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Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-20-2022, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By macrafic
Inconsistent GPH Reading on G3X

I have been flying the RV-7A, with IO-360, 2 pMags, and G3X system since 2017, with no issues.

Recently, the gph reading on the G3X Fuel Calculator tab on the Engine page became inconsistently...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By macrafic
Thanks Greg. Sounds logical. When the weather...

Thanks Greg. Sounds logical. When the weather warms up here in the frozen north, I will check the wiring between the red block and the fuel transducer. Until then, the fuel gauges are reading fine,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By macrafic
P.S. Tge engine was preheated prior to initial...

P.S. Tge engine was preheated prior to initial start (Reiff sump heater pads). Warmth verified personally.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2022, 01:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By macrafic
Affirmative, Greg!

Affirmative, Greg!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By macrafic
High GPH Glitch

Plane had been sitting for 3 weeks, hangered, but in the bitter cold spell we were having. Subsequently, took a flight with the temp at 3 degrees F on the ground. G3X Touch system.

Did not pay...
Forum: RV-10 01-17-2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,117
Posted By macrafic
Ditto on Tim Olsonís Pedal Extensions

I copied Timís pedal extensions on my RV-7A. My wife and I are both pilots. Sheís 5 foot two and Iím 6 foot two. The pedals have been working great for her for a couple of years now.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 07-13-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,709
Posted By macrafic
You can access the Minnesota 2021 Airport...

You can access the Minnesota 2021 Airport Directory and Travel Guide at https://www.dot.state.mn.us/aero/airportdirectory/documents/2021_Airport_Directory_and_Travel_Guide_25MAR21_lowres.pdf. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,822
Posted By macrafic
Wife and I took 6 hour flight to Charlotte, NC...

Wife and I took 6 hour flight to Charlotte, NC for the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race. Around 140-145 kts TAS LOP at 7 gph; this plane tickles my fancy!

Just beat out the non-flyable weather coming...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 03-17-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,005
Posted By macrafic
Interrupting, then Resuming an Approach

This does not happen often and, in an actual IFR situation, I would most likely start the approach over. So, assume this is in a practice IFR approach with a safety pilot or VFR conditions.

I do...
Forum: Southeast 03-04-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,085
Posted By macrafic
Charlotte, NC Recommendations

Flying into Charlotte for the NASCAR race in May and looking for airport recommendations. Flying IFR, so would prefer towered, but not a deal breaker. Also looking for hangar space, but also not a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-26-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 971
Posted By macrafic
G3X: Intercepting VOR Radial

Looking at the VOR approach procedures in the G3X Touch pilot guide. I am a bit confused looking at the instructions for intercepting a VOR radial.

The instructions are EXACTLY the same as the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-31-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,176
Posted By macrafic
Just to close out this series of posts, thanks to...

Just to close out this series of posts, thanks to all who contributed, my two issues are resolved.

Regarding not being able to find the settings tab on the Aircraft configuration page, I simply...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-29-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,176
Posted By macrafic
I think I found the problem I was having with...

I think I found the problem I was having with finding the flight logs. In Appendix B of the Pilot Guide, it indicates that the flight logs will only show on PFD1 in a multi-display system. I have...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-28-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,176
Posted By macrafic
Justin, thanks! My GDU 470 only shows 2 tabs. I...

Justin, thanks! My GDU 470 only shows 2 tabs. I missed the little green arrow at the top right that allows me to scroll to the right for more tabs. Good to go on the engine/total times.

Not so on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-28-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,176
Posted By macrafic
Question G3X Touch Config Questions

Hi, I have upgraded my panel to a 3-display G3X Touch (from a non-touch system) and have completed the configuration, with the following remaining questions/issues. Your help would be much...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-07-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,677
Posted By macrafic
Question Upgrading from G3X Non-touch to Touch

I am hoping Steve (G3Xpert) will see this and chime in. Would also invite others who have made this change. And, of course, Stein is always welcome to comment!!!

My questions about upgrading from...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-27-2020, 05:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,781
Posted By macrafic
How do you do an oil level check

Are we supposed to check our oil level (Lycoming) with the dipstick screwed in or gust inserted as far as possible without screwing it in?

On my IO-360, the difference Between the two is a bit over...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-24-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,706
Posted By macrafic
Steve, I also have the Duckworks HID leg and taxi...

Steve, I also have the Duckworks HID leg and taxi lights and am thinking of doing what you did.

Were you able to use existing wiring as-is

Did you need to enlarge the wing opening?

Were you able...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-01-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,547
Posted By macrafic
In case it helps anybody, the CHT probe on cyl #...

In case it helps anybody, the CHT probe on cyl # 1 WAS the problem. Replacement a non issue.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-17-2020, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,547
Posted By macrafic
Paul, you made me go back for some additional...

Paul, you made me go back for some additional information. I was unaware that there are multiple types of CHT sensors (screw-in and bayonet). Unfortunately, mine is a screw-in and that is what...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-17-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,547
Posted By macrafic
I should add, the engine purrs very nicely. Mag...

