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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 271
Posted By MacCool
Brake reservoir failure...need replacement

At least one of the builder's blogs (http://www.porcupinetech.com/rvproj/brakereservoir.htm)I read observed that he thought this brake fluid reservoir in the build kit would be prone to breakage....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 08:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Posted By MacCool
Advanced Flight, Dynon, and Garmin have all sent...

Advanced Flight, Dynon, and Garmin have all sent out service bulletins this past May recommending replacement of the previous Kavlico pressure sensors with their newer, higher pressure upgraded 150...
Forum: RV-9/9A Yesterday, 06:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By MacCool
Yikes! What a great shot!

Yikes! What a great shot!
Forum: RV-9/9A Yesterday, 05:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By MacCool
I know little about the RV-12, nor can I speak to...

I know little about the RV-12, nor can I speak to the 182.... but I have a lot of time in 172's and 172XP's. I've found my -9A to be a wonderful plane in bumpy air and in crosswinds. I'll never go...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-22-2021, 03:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,152
Posted By MacCool
Heh...this is beginning to feel like POA.:) I'm...

Heh...this is beginning to feel like POA.:)

I'm pretty confident of my landing distance and believe that a LAHSO would be no problem, even in an RV with the request made by an unaware controller....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-21-2021, 10:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By MacCool
That's a good deal. I just bought one for...

That's a good deal. I just bought one for $200.

It does work perfectly with the AFS 5000 series, but be aware that it wants 8 volts, not the 5 volts that the 3000/4000 series provides. You'll need...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-18-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 618
Posted By MacCool
Another plus is the plug wiring harness. Super...

Another plus is the plug wiring harness. Super cheap by comparison.
Forum: GPS 02-18-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 516
Posted By MacCool
My weather from the EchoUAT is displayed on the...

My weather from the EchoUAT is displayed on the EFISes...don't really need it or want it on the navigator.




Great tip, thanks. I have a GA26 for the G5, but never attached it. It was more useful...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-18-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,853
Posted By MacCool
Indeed. He appears to have bought, and is flying,...

Indeed. He appears to have bought, and is flying, an RV-6A. http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/images/smilies2/toast.gif
Forum: GPS 02-17-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 516
Posted By MacCool
GNS430W upgrade to IFD440...how "plug-and-play" is it?

My -9A has a GNS430W navigator, in conjunction with an AFS 5400 EFIS, an AFS 3500 for moving map, and a G5 for dissimilar backup. Autopilot is an AFS/Tru-Trak Digiflight II, switchable from either...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-17-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,853
Posted By MacCool
I think the design of any of the RVs is superior...

I think the design of any of the RVs is superior to the design of most certified aircraft. IMHO, the variable is the problem-solving ability and the attention to detail of the airplane’s builder. The...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-16-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,853
Posted By MacCool
On the other hand, you don’t have to work on...

On the other hand, you don’t have to work on them. You can have an A&P do that if you’re more comfortable.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-16-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By MacCool
Do you mean “how do you configure the wiring?”,...

Do you mean “how do you configure the wiring?”, or “how do you configure the software settings”?
Forum: RV-10 02-14-2021, 10:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,053
Posted By MacCool
Personally, I'd prefer to land every 2-3 hours...

Personally, I'd prefer to land every 2-3 hours rather than wear a diaper, a condom catheter, or try to pee in a bottle in an airplane with a control stick. Getting fuel at the same time isn't a...
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Posted By MacCool
On my -9a, a diligent search on a two-pilot...

On my -9a, a diligent search on a two-pilot flight to Sioux Falls indicated that the air comes in the sides and out the back. Sealing the back with the loop-velcro didn’t help, sealing the sides did.
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, WiFi, not bluetooth...sorry. SSID is PING...

Yeah, WiFi, not bluetooth...sorry. SSID is PING something-or-other, IIRC.
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By MacCool
I use an EchoUAT in my -9A, which like your -7A,...

I use an EchoUAT in my -9A, which like your -7A, uses a a 430W and a GTX327. Bottom line, works well.

I didn’t install it, bought the plane with it. It had been installed about a month before I...
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By MacCool
Switching over to a Dynon SV network, I just put...

Switching over to a Dynon SV network, I just put in an SV-AHARS-200, mounted it on my -9A on the first tailcone bulkhead using the Van’s 0149 bracket. That appears to be the recommended location for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,878
Posted By MacCool
My RV-9A slider was built in Atlanta, lived there...

My RV-9A slider was built in Atlanta, lived there for 4 years, then lived in St. Louis for 5 years..TT of about 420 Hobbs hours. As of about 6 months ago it lives in Minnesota in an unheated...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,920
Posted By MacCool
Gonna be tough to get relevant advice on...

Gonna be tough to get relevant advice on this...city and county governments are HIGHLY variable in their politics and their political hierarchies. Our local airport is owned by both city and county...
Forum: Interiors 02-08-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,659
Posted By MacCool
If you don't already have them, Flightline...

