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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 06:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,072
Posted By MacCool
Getting that airplane for $65K would be a...

Getting that airplane for $65K would be a super-fantastic deal. The only thing I see keeping it from being a $140,000 airplane (in today’s market) is a $40,000 IFR panel (assuming it passes a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 02:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By MacCool
...and $20 shipping. Classic :D .

...and $20 shipping. Classic :D .
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 11:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By MacCool
Right now, the market is crazy, but looming...

Right now, the market is crazy, but looming stagflation and a very likely recession may well have big impact on those crazy prices, and that's probably less than a year out. Jumping in now might put...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 10:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 609
Posted By MacCool
I have unused buttons on the stick but don't want...

I have unused buttons on the stick but don't want my flaps there. On the panel next to the throttle...an easy and repeatable reach for me.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-26-2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By MacCool
Here in Minnesota, we have distinct and...

Here in Minnesota, we have distinct and occasionally brutal seasons. I have a small fleet of seasonal rolling stock and in any given season at any given time I have a number of vehicles on float...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By MacCool
Here’s a sample RV checklist....

Here’s a sample RV checklist. https://vansairforce.net/downloads/InspectionChecklist.pdf.

and here’s one that Walt Aronow has published...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 08:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By MacCool
The -9A is pretty quirk-free. Very honest...

The -9A is pretty quirk-free. Very honest airplane. No surprises or bad habits, but very precise. It will do exactly what you tell it to do...no more, no less. I assume aerobatics don't interest you....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-24-2022, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By MacCool
Yup. My -9A has valve stem access holes with...

Yup. My -9A has valve stem access holes with press-fit caps. The valve stem cap is a hex nut. I line up the valve stem with the hole, wrench off the cap with a can wrench, and air up the tire with a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-24-2022, 01:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,495
Posted By MacCool
I have been told by people smarter than me that...

I have been told by people smarter than me that solder imposes a level of brittleness to a connection that increases its likelihood of fracturing under vibration stress.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By MacCool
Good tips...I've seen Paul's rattle can...

Good tips...I've seen Paul's rattle can recommendation before and it makes good sense, but color matching is an issue and I'm a little more oriented toward a good durable finish than the ease of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By MacCool
Favorite paint for wheel pants?

I'm re-fiberglassing the wheel pants on my RV-9A to repair some mounting hole stress cracks and other fiberglass damage. I'm about to start filling with the microballoons before taking to a body shop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,917
Posted By MacCool
Right. So...add a beer fridge.

Right. So...add a beer fridge.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2022, 05:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By MacCool
Vas, in our previous discussions, I don't think I...

Vas, in our previous discussions, I don't think I was clear on which autopilot you have. Mine isn't a TruTrak, exactly....it's an AFS-Pilot (made by TruTrak, but not the same). So, ignore any...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-20-2022, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,390
Posted By MacCool
LOL. I saw the Kavlico bulletin when it was...

LOL.

I saw the Kavlico bulletin when it was released by Advanced Flight and I did pick up a couple of the new version sensors, but they weren't a menu choice in the oil and fuel pressure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2022, 06:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,243
Posted By MacCool
I wanted to get to the Boone Iowa RV gathering...

I wanted to get to the Boone Iowa RV gathering but it was the same weekend as the Ray Fagen Memorial Warbirds show in Granite Falls Minnesota. That was a spectacular event, and included the Tora Tora...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-18-2022, 05:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,552
Posted By MacCool
It was $500 to ship my Alpha 2 from Utah to...

It was $500 to ship my Alpha 2 from Utah to Minnesota. I canít even imagine the cost of shipping it to Australia or Europe. And then VAT.

The Alpha series is a great tug for an RV. My A2 moves by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,726
Posted By MacCool
Good review, thanks. For reasons that are...

Good review, thanks. For reasons that are unclear, my recently-upgraded AFS EFIS now only displays fully up, or fully down flaps. Partial flaps show only as fully retracted. I recently took off with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,137
Posted By MacCool
My experience too. I used to describe myself as...

My experience too. I used to describe myself as “Experimental” but have had both Approach and Tower controllers ask me what kind of “Experimental”. Now I just announce as “RV”. Everybody seems to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By MacCool
For me, it’s about how long it takes to get the...

For me, it’s about how long it takes to get the whole block up to a safe temp. If I could rely on myself to always remember to pre-heat starting 12-14 hours before the flight, it might be less...
Forum: Safety 06-09-2022, 07:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,415
Posted By MacCool
My wife just had the second eye done and she...

My wife just had the second eye done and she found the process to be No Big Deal. Biggest downside for her was the rather rigorous post-op eye drop schedule. She said that the improvement in vision...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By MacCool
Here in Minnesota, the need to pre-heat an...

Here in Minnesota, the need to pre-heat an airplane engine is common about 6 or 7 months of the year, and for about 2 or 3 months of the year the ambient temps are commonly below zero. In that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2022, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By MacCool
Absolutely, Reiff pre-heater. I donít have...