I should add, the engine purrs very nicely. Mag checks are just fine. I can run full Power, Rich Of peak, lean of peak, all configurations without an issue. Just did an oil change and nothing showed...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-17-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,547
Posted By macrafic
Low CHT in one Cylinder

The problem first surfaced when I noticed my CHT in cylinder number one would drop significantly when I pull back power. As soon as I advanced power, the CHT would go back up. I had reason to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,436
Posted By macrafic
RV-7A Trip Report

Just getting around to compiling statistics of Cindy's and my flight to the Daytona 500 race in Florida in February in our homebuilt. What an awesome experience and an awesome plane!!

- Distance -...
Forum: ADS-B 04-23-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,817
Posted By macrafic
Todd/Bill, where did you get the update? When I...

Todd/Bill, where did you get the update? When I try and access it using the provided link in a previous post, I get a message screen from Garmin, ? Software Information Currently Unavailable?.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-11-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,641
Posted By macrafic
Mixing Oils

Wondering if it is OK to mix oil brands and viscosity. Here is the situation.

I live in Minnesota. During the warmer months, I use a straight weight oil (Aeroshell W100 Plus). During the colder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2020, 09:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,138
Posted By macrafic
GA and COVID-19 Mandates

For those pilots in state?s with Stay-At-Home mandates, Have you gotten any direction on the subject as it regards GA? Any opinion? Any comments from the group? Especially for us non-shared,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-20-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,340
Posted By macrafic
Nice video! My wife and I had the same...

Nice video! My wife and I had the same experience this past week; Rochester, MN to New Smyrna Beach with our RV-7A. Love those NW winds on the trip down; like you, we saw 40+ knots of tailwind at...
Forum: Interiors 02-09-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,380
Posted By macrafic
We fly all winter long here in Minnesota and some...

We fly all winter long here in Minnesota and some pretty cold weather. The heated seats come in handy especially upon landing. When you pull the power back, the heat from the exhaust system Gets to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-27-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,583
Posted By macrafic
LOP and HP

As I understand it, LOP operation is thought to be acceptable as long as engine HP is below 75%. Please, don?t want to debate this here).

Is that 75% power BEFORE the engine is leaned LOP? Or...
Forum: GPS 01-27-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,341
Posted By macrafic
GTN 650 IFR Scenario assistance

I have a Q on the use of the GTN 650 and it is best asked by describing the specific scenario.

You are out flying around and decide you want to do a practice IFR approach to a nearby airport. to do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 928
Posted By macrafic
RV-7A MN to FL to TX Advice

Headed to Daytona in Feb for NASCAR race from MN

1. Advice for airports to consider in Daytona. Prefer hangared but willing to consider tie-down.
2. Advice for circumventing all the various area...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-25-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,376
Posted By macrafic
Dave, I live in Rochester MN, just south of you. ...

Dave, I live in Rochester MN, just south of you. I suggest you talk to Vetterman about his trombone exhaust system. I don?t know if he makes one for the 320 engine. My RV-7A has the IO-360 with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,596
Posted By macrafic
Daytona Area Recommendations?

We will be flying our RV-7A to Daytona in February for the NASCAR Cup race. Looking for recommendations of the numerous airports in and around the area, ,including DAB. Will need a rental (prefer...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-09-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 645
Posted By macrafic
Question Garmin G3X (Non-touch) Display Configuration

I have a 3-screen G3X (non-touch); PFD1, MFD, PFD2. I would like to configure PFD2 so that engine information shows at the top of the display (ideally, with a map below). I have tried configuring...
Forum: Engine Monitors 05-09-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,006
Posted By macrafic
Garmin G3X engine monitor "sample interval"

Anybody know what the G3X (GSU 73) engine monitor data sample interval is? Typically, engine monitors sample every 2 or 6 seconds.

I am wanting to execute Savvy's Ignition Stress Test and need to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-09-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,144
Posted By macrafic
Weep Hole in Breather Tube?

A discussion came up at our EAA chapter meeting regarding weep holes in the breather tube.

My breather tube does not go out into the airstream; it stops over the exhaust pipe just short (in front...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2019, 08:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,695
Posted By macrafic
Hey all, great discussion. I especially like it...

Hey all, great discussion. I especially like it when a question I posed generates such interest!

Having said that, I must not have been clear with my initial question. So, let me state it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,695
Posted By macrafic
Testing - Wheel pants or not?

I did all my flight testing of our RV-7A with my wheel pants off; standard practice in Minnesota in the winter. Come spring, wheel pants back on, and retesting WOT, I found significant difference in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-01-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,116
Posted By macrafic
5 amps Brian

5 amps Brian
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-01-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,116
Posted By macrafic
GSU 73 Fault on Startup

Occasionally (seems to be getting more frequent over time), I start my RV-7A (FI IO-360 with dual Pmags) and my GSU 73 on my VPX shows a fault. I reset it, and it works fine; never has...
Forum: Reviews 09-10-2018, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,617
Posted By macrafic
Echo Shoutout to AeroLEDs

I second the shoutout. I had a Suntail that was purchased during my build, with quite a delay before my test flying. Once flying, I noticed interference with select frequencies, one of which is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,926
Posted By macrafic
Best glide speed with full flaps

Just out of curiosity, in case I find myself in an engine out situation with stuck flaps, I went flying today to determine my best glide (max glide slope) with full flaps. I was surprised at the 15...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,079
Posted By macrafic
Indianapolis Airports

Making a trip to see the Red Bull Air Races at Indy Motor Speedway. Can anybody make a recommendation for a nice airport to use? Would prefer to hangar our RV -7A, but tiedown would not be the end...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-17-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,062
Posted By macrafic
Loading next DB cycle into G3X

I know you can prematurely load the next DB cycle into the GTN650. It will automatically switch to the new cycle at the appropriate date.

