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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 07:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 157
Posted By MacCool
Juan Brown reviewed a Corsair restoration, where...

Juan Brown reviewed a Corsair restoration, where exploding rivets were used extensively in the original build. Very interesting. I can only imagine the OSHA implications in a factory setting.

Here's...
Forum: International Yesterday, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,673
Posted By MacCool
Wow! That amount of money represents a serious...

Wow! That amount of money represents a serious commitment to aviation! I admire your passion. Looks like you're paying more to fly than I pay for health care insurance. ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 06:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,075
Posted By MacCool
Interesting point...hidden corrosion like that is...

Interesting point...hidden corrosion like that is one of my Great Fears. Is crankshaft failure at that thrust surface a common cause of catastrophic engine failure?
Forum: Propellers 04-11-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By MacCool
I nicked the trailing edge of my composite MT...

I nicked the trailing edge of my composite MT propeller re-installing the cowl the other day...wouldnít have happened to a metal prop. On the positive side, I was able to repair it with some epoxy,...
Forum: International 04-11-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,673
Posted By MacCool
Thatís really interesting. What that kind of...

Thatís really interesting. What that kind of hangar space cost there?
Forum: RV-10 04-09-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By MacCool
I understand that there is a pretty active RV...

I understand that there is a pretty active RV group in the Twin Cities. Are you aware of the Twin Cities RV Builders Group?

http://www.mnwing.org/
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-09-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By MacCool
I recently bought the 5400 to replace the...

I recently bought the 5400 to replace the partly-dead 4500 that came on the plane when I bought it. That purchase was a pretty slick process, thanks largely to Tricia. It was very cost-efficient, and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-09-2021, 06:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By MacCool
I'm guessing you mean MacOS...managing flash...

I'm guessing you mean MacOS...managing flash drives with an iPhone would be pretty tough.

I'm a pretty committed Mac user but I do have a PC on my desk for gaming. It's simpler for managing all this...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-08-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By MacCool
This new release version is even better. LOTS of...

This new release version is even better. LOTS of tweaks.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-08-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By MacCool
Advanced Flight -- software upgrade 3/22/21

AF-5000 Touch Displays (OS5): Vx16.06.15-TOUCH-MV16... new software update was available 3/22/21. Seems to be a pretty significant...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-06-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By MacCool
Great tips...thank you all. The ground wire is...

Great tips...thank you all.

The ground wire is smart for sure. I would have grounded the plane, but in this context it does make more sense to wire the plastic gas cans to the plane. I want to zero...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-06-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By MacCool
Drain fuel tanks for w/b...how to do?

Maybe it's as simple as it sounds, but....maybe not. I'm new at this.

New EFIS, and the fuel tank calibration is TU. The constant "check fuel" warnings are annoying. I need to re-calibrate the...
Forum: Midwest 04-04-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 223
Posted By MacCool
Central Minnesota - need Advanced Flight 5000 series tutorial

Any pilots in Minnesota with expertise with Advanced Flight Systems EFIS's and can provide some level of tutorial? I have a new AFS 5400 that I installed and I'm struggling a bit sorting out the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,575
Posted By MacCool
Why not? For my part...I see the cost of oil and...

Why not?

For my part...I see the cost of oil and filter change as a very small percentage of the total cost of ownership of an airplane. And...as with all of my other vehicles, I'm not prepared to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-02-2021, 06:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 463
Posted By MacCool
FS: RV Jackstand kit NIB

RV Jackstand kit...new-in-box. As described at https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/rvjack.php . Requires a modification to the axle nuts -- drill centers to accommodate jack pin. Kit...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-02-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By MacCool
Sorry to briefly divert thread... My plane has a...

Sorry to briefly divert thread...

My plane has a 3-position rocker switch already installed on the panel....momentary up - center off - momentary down. No position sensor, I use a three-count for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-02-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 787
Posted By MacCool
May or may-not be related to your problem, but...

May or may-not be related to your problem, but for background, the Garmin 494-30004-02 is a 50 psi sensor that's been discontinued in favor of the Garmin 011-04202-20 / KAVLICO P4055-75G....75 psi...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,966
Posted By MacCool
That's my experience too. My agent tells me that...

That's my experience too. My agent tells me that umbrella policies generally exclude aviation-related liability.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-01-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,271
Posted By MacCool
Funny how that works...right now here in...

Funny how that works...right now here in Minnesota, we have at least a few vacant hangars. They'll fill up about that same time...:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,966
Posted By MacCool
In a previous life (before he retired), my CFI...

In a previous life (before he retired), my CFI used to be my CPA. He owns three airplanes. He advised me that, in this state at least, there is zero advantage to forming an LLC to own the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-01-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,200
Posted By MacCool
I feel a little lucky with the canopy on my 10...

I feel a little lucky with the canopy on my 10 year old RV-9A slider. It was built in Atlanta and lived there for 5 years, then 5 years in St. Louis. This is by far the farthest north it's ever been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,032
Posted By MacCool
I didn't even have to do that. I only had to...

