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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 151
Posted By MacCool
I have the Dynon/Advanced Flight EFIS. There are...

I have the Dynon/Advanced Flight EFIS. There are two USB ports on the back of the unit. One of them has the Wi-Fi adapter plugged into it all the time, the other one is on the remote extension cord...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 09:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,020
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, this is really important. Go to the in...

Yeah, this is really important. Go to the in drugstore, spend some time trying on reading glasses until you find a pair that allows you to focus consistently at about 1 to 2 feet.

and a good...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-14-2022, 02:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,136
Posted By MacCool
I had to find an A&P on a Sunday afternoon in...

I had to find an A&P on a Sunday afternoon in rural Iowa halfway through the 4-hour ferry flight as my CFI/buddy and I were bringing my just-purchased plane home a few years ago. He struggled...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-12-2022, 10:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,282
Posted By MacCool
Of course, one key component in doing one’s...

Of course, one key component in doing one’s homework on a Van’s RV maintenance topic is a post on VAF asking for opinions from the many knowledgeable folks here. I wouldn’t view that as building my...
Forum: Tools 08-12-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,113
Posted By MacCool
Yes. I got by for years with plain old carboard,...

Yes. I got by for years with plain old carboard, but when I needed to start doing a lot of work on the underside of the wings (servos, pitot, wiring access, probes etc) or washing the underside, I...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-11-2022, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By MacCool
I neglected to mention the waiver of subrogation....

I neglected to mention the waiver of subrogation. It would be an important component of the open pilot warranty, especially if the instructor is going to be the PIC. I’ve made sure that it’s always...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-11-2022, 10:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 860
Posted By MacCool
My Advanced Flight 5400 EFIS calibrates AoA...

My Advanced Flight 5400 EFIS calibrates AoA differently. A little odd since theyíre a component of Dynon and the whole rig uses an SV ADAHRS and Skyview network. AoA calibration requires a...
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2022, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 353
Posted By MacCool
I've dealt with Stein more than a few times,...

I've dealt with Stein more than a few times, especially because he's (more or less) local to me. Class act all the way.
Forum: Tools 08-10-2022, 03:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,113
Posted By MacCool
The Aero deeper is nice but my need for a creeper...

The Aero deeper is nice but my need for a creeper simply does not reach the $650 mark. For about a third of that, you can get this one from Whiteside. Itís met my every need....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-10-2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 898
Posted By MacCool
It would be a tempting upgrade but it won’t fit...

It would be a tempting upgrade but it won’t fit my the space where my 5400 is. The 5400 is/was a direct size replacement for my previous 4500. Great EFIS.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-10-2022, 05:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By MacCool
When I bought my -9A, I brought my CFI down with...

When I bought my -9A, I brought my CFI down with me and the transition training started on the 4 hour flight back. I arranged the insurance policy well beforehand (used Leah Ringeisen at Gallagher)...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-09-2022, 02:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 979
Posted By MacCool
Avionics changes fast. Having spent time on my...

Avionics changes fast. Having spent time on my back under my panel doing just that, if I was starting from scratch, no question that I’d be talking to Rob Hickman at Advanced Flight about an Advanced...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2022, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By MacCool
Immediately before I bought my airplane a few...

Immediately before I bought my airplane a few years ago, the owner had a uAvionix EchoUAT installed for ADSB in and out. It was a "problematic" install, done by an A&P, and was complicated by an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2022, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By MacCool
I just found a video that amplifies the technique...

I just found a video that amplifies the technique a bit. Helpful. Obviously I didn’t go far enough into weightlessness. It does look like flap overspeed is potential...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By MacCool
Thanks to both of you. Not knowing how the 5400...

