. Then, in a flash of my memory, I reached up and pushed the Gear Safety Bypass button, and low and behold the alarm went off!!! We were moving slow enough, so I cycled the gear, and they went down, and then back up fine. Turned back to home base, and landed without incident or any other alarm. Anyone ever experience this before? (While the airplane was in the air, not on jack stands!) Appreciate your thoughts!
  4. CharlesHuddleston

    Add GPSS / Roll Steering Converter???

    Thanks for everyone's input. The plane had a King HSI installed when I got it, so adding the GPSS to the KAP 150/G530W combo was the easiest solution. When I searched on MS, I actually found the information about the GAC module. From there, have found a used one at a decent price, which was removed during an upgrade. From the DAC paperwork that I've read, the unit has a MTBF of 50,000 hrs, so I not at all worried about it being used!
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    Add GPSS / Roll Steering Converter???

    Hello all, I have an '82 M20K, with a G530W and a King KAP 150. Works great, still learning how to fully use it as I get my IFR training. I have been looking at possibly adding a DAC GDC31 roll steering converter to add GPSS capability. When I talked to some of the local pilots, they mention that they usually only fly heading mode anyway, so didn't know if it would be worth it in the long run. Thoughts/Ideas/Suggestions? I found a used one for under 1 AMU, but wasn't sure how bad the install would be. 1. What benefit will it add other than following the magenta line? 2. Guesstimate on install time/cost? Thanks in advance for the comments!
  6. CharlesHuddleston

    Too soon to move on to a Mooney 231? 130TT

    I got my 231 with about 100 hrs, mostly in a Cherokee and Archer. The hardest part for me has been learning engine power settings and management, but I have enjoyed learning! It is a great airplane. Are there better ones out there? Yes. Are there cheaper or more expensive ones? Yes. It all depends on what you are looking for as far as mission and budget! After all, the thing that makes most airplanes fly is money! Bottom line is making sure you get the help and training to transition into a high-performance/complex airframe. Good luck!
  7. CharlesHuddleston

    MooneySpace Member Map

    Count me in as well!
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    My story is quite as price-intensive... as of yet! I bout my 1982 M20K from the US Marshals Service after it was seized. No logs, so got into it cheap. Had the prop overhauled, mags inspected, installed the "stolen" avionics to include a G530W, a G330 transponder, and a G340 audio panel. That and a VERY thorough annual to get her back in flying shape. Then, I have seen countless hours buffing the paint, scrubbing the interior, repairing some interior plastics, etc... But I was looking for a 'forever' plane, and had already figured out that this is an expensive hobby! My only achilles heel at this point: not knowing the engine time. Fortunately the compressions are great, its not making any metal, and it is running strong. All that to say, now that I have spent the money, I am still findings things that I could/would like to spend more on!!!
  9. CharlesHuddleston

    Fuel Cap Rehab

    Stainless was my first thought. That way, it would be one and done! I have been reading about turning it on the lathe, and will try to see if I can come up with a piece to try it on. I also considered just using a piece of aluminum bar, but wondered if it would be strong enough to last.
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    Fuel Cap Rehab

    I could easily be persuaded to make another one (or two). The piece of stock I bought was only about 3 feet long, so I might have a little extra! Shoot me a msg and I will see what I can do.
  11. CharlesHuddleston

    Fuel Cap Rehab

    Turned the shape on the lathe, cut the length, and then threaded with a die. Made a second one tonight, so now I have replaced both. Second one went a LOT quicker, and actually looks better.
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    Fuel Cap Rehab

    Happy Labor Day to me. So, Harbor Freight had a 25% off coupon... Here's take one. Threaded portion is a little longer, but that part is not the critical part. I have to say, I am very pleased with myself.
  13. CharlesHuddleston

    Fuel Cap Rehab

    So, after reading through the issues/costs associated with metal printing, I think I will just invest in a micro-lathe, and turn the pieces from some bar stock. That way, I can make one or a dozen, and if it works out, I will offer them to those here on MS. After all, the community has been a great help for me. I like making things, and certainly like to be able to give back to others. I will keep everyone posted.
  14. CharlesHuddleston

    WTB Garmin 530W - 14V

    Thanks to all, I got one, slid it in the tray, and it works like a charm!
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    Fuel Cap Rehab

    Wow, the titanium printing option is certainly an interesting topic! I might chase this one down the rabbit hole to see where it leads...