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Adventures with Bill – Care and Feeding of your Gyros

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July 2012

Returning to Waltanna (SN65) after a long trip, I noticed that my airplane, Bill, didn’t seem to be his normal bubbly self. I asked him why he was so quiet, and he said, “Well, I seem to be having some trouble with some of my gyros. Did you notice how fast the heading indicator precessed? Then on our last takeoff, the heading just danced around over a 90-degree arc.”

I said, “Bill, you know your gyros have been in the panel for 10 years. How about removing your gyros and taking them to the gyro doctor for a checkup?”


Wichita has numerous specialty shops to repair almost every aircraft component. Terry Alderdice at Pressure Technologies suggested that I take my gyros to Nu-Tek Aircraft Instruments, Inc. in Augusta, Kan.

I called and talked to Steve Cannaby, owner and president, about my aircraft’s gyro symptoms. Cannaby said that with 10 years and 1,400 hours of operation, it probably was time to overhaul the heading indicator. That was all I needed to confirm that the gyros were coming out of the panel; then it was just a matter of taking Bill’s heading indicator and turn coordinator for the drive across town to Nu-Tek.

Gyro instrument repairs and overhauls are Cannaby’s specialties. He founded Nu-Tek Aircraft Instruments 25 years ago after almost a decade of experience in other Wichita-area instrument repair facilities. Today, Nu-Tek’s reputation brings repair and overhaul business from all over the world, including U.S. government locations.

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