Thanks to both of you. Not knowing how the 5400 uses the weightless maneuver for the AoA calculations, it seemed logical to assume that stalling the airplane was the “zero lift” point and push the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2022, 06:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By MacCool
Advanced Flight EFIS - flying the AoA calibration

In the most current AFS manual, the AoA calibration protocol for the 5400 EFIS in my RV-9A recommends hanging a tennis ball or something and flying a maneuver until itís weightless, then hitting the...
Forum: Safety 08-05-2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,608
Posted By MacCool
I ordered a couple of Steve Melton's gust locks...

I ordered a couple of Steve Melton's gust locks for the rudder as backup for my Anti-splat gust lock. As in the OP, it seems reasonable to support the rudder at at least one other point along the...
Forum: Safety 08-05-2022, 06:09 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,655
Posted By MacCool
I use my Anti-Splat gust lock eery time I tie...

I use my Anti-Splat gust lock eery time I tie down and it works great, but Iíve never parked in really challenging conditions like Oshkosh this year. I gather from this thread that just locking the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-01-2022, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 442
Posted By MacCool
Simpler yet, I store my tie-downs in the little...

Simpler yet, I store my tie-downs in the little receptacles in the wings. They screw right in and that way I always know where they areÖ
Forum: RV-15 08-01-2022, 02:54 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,178
Posted By MacCool
Full-on glass is just modern aviation asserting...

Full-on glass is just modern aviation asserting itself. As to the doorsÖseems like thatís one of the items that will be ripe for the aviation aftermarket in 3-5 years when builders start getting to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-01-2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,694
Posted By MacCool
In this Quest for Fire, where does the looming...

In this Quest for Fire, where does the looming switch to 92-93 octane unleaded no-ethanol Avgas fall in the equation? Just curious.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-01-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,026
Posted By MacCool
That thing was invaluable to me as I was...

That thing was invaluable to me as I was retroactively running some wiring through the firewall and especially shoehorning AOA tubing and a wiring harness from ADAHARS to panel down the tunnel and...
Forum: Southeast 08-01-2022, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,467
Posted By MacCool
Very regional, Iím sure. Up here, T-hangars are...

Very regional, Iím sure. Up here, T-hangars are running about $170/month at the county regional airport, cheaper at the smaller airports, and are pretty available. They do, however, require that you...
Forum: RV-15 07-31-2022, 02:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,191
Posted By MacCool
My broker told me that, for the most part,...

My broker told me that, for the most part, longevity with a company has little bearing. The new company learns all they need to know about that from the questions they ask on your application....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 06:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,781
Posted By MacCool
I use an Advanced Flight 5400 with built-in...

I use an Advanced Flight 5400 with built-in always-displayed AoA. I view the audio tones as being a safety backup…I actually fly the gauge as I turn base and start slowing down. I think that those...
Forum: RV-15 07-31-2022, 06:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,191
Posted By MacCool
Yes, my experience too. My broker shops me around...

Yes, my experience too. My broker shops me around every year and at 71 last year she switched me to a company that offered a policy with much better coverage at a lower price. My renewal is coming...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,610
Posted By MacCool
I had to install a new ADAHRS and run AoA tubing...

I had to install a new ADAHRS and run AoA tubing to the area behind the baggage bulkhead. I canít even imagine that job without the conduit that the original builder has installed 10 years...
Forum: RV-15 07-30-2022, 10:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,191
Posted By MacCool
Iím 71, retiring day-after-tomorrow. Not even...

Iím 71, retiring day-after-tomorrow. Not even considering an RV-15. I agree though, that enhanced ease of entry and exit is something that might tempt a septuagenarian.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2022, 03:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By MacCool
I’m 5’6”. My -9A has rudder pedals mounted in the...

I’m 5’6”. My -9A has rudder pedals mounted in the stock position. I finally moved the seat back forward one hinge row, and I slip the one-inch riser cushion that Abby supplied under the pilot’s seat...
Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,568
Posted By MacCool
Nice.Thatís sooner than I would have thought. Iím...

Nice.Thatís sooner than I would have thought. Iím not a builder by any stretch of the imagination, and this stage of my aviation life itís highly unlikely that Iíll never own, or even fly, an RV-15,...
Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 08:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,568
Posted By MacCool
Just curiousÖhow long do you think before you...