Absolutely, Reiff pre-heater. I donít have internet at my hangar so the pre-heater is on a Switcheon cell phone switch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 22
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Views: 2,808
Posted By MacCool
My plane has enough coats paint that you canít...

My plane has enough coats paint that you canít even see the rivet heads. Even the phillips head screws on the fuel tanks are difficult to make out. Itís a beautiful paint job but itís also a heavy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2022, 08:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,384
Posted By MacCool
You don't need external weight on the wheels....I...

You don't need external weight on the wheels....I tried that with about 180 lbs of tractor weights. If you're pushing the plane with arms that are below the axle line it will add effective weight to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2022, 08:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,384
Posted By MacCool
What I found is that it isn't the weight...it's...

What I found is that it isn't the weight...it's the same weight as the Best Tug A2 that I ended up buying...it's the fact that when pushing the plane with it, the angles from the tow bar push the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2022, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,384
Posted By MacCool
I've tried a couple of tug solutions, including...

I've tried a couple of tug solutions, including trying to make one. Also tried the winch-from-the-tail solution but was persuaded away from that as I was told that that tie-down ring wasn't a good...
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2022, 05:50 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,964
Posted By MacCool
I have those Cleaveland tie downs and leave them...

I have those Cleaveland tie downs and leave them on all the time. If it had been me, I'd have been just as happy with the rings. I did remove the Cleaveland item from the tail and replaced it with a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-01-2022, 10:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By MacCool
Carl, I'm curious why you say that. I respect...

Carl, I'm curious why you say that. I respect your opinions here, but in this case I don't agree. I routinely leave cars, boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, quads...and airplanes... on a good quality...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-01-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By MacCool
I coincidentally today had an issue with the AGM...

I coincidentally today had an issue with the AGM batteries in my Best Tug (24v system). I left the power on and they discharged. When I plugged them in today...wouldn't take a charge from the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-31-2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By MacCool
Agree...you're battery is done for. Sulfation...

Agree...you're battery is done for.

Sulfation begins anytime a lead-acid battery hits about 12.4 volts. I leave my two-battery airplane plugged in in the hangar 24/7/365. Previous owner had used a...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-31-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By MacCool
About 18 months ago, the XBow AHRS went out on my...

About 18 months ago, the XBow AHRS went out on my AFS 4500. IIRC, after calling Advanced Flight, my options at that time were to fix the 4500 for about $1000, or to trade it in for an AFS 5400...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-30-2022, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, I planned from the beginning that I'd have...

Yeah, I planned from the beginning that I'd have to refinish them. After I'm done re-glassing the areas I've sanded down, I'll fill everything with some microballoon/epoxy and then take them into the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-30-2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By MacCool
Thanks for the tip. I ordered some of this style...

Thanks for the tip. I ordered some of this style of Tinnerman washers to try as an alternative. Any experience with them? They seem to have been pretty well-received based on old posts I've seen...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,788
Posted By MacCool
I agree. "Flaps Up" is part of my "Before Engine...

I agree. "Flaps Up" is part of my "Before Engine Start" checklist item, as well as Taxi After Landing. They go down each time as the last item before Master Off.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-29-2022, 06:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,334
Posted By MacCool
I don’t see that it locks the rudder in any way....

I don’t see that it locks the rudder in any way. That seems be the control surface that takes the most beating in gusty ground conditions, my observation. I’d still have to have an additional rudder...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2022, 10:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By MacCool
Alex...I blame the pancake breakfast at Henning...

Alex...I blame the pancake breakfast at Henning last year for running roughshod on these wheel pants.:)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By MacCool
Great idea, thanks.

Great idea, thanks.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-27-2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By MacCool
Well...that's a fair point. They aren't...

Well...that's a fair point. They aren't structural...don't play a role in supporting the wheel pants.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-27-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By MacCool
Wheel pants - fiberglass repair question

I'm fixing up my wheel pants (as addressed in this thread (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=205237)). I have some stress cracks at the mounting screw holes, which I'm reinforcing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2022, 05:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By MacCool
Matthew White in Lee's Summit did several...

Matthew White in Lee's Summit did several Condition Inspections on my RV-9A for the previous owner, and I've spoken to him a couple of times. Nice guy, very knowledgeable, very...
Forum: Midwest 05-25-2022, 02:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By MacCool
Would it be easier to fine a DAR to issue a ferry...

Would it be easier to fine a DAR to issue a ferry permit so you can fly it home?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,109
Posted By MacCool
I've never had a chest tube placed or removed on...

I've never had a chest tube placed or removed on myself, but I've been on the other end of the tube hundreds of times over the last 45 years. Certainly enough to have a clear understanding of what a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,391
Posted By MacCool
I completely agree that 6 weeks is nothing....not...

I completely agree that 6 weeks is nothing....not enough time to cause significant octane loss. However, I had the impression that the OP might also be worried about condensation, therefore the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2022, 03:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,749
Posted By MacCool
I flew down for the second day of the Great...