I didn't even have to do that. I only had to provide proof to the airport that I had liability insurance.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-30-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,588
Posted By MacCool
4th or 5th landing I made with my RV...I got...

4th or 5th landing I made with my RV...I got "angle-angle-push" on a 75-knot base-to-final turn that I overshot a bit, and subsequently made too tight and too low. In 50 years, it's the first time...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 03-30-2021, 05:32 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,231
Posted By MacCool
Watch this video until the end. The camera was...

Watch this video until the end. The camera was never very far from this student's mind...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5nBt_ogi7U
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,455
Posted By MacCool
Aftermarket petroleum products and additives...

Aftermarket petroleum products and additives (oil/fuel) is notoriously one of the biggest hot buttons on the internet. The problem with these various additives and oils is that there is no data, only...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-28-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,389
Posted By MacCool
Lack of a constant speed prop, not...

Lack of a constant speed prop, not presence/absence of fuel injection, was the deal-breaker for me when I was looking to buy an airplane these days, but I really didn't know what I didn't know. I'd...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,603
Posted By MacCool
Really great videos. I think I liked the first...

Really great videos. I think I liked the first one the best. Thanks for sharing that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,455
Posted By MacCool
Iím not going to use Marvel Mystery Oil in...

Iím not going to use Marvel Mystery Oil in anything until I see it advertised on the side of a NASCAR car.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,144
Posted By MacCool
I’m curious about your $9/gallon a gas. How much...

I’m curious about your $9/gallon a gas. How much of that is tax?

In the US, the Feds get $.194/gallon on avgas. State taxes vary...in this state avgas is about $4.50/gallon, of which the state get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,144
Posted By MacCool
Hard to figure exactly, but I think that the...

Hard to figure exactly, but I think that the overall tax burden in the UK and most of Europe is higher than the US. Generally speaking. In some cases, substantially higher.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,144
Posted By MacCool
Not counted as income, nor is there VAT on such...

Not counted as income, nor is there VAT on such prizes. UK is a good place to win the lottery. Or an airplane.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,144
Posted By MacCool
In the US, such winnings are generally treated as...

In the US, such winnings are generally treated as income and the IRS is more likely to use "fair market value" regardless of the $1 selling price. That's also how individual states are likely to...
Forum: RV-10 03-27-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,827
Posted By MacCool
Boy...I'm not sure about that. Maybe 10 years...

Boy...I'm not sure about that. Maybe 10 years ago, but from what I read these days, a quick-build wing or fuselage is a dicey deal, even if you could get one.
Forum: RV-10 03-27-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,269
Posted By MacCool
If I was building now, I wouldn’t worry about...

If I was building now, I wouldn’t worry about buying the EFIS, but I’d be looking hard at which company, and I’d very likely be getting an Advanced Panel from AFS, set up for either AFS or Dynon....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,903
Posted By MacCool
I've always kind of hoped that the day I get in...

I've always kind of hoped that the day I get in my airplane and have no fear would be the day I stop flying. I'm thinking that it would mean that I don't have the proper respect for the risks I'm...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-26-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,361
Posted By MacCool
The Javron factory is located here. Our EAA...

The Javron factory is located here. Our EAA chapter just toured their factory about 2 weeks ago. The attention to detail is impressive, as is the seriousness and professionalism of the folks working...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-25-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 666
Posted By MacCool
This, for sure. Iím not a builder, but 10 years...

This, for sure. Iím not a builder, but 10 years after the fact, as avionics and other such electronics evolve, I reap the benefits of the builderís decision to run such conduit. I wish heíd run AOA...
Forum: Interiors 03-25-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By MacCool
I'm sure there are backlogs. My current old...

I'm sure there are backlogs. My current old Flightline seats kind of suck, but they're usable enough to accommodate Van's backlog, considerable as it is.
Forum: Interiors 03-25-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By MacCool
Looks like Confor foam is readily available in...

Looks like Confor foam is readily available in laminated and non-laminated sheets, but I'm intrigued by the built-in bolsters that are part of the Van's components. My current interior is by...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-25-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 666
Posted By MacCool
If you're using the Dynon pitot, make sure you...

If you're using the Dynon pitot, make sure you run both pitot and AoA tubing. If you have any thought that you or somebody someday might want it certified IFR, then get the Dynon heated pitot. It is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-25-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,395
Posted By MacCool
Form-a-Funnel works like that and has been great...

Form-a-Funnel works like that and has been great for me for oil filters, but being bendable is good for other out-of-the-way drainable things too. Then roll it up and throw it in the bucket.
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,827
Posted By MacCool
Does it matter? How do the regulations on...

Does it matter? How do the regulations on kit-built airplanes work in Romania, under EASA?
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,827
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, that's possible. As to hiring the...

Yeah, that's possible. As to hiring the build...you'd have to check the Romanian CAA regulations regarding amateur-built airplanes and find out what The law allows. FAA regulations are likely to be...
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,827
Posted By MacCool
...assuming that the various kit components,...