I seem to recall that you can NOT do the same with the G3X,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2018, 06:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,286
Posted By macrafic
Haven't checked since I glued my canopy (about 16...

Haven't checked since I glued my canopy (about 16 months ago), but the best place then, and a place where many RVers have bought Sikaflex, is Jamestown Distributors...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,840
Posted By macrafic
Terrific! Thanks all!

Terrific! Thanks all!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,943
Posted By macrafic
The drain does have VERY SLOW leak, like a drop...

The drain does have VERY SLOW leak, like a drop every 5 minutes. So, Mike S. suggestion seems possible. No weeping rivets.

Snowflake, I thought about your suggestion also, but would think, if the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,840
Posted By macrafic
At What Point is Stall Speed Captured?

I have had this question for as long as I have been flying (1969) but have never pursued the answer because I have only ever flown certified aircraft with a manufacturer POH. However, I am flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,943
Posted By macrafic
Dark Blue Fuel

If I leave my RV-7A sit for a few days, when I sump the left tank, I get a very dark blue fuel. Only for one sump. If I sump it again right away, I get the traditional lighter blue-colored fuel. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,220
Posted By macrafic
Tom, if you are going to fireproof the firewall,...

Tom, if you are going to fireproof the firewall, now is the time. The fibrefax, ss foil and aluminum tape go on the engine side of the firewall. See MANY posts on this topic.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-16-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,222
Posted By macrafic
Matt, I think you are OK. Savvy wants more...

Matt, I think you are OK. Savvy wants more frequent collection of data than the 6 second interval defaulted on some engine monitors.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,222
Posted By macrafic
EIS Data Collection Rate on G3X

Can anybody tell me if there is a way to change the rate at which engine data is collected on the G3X (non-touch, although it is probably the same for the touch as well)?

To do some of the analysis...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,303
Posted By macrafic
Good response all. It tells me what my options...

Good response all. It tells me what my options MIGHT be. Paul, I hear you loud and clear. I have flown into AirVenture many years and have never uttered a word. However, I will play it by ear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,303
Posted By macrafic
Requesting Runway at AirVenture

Hi Drew! I have flown into AirVenture many times and have always taken the ruwnway assigned by the controllers at FISK. Is there any way I can request Rwy 36/18 this year? Although radio "noise"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,374
Posted By macrafic
My tail NAV is an AeroLED light, and I took pains...

My tail NAV is an AeroLED light, and I took pains to make sure it was grounded and shielded properly, per the instructions, since my Garmin G3X is back there also.

My wingtip NAVs are CreativAir...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,374
Posted By macrafic
No GRT Mini. Garmin G3X and Dynon D6.

No GRT Mini. Garmin G3X and Dynon D6.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,374
Posted By macrafic
Single COM Frequency Interference

I have a weird problem in my RV-7A.

When I dial in 119.8, which happens to be Approach/Departure frequency for KRST (Rochester, MN), and my LED NAV lights are on, I get a steady squelch on/squelch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,546
Posted By macrafic
Taking my RV-7A to AirVenture

I have flown into OSH for many years (GA Camping in the North 40 and, the last 3 years, aging out in the UW Osh dorms!).

However, this will be the first time I will be flying my recently completed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 702
Posted By macrafic
Bolt/Nut for Grove Nosewheel

I have the Grove nosewheel for my RV-7A. Just had to change a leaking tube and noticed that the bolt and nut that secures the wheel to the gear is the undrilled -60 bolt and fiber locknut that was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,904
Posted By macrafic
Bill, I have an Aerosport IO-360-M

Bill, I have an Aerosport IO-360-M
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,904
Posted By macrafic
Too Little Oil Usage?

Lots of info on the site relative to average and max oil usage. And when an engine may be broken in using oil consumption as criteria. Could not find anything however on MINIMUM oil consumption.

I...
Forum: RV-10 02-01-2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,098
Posted By macrafic
Greg, what you are missing here is that a tube...

Greg, what you are missing here is that a tube attaches to the puncture apparatus and routes the oil from the filter to a container of your choice at the other end of the tube below the aircraft. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,234
Posted By macrafic
LOP/ROP Measurement Q

When someone says, for instance, 30 degrees lean of peak, how is that measured? Is it 30 degrees LOP for the 1st cylinder to peak, or the last? Or the average? Something else?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 923
Posted By macrafic
Some Flight Testing Concept Questions

Trying to get a handle on determining best glide speed and glide ratio, but have some questions that beg simple answers please!

I believe glide ratio is affected by wind (greater distance with a...
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