If you don't already have them, Flightline Interiors makes some nice covers for the gear weldments...$65/pair
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-07-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,480
Posted By MacCool
The company that makes your mag is E-Mag. They...

The company that makes your mag is E-Mag. They used to be called E-mags (and had no self-power...if your ship power died, you were coming down when your battery ran out), but when E-mag (the company)...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-06-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,638
Posted By MacCool
How would Advanced Flight's Advanced Control...

How would Advanced Flight's Advanced Control Module change the scenario? If one was to do a new panel, would it be cheaper to wire in an ACM from them and then just "plug and play" the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-06-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 322
Posted By MacCool
I'm curious about the "breaking the pitot-static...

I'm curious about the "breaking the pitot-static system" comment. I just did an avionics upgrade and had to plumb a new ADAHRS. New AoA line, "T" into the static system, and "T" into the pitot line,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,867
Posted By MacCool
Yup, I agree. But he didn't charge me for that...

Yup, I agree. But he didn't charge me for that Sunday afternoon labor, only for the new pump, and for the work of removing the old one and installing the new one. So that aspect of the adventure...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2021, 07:27 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,867
Posted By MacCool
When my engine-driven fuel pump went out, it was...

When my engine-driven fuel pump went out, it was at a tiny little rural Iowa airport on a Sunday afternoon on the last leg of a 500 mile flight and about 200 miles from home. I couldn't believe my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 916
Posted By MacCool
SteinAir carries Dynon.

SteinAir carries Dynon.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,690
Posted By MacCool
I think the question is...if the airport gets...

I think the question is...if the airport gets Federal funding, is it legal for them to exercise that level of control over hangar activities?
Forum: Reviews 02-04-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 349
Posted By MacCool
I have Crow harnesses on my 10 year old RV-9A,...

I have Crow harnesses on my 10 year old RV-9A, plane is new to me. I just washed them in some Dawn or the first time and they cleaned up like new. The camlock was terrible in that it was hard to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-03-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,638
Posted By MacCool
never mind

never mind
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,145
Posted By MacCool
Blackstone makes note that the post office...

Blackstone makes note that the post office occasionally has some employees that believe, wrongly, that used oil is hazardous material and therefore can't be sent though the mail. You may drop your...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-31-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,000
Posted By MacCool
Blackstone. Turnaround is a couple of weeks in my...

Blackstone. Turnaround is a couple of weeks in my experience, but I can’t recall ever being in a rush to get those results.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,910
Posted By MacCool
Or... “Passenger warning ― this aircraft does...

Or...


“Passenger warning ― this aircraft does not comply with federal safety regulations for standard aircraft.”
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-30-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 982
Posted By MacCool
My investigation so far, between Aerotronics,...

My investigation so far, between Aerotronics, Stein, and Advanced, suggest that the closest to drop in/plug and play would be the Advanced Panel from advanced flight systems. I’ve had experience with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-30-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By MacCool
Those are nice. How do you secure them to the...

Those are nice. How do you secure them to the firewall? Nut plates aren't going to be practical for me. Nuts/bolts?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Posted By MacCool
Really good question. I've found their website to...

Really good question. I've found their website to be rather....arcane.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-29-2021, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By MacCool
Thanks for the tip. I only need this hole to be...

Thanks for the tip. I only need this hole to be big enough for a couple of 18 awg wires. I was going to thread some 5/16 stainless steel tubing for the pass-through and squirt some fireseal in there.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,162
Posted By MacCool
Which battery is that?

Which battery is that?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-29-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By MacCool
Through the firewall?

Here's a rudimentary question...I need to run some wiring from the hot side of the contactor on one of my batteries through the firewall in order to provide backup power for my EFIS.

How to drill...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-29-2021, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 469
Posted By MacCool
That heated pitot and especially the mast that it...

That heated pitot and especially the mast that it requires is a pretty robust piece of equipment. I'm no airplane mechanic, but I'd be uncomfortable mounting it on an inspection plate. The mast on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-29-2021, 04:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By MacCool
I put in a G5 with back up battery as dissimilar...

I put in a G5 with back up battery as dissimilar backup to my 4500 (now 5400), which will also run off my backup 680. It gets GPS from the 430W, so I get track. I did not give it its own GPS antenna...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-28-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,294
Posted By MacCool
That is really bad. What made you choose this guy...

That is really bad. What made you choose this guy to paint your plane? Did his references or your investigation not turn up his lack of attention to detail? What did it cost?
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-28-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 501
Posted By MacCool
I trained at KOMA, but that was 50 years ago. I...

I trained at KOMA, but that was 50 years ago. I do fly into Millard KMLE fairly often (from the northeast, however). Flight Following will help you out but it's a very straightforward approach to the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-27-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 564
Posted By MacCool
I've been using Stein. They ship pretty quick,...

