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Forum: RV-6/6A 06-13-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 570
Posted By MacCool
Their deliveries are running into April or May...

Their deliveries are running into April or May 2022.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By MacCool
The door on tax write-offs for most...

The door on tax write-offs for most transportation items...cars and airplanes...has been slammed pretty solidly by the IRS. You can probably deduct the portion of expense that is used strictly for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-12-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,757
Posted By MacCool
This guy, Matthew White in Lee's Summit, Missouri...

This guy, Matthew White in Lee's Summit, Missouri (https://mj-aviation.com/about-us), did a LOT of sophisticated work, including condition inspections, on my RV-9A for its previous owner over several...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By MacCool
Assuming you mean "tow bar", I use a plain old...

Assuming you mean "tow bar", I use a plain old Bogert tow bar (https://bogertaviation.com/collections/bogi-bars-aircraft-tow-bars-and-tow-bar-accessories). The handle can be removed with a spring pin...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 06-11-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,863
Posted By MacCool
If battery technology was even remotely close to...

If battery technology was even remotely close to being feasible for wide scale application in General Aviation, the infrastructure necessary to support it is certainly not. I don’t pretend to know...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By MacCool
It's OK. You'll get used to the brake-steering...

It's OK. You'll get used to the brake-steering pretty quickly...this is my first experience with a castering nosewheel too. Actually, I think the hardest part is steering it with a tow bar when...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-10-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By MacCool
Two of my three Saf-Air drains, about 10 years...

Two of my three Saf-Air drains, about 10 years old, had developed the drips. I debated new O-rings vs just putting in new drains....the CAV110's were only about $15, so I just replaced all three with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,278
Posted By MacCool
No personal experience, but I'm told that the...

No personal experience, but I'm told that the Ripon Arrival can be tricky on a motorcycle.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-09-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By MacCool
From what I have learned, the modularity of the...

From what I have learned, the modularity of the Advanced Flight "Advanced Panel" (https://www.advancedflightsystems.com/advanced-panels.php) simplifies that problem, at least a bit, if not...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-09-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By MacCool
Please pardon my ignorance, but I’m not clear as...

Please pardon my ignorance, but I’m not clear as to what makes N8NW a “vanity” tail number that would be worth paying for.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-06-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,110
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, carabiners are about the only feasible way...

Yeah, carabiners are about the only feasible way to make those Cleveland tie-downs work AFAIK.The hooks on locking or ratcheting tie-down straps don't quite fit through the holes easily. And it's...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-06-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 950
Posted By MacCool
Advanced Flight...

Advanced Flight (https://www.advancedflightsystems.com/advanced-panels.php) makes a very modular panel that ostensibly make incremental upgrades easy. It's a neat concept. I don't know if they have a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-06-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By MacCool
I had a similar experience yesterday. DanH's...

I had a similar experience yesterday. DanH's reply...https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1531093&postcount=2 . It confirms something I thought I'd read about engine fuel pressures on...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By MacCool
Great explanation, Dan. Thanks for taking the...

Great explanation, Dan. Thanks for taking the time. These were pretty extraordinary conditions for Minnesota. Very rare to see it this hot.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-06-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 212
Posted By MacCool
Fagen's Fighters - KGDB Minnesota...WWII Aviation Museum

http://www.fagenfighterswwiimuseum.org/visit/visit.html

I was astonished. This world-class WWII aviation museum opened in 2012, about a 45 minute flight from here. I had no idea it even existed, let...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By MacCool
;) ..........

;)

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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-06-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,110
Posted By MacCool
3/8 forged steel eyebolts are pretty common...

3/8 forged steel eyebolts are pretty common hardware store items, I’ve found. Home Depot here stocks them, but they’re usually galvanized. If you want stainless steel, that might require Amazon, or...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By MacCool
Fuel pressure on a hot day...?

Yesterday about noon I was returning from a fly-in in another part of the state. It was a record hot day here, about 96 degrees. I had no trouble starting the engine and the plane performed well (hot...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2021, 06:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By MacCool
Hoppes No. 9 works as well as anything for powder...

Hoppes No. 9 works as well as anything for powder residue, and the smell is the most traditional thing about it :), but it’s not great at all for dissolving lead IME.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-05-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,035
Posted By MacCool
When my buddy and I ferried my new plane 500...

When my buddy and I ferried my new plane 500 miles home, we logged it as dual instruction. It would have satisfied my insurance company, but no way was it meaningful transition training. That went on...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-03-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By MacCool
Not much of that going on in an RV-9/-9A. The cup...

Not much of that going on in an RV-9/-9A. The cup holder for the AntiSpat bar didnt' really work out well for me...it rotated a lot, and the cup holes are too small for any of the 18oz mugs that I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,878
Posted By MacCool
My experience was exactly the opposite...BWI vs...

My experience was exactly the opposite...BWI vs Gallagher. The quotes from AIG were about $100 apart, but Gallagher was the cheaper one, plus it included an open pilot warranty and a waiver of...
Forum: RV-10 06-03-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 588
Posted By MacCool
If I ever had had any interest in building an...

