Problems with HSI

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by TBalch, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. TBalch

    TBalch Filing Flight Plan

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    I've been having problems with my KCS 55A HSI. At engine start Saturday morning, the heading indicator aligned properly in slave mode, but by the time I taxied to the run-up area and made a left 90 deg. turn, it settled off by about 70 deg. I put it in free mode and realigned it using the toggle switch, but when I taxied onto the runway, it was out of alignment again.


    About 10 minutes into the flight, I put the indicator back in slave mode, and it aligned and worked flawlessly for the rest of the flight, and for the subsequent two legs that day.


    This behavior has occurred 3 times now over the last 2-3 weeks, and it's only after engine start on the first leg of the day.


    The KG102A is an overhauled unit that was installed 4 years ago. I'm spoiled by the large display that the KI525A provides - it's the only indicator I've used for instrument flying - , so I'm not inclined to opt for a digital HSI replacement until something of similar size is available.


    Any thoughts on whether it's the gyro again or another of the components would be appreciated.
     
  2. flyingron

    flyingron Ejection Handle Pulled

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    I've had the KCS55 go loopy like that if I race into the air before the thing is stabilized.
     
  3. NavAir

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    Sounds like the gyro. Those are the same symptoms mine exhibited.
     
  4. Aviator305

    Aviator305 Pre-Flight

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    Similar symptoms .. fixed with an overhaul of the remote gyro KG-102
     
  5. Bob Weber

    Bob Weber Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Have you watched the slaving meter while it is precessing? I would guess it is wandering off with the heading. The KG 102A remote gyro would be a good place to start. You may find one on the used market, look for a high serial number. There is a necessary mod on the gyro capsule itself that will render it a doorstop if not there.
     
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