Just curiousÖhow long do you think before you will actually be able to start pounding (or pulling;)) rivets?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-26-2022, 02:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,406
Posted By MacCool
Another one, which I have but haven’t installed...

Another one, which I have but haven’t installed yet, is this one. Similar concept although suitable for hangar maintenance, I’m told, depending on the jack you use. Very well made. It’s made by...
Forum: Midwest 07-26-2022, 06:16 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 31,212
Posted By MacCool
Do pop rivets on the engineering prototype mean...

Do pop rivets on the engineering prototype mean that the production version will use pop rivets too? I was assuming they used pop rivets for ease and speed of prototype construction.

Other...
Forum: RV-15 07-25-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,178
Posted By MacCool
Is it possible they used pulled rivets to...

Is it possible they used pulled rivets to simplify and speed up construction of the engineering prototype?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2022, 10:22 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,177
Posted By MacCool
Man, Iím really sorry that happened

Man, Iím really sorry that happened
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,177
Posted By MacCool
I agree…I’m having a hard time envisioning how...

I agree…I’m having a hard time envisioning how that damage occurred. Was it taped like that before, or after the storm?
Forum: Midwest 07-24-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 31,212
Posted By MacCool
(From another thread)...

(From another thread) (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=208403)

Here’s the “ on-the-field-storm’s-a-comin’ “ version, but apparently applied too late.
Forum: Reviews 07-23-2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 932
Posted By MacCool
I mostly use it with the black container off, and...

I mostly use it with the black container off, and my recollection is that ejects the mandrel straight up and out, and pretty reliably. It's unusual, but not unheard of, that I've had to pluck the...
Forum: Reviews 07-23-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 932
Posted By MacCool
Mine ejects into the little holder reliably, but...

Mine ejects into the little holder reliably, but it's true that it's more reliable in some positions than others. I usually leave that black container off which makes it less cumbersome in tight...
Forum: Reviews 07-23-2022, 08:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 932
Posted By MacCool
Harbor Freight sells pretty cheap "imported"...

Harbor Freight sells pretty cheap "imported" stuff, and generally the quality is definitely not "professional grade". That said, I'm not a professional. I have some Harbor Freight tools and in my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,856
Posted By MacCool
I can't think of a reason I'd ever want to add...

I can't think of a reason I'd ever want to add pads to my Crow harness. I did replace my older-style rotary Crow cam lock with their newer-style lever cam-lock. I like the lever-style better than the...
Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,178
Posted By MacCool
I understand the marketing aspect and don't...

I understand the marketing aspect and don't disagree at all. I think they should truck that plane out there...it will add to the hype, both there and here. I'll be interested to see the threads that...
Forum: RV-10 07-18-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,013
Posted By MacCool
Make sure his "body conformation" doesn't limit...

Make sure his "body conformation" doesn't limit stick travel.
Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,178
Posted By MacCool
I don't know much about airplane manufacturing,...

I don't know much about airplane manufacturing, but I wonder about the value of publicly displaying an engineering prototype. It doesn't seem that the potential buyers would be able to glean much...
Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,178
Posted By MacCool
Seems like they'd be risking a lot in trying to...

Seems like they'd be risking a lot in trying to fly their engineering prototype from Oregon to Wisconsin and back. That's gotta be a pretty stripped-down airplane and that trip entails a lot of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-18-2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,665
Posted By MacCool
I get this barely perceptible miss on my IO-320...

I get this barely perceptible miss on my IO-320 with dual PMags if I lean the engine too aggressively. In every case, enriching the mixture by about 20 degrees EGT makes it go away.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-17-2022, 06:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,126
Posted By MacCool
It was in the encrypted newsletter.

It was in the encrypted newsletter.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-17-2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,126
Posted By MacCool
Dude! The first rule of Chemtrails is that no one...