I flew down for the second day of the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering (https://mnpilots.org/gmag/), sponsored by the Minnesota Pilots Association. Very nice event, lots of good speakers and vendor...
Forum: Autopilots 05-20-2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By MacCool
Mine did the same...was actually doing that when...

Mine did the same...was actually doing that when I bought the plane. I was told it was toast, I replaced it with a G5 for $1300 (two years ago). It was an excellent upgrade.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,718
Posted By MacCool
I don't know enough about airplane engines to...

I don't know enough about airplane engines to know whether or not cutting that particular corner would be a bad thing for a $30,000 investment that also plays a role in keeping me alive. My initial...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2022, 05:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,986
Posted By MacCool
:D this really resonates with me. As my...

:D this really resonates with me. As my retirement looms, within the next few months, I face this exact issue at home. "I married you for life, but not for lunch", she lovingly told me.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,487
Posted By MacCool
Awhile ago, about the start of this thread, I...

Awhile ago, about the start of this thread, I ordered a couple of Tempest 48110-2 filters. Those were delivered about a week ago. I must have forgot and ordered some more because I just received...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,204
Posted By MacCool
For me, it just depends on whether I'm actually...

For me, it just depends on whether I'm actually "on a mission", or just flying around for fun especially with a passenger. Lot's of thermals/bumps takes the edge off of the fun I'm having because I...
Forum: COMM 05-18-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 542
Posted By MacCool
These have worked very well for me. I have them...

These have worked very well for me. I have them on two different sets of A20s and no issues with the material from leaving them in a hot cockpit on the glareshield. So far, these have lasted longer...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-16-2022, 07:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,328
Posted By MacCool
Advanced Flight is part of Dynon, so I'm kind of...

Advanced Flight is part of Dynon, so I'm kind of surprised that the Dynon AOA doesn't have both flaps and no-flaps calibration points. My AFS system uses virtually all Dynon components (pitot,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 07:07 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 24,960
Posted By MacCool
Those seasonal transitions are problematic....

Those seasonal transitions are problematic. Winter fuel in May is far from uncommon around here. I run into that with my tractor too…the convenience store where I buy diesel tends to be a little slow...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2022, 03:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,328
Posted By MacCool
I had to calibrate the AOA display on my AFS 5400...

I had to calibrate the AOA display on my AFS 5400 EFIS/Dynon heated pitot with flaps in both positions. The AOA display on the EFIS includes flap position. Works well flaps up or down, including the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-15-2022, 11:59 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 17,487
Posted By MacCool
I decided that installing the oil shutter on the...

I decided that installing the oil shutter on the back of the oil cooler wasn't the best choice, so I found an even easier alternative....I just had my A&P/IA do it while he was doing my CI. He...
Forum: ADS-B 05-15-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,943
Posted By MacCool
I am envious that you got to speak to a uAvioncs...

I am envious that you got to speak to a uAvioncs tech. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve left three voicemails, two emails and at least one message on their support site and have yet to make a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-15-2022, 07:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,306
Posted By MacCool
OMG what a fantastic repository of information...

OMG what a fantastic repository of information this forum is! Iíve never even heard or seen the word ďswarfĒ used in conversation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,928
Posted By MacCool
It apparently varies quite a bit FSDO by FSDO.

It apparently varies quite a bit FSDO by FSDO.
Forum: GPS 05-11-2022, 08:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,620
Posted By MacCool
That software update has been rumored for quite...

That software update has been rumored for quite awhile. Looking forward to it.

When I bought my IFD440, I needed to install some updates to activate wifi and bluetooth capabiliuty. I called Avidyne,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,438
Posted By MacCool
I use a Wirefy kit...

I use a Wirefy kit (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GFLWKTT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1) (Amazon)...multiple different crimp inserts for $75, but you can get it with just a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
Posted By MacCool
Blackstone. Their reports provide an...

Blackstone. Their reports provide an interpretation by an actual person (not computer) with specific comparison to your previous analyses and discussion of the trend. The trend of your oil analysis...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 783
Posted By MacCool
Personally, I think that instruments on the...

Personally, I think that instruments on the passenger side of my airplane are hard to keep looking at. That said, the G5 is pretty bright and would be pretty sharp and visible, but I'm not keen on a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By MacCool
In the event that the CFI doesn't have a Letter...

In the event that the CFI doesn't have a Letter of Deviation Authority so that he/she can instruct in any E-AB, you might want to get a LODA for yourself and your airplane as soon as you take...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 07:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,678
Posted By MacCool
Two years from now....:eek: Or...in the interim...

Two years from now....:eek:

Or...in the interim maybe we'll get cogent opinions from Dan Gryder, Juan Brown, or Scott Perdue.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-02-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By MacCool
Just out of curiosity, and I suppose I could ask...

Just out of curiosity, and I suppose I could ask Alex about it, what is the advantage of this tubing over the standard black corrugated conduit that Vans sells?
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