I've been using Stein. They ship pretty quick, and shipping charges tend to be a lot cheaper than what I end up paying at Aircraft Spruce.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,690
Posted By MacCool
Here's an interesting article on the subject from...

Here's an interesting article on the subject from a few years ago:

https://stateaviationjournal.com/index.php/news/is-that-a-boat-in-your-hangar
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By MacCool
I mounted the OAT on the middle inspection panel,...

I mounted the OAT on the middle inspection panel, not the outboard (bellcrank). The wiring was spliced at the probe and I put it on a Molex connector, then routed it through the black nylon conduit...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-24-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,802
Posted By MacCool
Nah. Your flying technique was fine. As to...

Nah. Your flying technique was fine. As to managing your passenger...you know your daughter better than anyone here, but I always work hard to engage my passenger, especially if they're new to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-21-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 29,027
Posted By MacCool
.dupe, sorry

.dupe, sorry
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-21-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 29,027
Posted By MacCool
I have a drawer-full of them too. Excellent...

I have a drawer-full of them too. Excellent product, I agree. They are available on Amazon.... https://www.amazon.com/s?k=griptie&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
Forum: RV-10 01-21-2021, 02:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,464
Posted By MacCool
Are you going to invest the 2-5 years in building...

Are you going to invest the 2-5 years in building the airplane, or are you looking to buy an already-flying RV10 or RV14? The availability and cost involved in one route or the other may influence...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-21-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 29,027
Posted By MacCool
Mike Patey must have been that guy, huh?...

Mike Patey must have been that guy, huh?

https://griplockties.com/mikepatey/
Forum: Tools 01-21-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,889
Posted By MacCool
There is a very wide variety of casters of...

There is a very wide variety of casters of different sizes and materials on Amazon. It's easy, and not very expensive to change caster types for most creepers after the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-20-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,843
Posted By MacCool
They shipped me a TCW IBBS 3 AH as backup with my...

They shipped me a TCW IBBS 3 AH as backup with my new AFS 5400. I have elected instead to use my second Pc680 as backup in case of alternator failure. If my alternator dies...I'll just flip the...
Forum: Autopilots 01-20-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By MacCool
AFS tends to be very responsive to emails, but...

AFS tends to be very responsive to emails, but I’ve found that my most productive discussions with them were over the phone. Rob, Jonathon, or Shawn are surprisingly accessible.
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 921
Posted By MacCool
I agree..underside of wing. I mounted mine on the...

I agree..underside of wing. I mounted mine on the middle access panel. It's a two-wire sensor...I it put on a Molex connector so that I can unplug the sensor/panel during condition inspection and the...
Forum: Autopilots 01-19-2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By MacCool
Advanced Flight Systems (Rob Hickman) sold an...

Advanced Flight Systems (Rob Hickman) sold an autopilot with their label that was a TruTrak Digiflight II. Maybe you'd find a new display somewhere for sale with a different label. Calling Advanced...
Forum: Tools 01-18-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,889
Posted By MacCool
I recently bought the Whiteside reclining...

I recently bought the Whiteside reclining creeper, its different brands shown above in the previous posts- best price $145 and free shipping was at Zoro. Very comfortable...much better than the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,820
Posted By MacCool
I''ve been using a rim of two-part epoxy around...

I''ve been using a rim of two-part epoxy around the edge of the squares and make sure the sticky part itself is 3M adhesive. It runs between 15F and 30F in my hangar these days so I need something...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-17-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 991
Posted By MacCool
Just out of curiosity...for these kit components...

Just out of curiosity...for these kit components with long lead times, does Van's get payment at the time of ordering, or at the time of delivery?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-17-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 860
Posted By MacCool
Heh heh...microfiber cloths are just the tip of...

Heh heh...microfiber cloths are just the tip of the iceberg. You should see the dizzying array of cleaning, polishing, and waxing chemicals available at sites like Adam's Polishes, Autogeek, Chemical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,373
Posted By MacCool
I recently flew to Missouri with a buddy in his...

I recently flew to Missouri with a buddy in his Mooney Bravo. Nice plane but THAT is close quarters. Made my RV feel like a Skywagon.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,373
Posted By MacCool
When I was looking for RV's, I decided on either...

When I was looking for RV's, I decided on either a -9A or a -7A and I was completely indifferent one vs the other. Price was not an object. As it happened, the first plane that came up that met my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,373
Posted By MacCool
Bear in mind that any aerobatic maneuver is...

Bear in mind that any aerobatic maneuver is completely outside the operating limitations of an RV-9's airworthiness certificate. One's insurance won't cover anything related to aerobatics.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-16-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 860
Posted By MacCool
In all the years I've been detailing my cars,...

In all the years I've been detailing my cars, I've been very particular about microfiber. Korean-made only, no labels, no sewn edges. Absolutely nothing that comes from the big-box stores, or...
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