Dude! The first rule of Chemtrails is that no one talks about ChemtrailsÖ.;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2022, 09:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,424
Posted By MacCool
Stretchiness is one reason I use straps instead...

Stretchiness is one reason I use straps instead of rope.

It would be easy enough to cut the hooks off and put a non-climbing carabiner in the webbing loop but some of the in-ground tie-downs at...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2022, 07:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,424
Posted By MacCool
Cleaveland seems to think so. I assume theyíre...

Cleaveland seems to think so. I assume theyíre thinking that if the wing blocks sheer at 1500 pounds, not much point in having their tiedown points break higher than that. I suppose we can look at...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2022, 06:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,424
Posted By MacCool
There are many options for tie downs - various...

There are many options for tie downs - various combinations of webbing/rope/buckles/hooks etc. I use Ancra motorcycle tie-down straps, which work fine and are economical. As a starting point how...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-13-2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,003
Posted By MacCool
We have three Golden Retrievers. The oldest tends...

We have three Golden Retrievers. The oldest tends to be a little skittish about car rides, fireworks, other unfamiliar situations. He is significantly calmed in those situations by putting a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-12-2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,252
Posted By MacCool
Well...that's going to cost me a beer, I can just...

Well...that's going to cost me a beer, I can just sense it.
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-12-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,252
Posted By MacCool
Where are you in Central Minnesota? My RV-9A is...

Where are you in Central Minnesota? My RV-9A is at KBRD.
Forum: RV-15 07-12-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,178
Posted By MacCool
So...the basic engineering prototype is...

So...the basic engineering prototype is flying...what would be a reasonably-expected time frame before purchasers will start driving the first rivets?
Forum: RV-15 07-11-2022, 06:06 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,178
Posted By MacCool
It would be odd for them to bring out what...

It would be odd for them to bring out what they're calling the engineering prototype, only to do a complete re-design later,,,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,723
Posted By MacCool
Carl, I pulled the cowl a couple of days ago to...

Carl, I pulled the cowl a couple of days ago to review the fuel line routing. I found that you are correct...the fuel line goes firewall -> Red Cube -> boost pump -> engine-driven pump -> fuel servo...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,749
Posted By MacCool
The guy that built my airplane used Skybolt...

The guy that built my airplane used Skybolt fasteners on the entire upper and lower cowling. I have found them to be excellent. They are very secure and very convenient.
Forum: Job Board 07-08-2022, 08:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By MacCool
You can perform any mechanical or avionics work...

You can perform any mechanical or avionics work that you desire on your E-AB. The only thing you can't do is sign off on the annual Condition Inspection. You can wrench on it to your heart's content...
Forum: Job Board 07-07-2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By MacCool
Condition Inspection vs Pre-buy...

Condition Inspection vs Pre-buy (https://www.kitplanes.com/prebuy-vs-condition-inspection/)

Condition Inspection Checklist (https://vansairforce.net/downloads/InspectionChecklist.pdf)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-07-2022, 10:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,859
Posted By MacCool
I always safety wire the oil filter. AFAIK, it's...

I always safety wire the oil filter. AFAIK, it's still considered "best practice" in the aviation maintenance world. I'm not near expert enough to know whether or not it's necessary, but I try to be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,014
Posted By MacCool
I routinely use the Anti-Splat gust lock and have...

I routinely use the Anti-Splat gust lock and have found it to work well. Really locks up the rudder and elevators. I did recently park for a few hours at a local Warbirds show, with winds gusting to...
Forum: Job Board 07-06-2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By MacCool
The point being...since he didn't build the...

The point being...since he didn't build the plane, he can't sign off on his own annual Condition Inspection unless he's an A&P.
Forum: Job Board 07-06-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By MacCool
Couple of things: I'd separate out the the...

Couple of things:


I'd separate out the the pre-buy inspection from the Condition Inspection. They are not necessarily the same thing.
Not all AP/IA's are qualified to do a good pre-buy...
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