...assuming that the various kit components, accessories, engines, avionics, are available to meet that timeline. I'm not following it that closely, but it seems that Van's is in quite a pickle these...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-24-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By MacCool
FS: NIB TCW IBBS-12v-3ah backup battery

New-in-box TCW IBBS-12v-3ah backup battery. Never installed, never connected to anything. I have opted to use backup PC680 for backup power to new avionics install.

$175+ shipping, continental US...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-24-2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 990
Posted By MacCool
I originally ordered two of these from Aircraft...

I originally ordered two of these from Aircraft Spruce to replace oil and fuel pressure sensors per the AFS service bulletin. That was on Feb 22. One was promptly sent, the other has been on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-23-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By MacCool
Lots of opinions on that. I'd suggest calling...

Lots of opinions on that. I'd suggest calling Dynon to see what they say.

I also use a pair of Odyssey PC680s configured as primary and backup. I have always just left my Odyssey BC6...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,532
Posted By MacCool
I have the almost-a-14 mod in my plane - very...

I have the almost-a-14 mod in my plane - very well-engineered and well-made. Apparently the original builder was quite a bit taller them I am. I don't need it, but my son is 6' 5" and he really...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-22-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,610
Posted By MacCool
My transition CFI told me "there are many ways to...

My transition CFI told me "there are many ways to lose altitude effectively on approach, especially to a long runway. There are NO ways to get that altitude back if you've come up short".

I've found...
Forum: ADS-B 03-22-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,497
Posted By MacCool
I have the same setup. The UAvionix app lets me...

I have the same setup. The UAvionix app lets me toggle in and out of anonymous mode easily using my iPhone. Between my EchoUAT, my AFS5400 EFIS, and various GoPros, I have a pretty busy little WiFi...
Forum: Safety 03-22-2021, 05:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,169
Posted By MacCool
During my recent condition inspection I removed...

During my recent condition inspection I removed my Crow restraints so I could scrub them up. Reinstalling, I misaligned one of the belt attachments in the same way, discovered by a good tug on the...
Forum: RV-10 03-21-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,539
Posted By MacCool
never mind

never mind
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-21-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,878
Posted By MacCool
When my A&P was showing me how to change my oil,...

When my A&P was showing me how to change my oil, he used a Form-a-Funnel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,715
Posted By MacCool
I spent the first 20 years as a pilot with NO...

I spent the first 20 years as a pilot with NO headset so I've found the non-ANR performance of the A20 to be fine, but it's kind of moot since I always wear them with the ANR actually turned on....
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,087
Posted By MacCool
I'm guessing...

I'm guessing this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUMyFbhy92c
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,715
Posted By MacCool
After decades of David Clarks, I bit the ANR...

After decades of David Clarks, I bit the ANR bullet. I didn't shop headsets very hard...casual evaluation looked like it was between the A20 and the Lightspeed and I just bought the Bose. No regrets.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-18-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,735
Posted By MacCool
On my -9A, the previous owner put some Cleveland...

On my -9A, the previous owner put some Cleveland tie-downs on and faired all three with some clever 3-D printed covers he bought here on VAF. I'm sure they're very aerodynamic, but that that stuff...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-18-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
Posted By MacCool
I'm really glad that the previous owner of my -9A...

I'm really glad that the previous owner of my -9A did that SuperTrax mod. I can't image that airplane without it. It is a brilliant addition to the -9A. I just got done installing a new ADAHRS behind...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-18-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,610
Posted By MacCool
For me, 6 months ago...AIG wanted two hours of...

For me, 6 months ago...AIG wanted two hours of dual before I could solo and one hour of solo before I could take passengers. For that, they did specify that it had to be a 9A, but they did agree to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,577
Posted By MacCool
There are some very good panel-building...

There are some very good panel-building companies, very well-suited to those looking to rebuild their panel or start it over. My first choice would be Advanced Flight Systems, mainly because of the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 996
Posted By MacCool
I though I read that addressing dents in aircraft...

I though I read that addressing dents in aircraft skin could cause work-hardening...? I was under the impression that plastic deformation in heat-treated 2024 was a bad thing, leading to stress...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-17-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,610
Posted By MacCool
I agree. I haven't had my -9A that long, but it...

I agree. I haven't had my -9A that long, but it hasn't sprung any surprises on me yet. Utterly predictable. I approach slower with more flaps on shorter fields but my home airport (uncontrolled) has...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,501
Posted By MacCool
I have a small leak at the base of the dipstick...

I have a small leak at the base of the dipstick tube. Mostly just causes a little mess, doesn't affect oil consumption. My A&P told me that such a leak is common in Lycomings.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-17-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,610
Posted By MacCool
I generally fly a very tight pattern with short...

I generally fly a very tight pattern with short finals. I fly 80 knots and add 10 degrees, maybe 20, on downwind. 20 degrees gives me a nice approach angle with good forward visibility over the nose....
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