If I ever had had any interest in building an airplane, dealing with the now-added complexities of lead times and shipping delays would be the nail in that coffin.
Forum: Safety 06-03-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,747
Posted By MacCool
No criticism from me, and I got my PPL long...

No criticism from me, and I got my PPL long before anyone had even conceived of Global Positioning Satellites. It's 2021. Too many advantages and too much useful information immediately available...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,813
Posted By MacCool
I should preface by saying that I'm not a...

I should preface by saying that I'm not a builder, and my interest in Experimental Aviation extends only to the flying part, and maybe some maintenance items. ZERO interest in building a plane that...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-03-2021, 05:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By MacCool
Such products exist for firearms, but I have no...

Such products exist for firearms, but I have no idea how well they work even in that context, let alone whether or not they'd be suitable for use in an electronic flow sensor. I guess the value of...
Forum: Safety 06-02-2021, 10:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,747
Posted By MacCool
I had a round-gauge HSI when I picked up the...

I had a round-gauge HSI when I picked up the plane, but shortly pulled it and replaced it with a G5. Now, with a full-on current-gen EFIS, dual GPS's, a dissimilar G5 as backup, and Foreflight on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,339
Posted By MacCool
Never been an issue for me....my fuel...

Never been an issue for me....my fuel calculations revolve around my bladder.
The older I get, the more fuel stops I plan.

The human prostate gland needs a re-design.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,878
Posted By MacCool
Man....for me, Avemco was not even in the game....

Man....for me, Avemco was not even in the game. They were ridiculous.
Forum: Safety 06-02-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,747
Posted By MacCool
My airplane has a round-gauge ASI, altimeter, and...

My airplane has a round-gauge ASI, altimeter, and VSI. I've taken to using post-in notes to cover all three to "encourage" me to use my very sophisticated glass cockpit. Old habits do die hard, but...
Forum: Safety 06-02-2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,747
Posted By MacCool
I went through this, but after a considerably...

I went through this, but after a considerably longer layoff. After all that time when I decided to start flying again, I first reviewed everything I could find online (and there's a lot) in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-02-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By MacCool
Absolutely agree! If 93 octane, ethanol-free,...

Absolutely agree! If 93 octane, ethanol-free, lead-free, Lycoming approved "mogas" was readily available, I think that most of us would switch in a heartbeat.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-01-2021, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By MacCool
Doug, if you haven't already, you might look at...

Doug, if you haven't already, you might look at page 110 of the AFS 4500 installation manual and see if there's any information there helpful to your situation. It deals with troubleshooting the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By MacCool
We went through that with Rob extensively and...

We went through that with Rob extensively and were assured that the FT-60 would work just fine on the 8 volts that the 5000-series EFIS provides. EI confirmed.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-01-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,253
Posted By MacCool
Advanced Flight provides a Seattle Avionics...

Advanced Flight provides a Seattle Avionics subscription for $99/year. I don't update the map database immediately, but downloading a new database only takes a few minutes, and uploading the new...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By MacCool
Great explanation. My FT-60 is on the firewall...

Great explanation. My FT-60 is on the firewall immediately adjacent to the electric boost pump which is also mounted there. I'm sure it's not an optimal environment for a mechanical/electro-optical...
Forum: Interiors 06-01-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 657
Posted By MacCool
From what I read, 5-6 years is about the max...

From what I read, 5-6 years is about the max lifespan of memory foam before it crushes. The thing I find annoying is that the bottom seat cushion tilts me inward toward the center. Inexplicably, the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-01-2021, 05:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By MacCool
I had that problem. I thought it was probably my...

I had that problem. I thought it was probably my ARINC module but turned out to be a bad pin insertion on the 430W side after installing ADS-B.

Rob, or Shawn, or Jonathon at Advanced Flight are...
Forum: Interiors 06-01-2021, 05:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 657
Posted By MacCool
Bear mind when the time comes...most of the...

Bear mind when the time comes...most of the aircraft interior companies have pretty substantial ordering backlogs. The foam is crushed in my current 10 year-old Flightline seats and I elected to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2021, 10:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By MacCool
Great tip, thanks!

Great tip, thanks!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By MacCool
Red Cube issues...

I have an FT-60, firewall mounted, on my RV-9A with IO-320...TT380 hours...and it reads on the display of my AFS 5400 EFIS. Over the last few days, I'm getting intermittent fuel flow readings,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-31-2021, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,253
Posted By MacCool
When I bought my plane less than a year ago, it...

When I bought my plane less than a year ago, it had an Advanced Flight 4500 EFIS and a 3500s that I use as a moving map display. I found that 12 year-old equipment to be extremely functional and had...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-29-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 958
Posted By MacCool
So weird....just this morning I noticed that,...

So weird....just this morning I noticed that, once at cruising altitude, my fuel flow went to zero. I looked a couple of minutes later and it was at .5. Then a little later back to zero. As I was...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,072
Posted By MacCool
Sure, ok. Although I confess that i have all...

Sure, ok. Although I confess that i have all three and have always used them interchangeably on automotive applications, and now airplanes….I recently replaced the boost pump, sump and tank drains,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,072
Posted By MacCool
Well, yes. I was assuming that people would be...

Well, yes. I was assuming that people would be smart enough to grasp that threads ought to be sealed with thread sealant, not glue.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,858
Posted By MacCool
It would have to be a substantial emergency for...

It would have to be a substantial emergency for me to resort to hand-propping instead of using a battery charger.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,072
Posted By MacCool
Flare fittings = no sealant. NPT = Loctite or...

Flare fittings = no sealant. NPT = Loctite or Permatex high temp thread sealant.

This is something that's easy to overthink. There are a lot of completely adequate thread sealants for this...
Forum: Job Board 05-27-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, my broker is Gallagher too. Leah got the...

Yeah, my broker is Gallagher too. Leah got the best rate with AIG. This was for a -9A...they only wanted 2 hours. They did specify "make and model" for me, but my CFI's experience was in a -6A, and...
Forum: Job Board 05-27-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By MacCool
My insurance company, AIG, was pretty specific...

My insurance company, AIG, was pretty specific about being "same make and model".
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-27-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,013
Posted By MacCool
Absolutely. I plug my airplane into a dehydrator...

Absolutely. I plug my airplane into a dehydrator as soon as I get it back to the hangar and turn the pump volume way up for the first few minutes. I've never seen any objective evidence that clearing...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,589
Posted By MacCool
Does Solidworks allow for aerodynamics modeling?

Does Solidworks allow for aerodynamics modeling?
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-26-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By MacCool
I can't say enough good things about the value of...

I can't say enough good things about the value of the Supertracks canopy extension for sliders.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-26-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By MacCool
Plenty of room for a 50 lb dog. My 65 lb Golden...

Plenty of room for a 50 lb dog. My 65 lb Golden Retriever is comfortable back there, although not an enthusiastic flyer. I would note that for ease on access to the baggage area, dogs or otherwise, a...
Forum: Northeast 05-24-2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,956
Posted By MacCool
You might be interested to review Kevin and Jaime...

You might be interested to review Kevin and Jaime Thornton's YouTube vlog a.k.a. "310 Pilot". They did an 11-part video tour flying through New England called "New England Swing". I'm sure you'd get...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-24-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,385
Posted By MacCool
I have 6 or 8 Battery Tenders, Plus and Junior...

I have 6 or 8 Battery Tenders, Plus and Junior around here for various rolling stock, but I bought the Odyssey BC-6A charger for the airplane mainly because I charge two PC680s in parallel and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2021, 05:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 885
Posted By MacCool
Years ago I flew a 172XP for the CAP and have a...

Years ago I flew a 172XP for the CAP and have a lot of time in that plane. I don't remember it as "painfully slow"...IIRC I cruised it at about 130kts which seemed pretty fast compared to the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-23-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,318
Posted By MacCool
And would you, Walt, amplify on what you mean by...

And would you, Walt, amplify on what you mean by “don’t do well”? Does it do damage? Thanks.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-23-2021, 05:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By MacCool
My cowl is all Skybolt fasteners and it's slick....

My cowl is all Skybolt fasteners and it's slick. I have screws everywhere else...wheel pants, fairings, plenum, etc.... I can't imagine what a PITA having all screws on my cowl would be.

..
Forum: RV-10 05-23-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,047
Posted By MacCool
Me too. Crow. They seem to work well but I have...

Me too. Crow. They seem to work well but I have the older style rotary-knob kam locks, which I'm not crazy about - likely will upgrade to the new lever version when I get a chance if that's...
Forum: RV-14 05-23-2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,681
Posted By MacCool
I suspect that I would manage pre-heating...

I suspect that I would manage pre-heating differently in Merced California than I do in Central Minnesota, if I bothered to pre-heat at all (Lycoming recommends pre-heating if the ambient temps are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 14,422
Posted By MacCool
Actually, there are far more places that aren't...

Actually, there are far more places that aren't listed on that map, at least around here. Here in the middle of the state it's lake country and no one wants to put ethanol fuel in their boat. Many...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 14,422
Posted By MacCool
Thanks Tom. I read Mike Busch’s stuff, have...

Thanks Tom. I read Mike Busch’s stuff, have watched the YouTube video you referenced, follow Savvy Aviation, and read a lot about aircraft fuel. I’m fully aware of the evils of lead in gasoline, its...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 14,422
Posted By MacCool
I do admire the true Experimental guys. Their...

I do admire the true Experimental guys. Their innovation has truly helped move General Aviation forward. But I’m not that guy. I don’t know enough to experiment with something that might force a...
Forum: RV-14 05-21-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,681
Posted By MacCool
Reiff Turbo XP...

Reiff Turbo XP (http://www.reiffpreheat.com/product.htm) was fantastic for me this past Minnesota winter. In a mild climate like Colorado Springs, you could probably get by with the plain Turbo....
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