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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 05:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By MacCool
Borescope? Find an A&P that has those skills....

Borescope? Find an A&P that has those skills. It's a relatively cheap place to start. You won't see the camshaft or lifters, but might give you an indication if the engine is a complete disaster.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 01:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By MacCool
seems like a canopy cover would be a good thing...

seems like a canopy cover would be a good thing to try…
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-13-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 707
Posted By MacCool
Heating the oil only is best, IMHO, if it's...

Heating the oil only is best, IMHO, if it's heated long enough that it can warm the entire engine, including cylinders, by conduction (heated oil) and convection (warm air under the cowl from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2021, 06:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,764
Posted By MacCool
I loved the Cessnas for the bulk of my 50 years a...

I loved the Cessnas for the bulk of my 50 years a pilot, but as the fleet got older, as flying certified aircraft got more expensive, and the ability to use innovative avionics got increasingly...
Forum: Reviews 05-12-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By MacCool
I'm not as tall as my plane's previous owner, but...

I'm not as tall as my plane's previous owner, but my son, who is 6' 4" appreciates that he installed the Almost-a-14 kit. That mod, the Easy out bar, and the Supertracks Canopy Extension...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 722
Posted By MacCool
I’ve never bought anything before from a place...

I’ve never bought anything before from a place whose primary function is manufacturing and shipping airplane kits, so I guess I don’t really know what is reasonable to expect…maybe a cumbersome...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-11-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 508
Posted By MacCool
This is probably one of those things that's easy...

This is probably one of those things that's easy to overthink. Permatex, LocTite, or EZ Turn are all going to be fine as a high temp sealant for NPT fittings. I've used all three for years in...
Forum: Reviews 05-11-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By MacCool
The Easy Out Bar is a real carpet and seat saver,...

The Easy Out Bar is a real carpet and seat saver, and especially helpful for old guys. Not knowing better, I ordered the version for fuel injection because...well...I have fuel injection. But my...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-10-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 707
Posted By MacCool
Review the Rieff website. Their preheater uses...

Review the Rieff website. Their preheater uses heating bands around the base of each cylinder, and a heater pad in the oil sump. Doesn't block anything. That system ought to be just as simple to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-10-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 707
Posted By MacCool
My RV-9A has a Rieff Turbo XP preheater, and it's...

My RV-9A has a Rieff Turbo XP preheater, and it's on a remote switch that uses LTE/IoT...so I can activate it and other electrical devices from an app on my cellphone (Switcheon). It's great service,...
Forum: Safety 05-10-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,240
Posted By MacCool
There's a certain amount of self-righteousness...

There's a certain amount of self-righteousness that tends to go along with being an expert in anything, especially on the internet. Seems to be as true of aviation forums as any other. This forum...
Forum: Reviews 05-09-2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,047
Posted By MacCool
For $10 I bought and downloaded the artwork from...

For $10 I bought and downloaded the artwork from Experimental Aero, (http://www.experimentalaero.com/products/Hangar-Banners/Hangar-Banners_Print_your_own.html) and then with their permission...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,163
Posted By MacCool
There's a tendency to view "Local" EAA chapters...

There's a tendency to view "Local" EAA chapters like every one is the pinnacle of everything Experimental. Likely that's true in some locales, but I've found that they come in all sizes,...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 05-08-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,709
Posted By MacCool
I had the Pfizer pair a couple of months ago....

I had the Pfizer pair a couple of months ago. First shot, no big deal. Second shot two weeks later, I had a fever and some body aches the following evening. I went to sleep...when I woke up I felt...
Forum: Safety 05-08-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,086
Posted By MacCool
Walt, are you saying that the aftermarket...

Walt, are you saying that the aftermarket "horizontal stab bracket mod" is fundamentally and conceptually bad, or that the one pictured was installed badly? I'm not a builder, and the SB 14-01-31...
Forum: Safety 05-08-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,315
Posted By MacCool
Maybe not relevant to the discussion, but Anti...

Maybe not relevant to the discussion, but Anti Splat makes both horizontal and vertical stabilizer braces. I don't know if they're necessary, but they're pretty cheap, light, and easy to install. I...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 05-07-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,709
Posted By MacCool
I don’t think that would be an issue. We’re...

I don’t think that would be an issue. We’re pretty rural here and Canadians are always welcome. They’re so polite.....:)
Forum: Steam Gauges 05-06-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MacCool
My certified Avionics shop seemed to view it as...

My certified Avionics shop seemed to view it as entirely legal and appropriate.
Forum: Steam Gauges 05-06-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MacCool
Why can’t you just placard the non-IFR altimeter?...

Why can’t you just placard the non-IFR altimeter? That’s what the local avionics shop did for me with my altimeter that didn’t meet IFR accuracy as they certified the results of the airplane for IFR.
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 613
Posted By MacCool
I had a CAV-110 sump drain on my left wing that...

I had a CAV-110 sump drain on my left wing that was dripping a little. Just this afternoon I pulled the sump drains on both wings and drained the tanks, then the gascolator...going to use the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-05-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 785
Posted By MacCool
I have dual PC680's in parallel. Any...

I have dual PC680's in parallel. Any charger/maintainer will likely be fine as long as it's compatible with AGM batteries. My airplane came with some generic float charger I'd never heard of. It bit...
Forum: Steam Gauges 05-05-2021, 05:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MacCool
I had mine certified IFR a few months ago. I have...

I had mine certified IFR a few months ago. I have an AFS EFIS, a G5, and a conventional gauge. They checked all three. The EFiS and G5 did fine, the round gauge didn’t make the cut and got placarded...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,354
Posted By MacCool
This is a good point. As is often the case with...

This is a good point. As is often the case with remote "less-than-urban" airports, cell reception might be problematic, and even more so inside a metal hangar. My hand-held VHF radio will barely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,905
Posted By MacCool
In general probably true, but I've noted that...

In general probably true, but I've noted that there is a wide variety of insurance price points for any given pilot in the same aircraft with the same coverage. When I shopped insurance, I found...
Forum: RV-10 05-03-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 792
Posted By MacCool
Seems to me that build order on any RV these days...

Seems to me that build order on any RV these days is going to be largely influenced by the parts availability and Van's impressive shipping delays/backorders. I would (did) check with Van's and get...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-02-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,656
Posted By MacCool
Steve Henry has been the guru in the Yamaha Apex...

Steve Henry has been the guru in the Yamaha Apex world, which Bryan Bowen (Project Kitfox) has just flown (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BibiTUv9DYA&t=2s), and documented on his YouTube channel. He...
Forum: Midwest 05-01-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By MacCool
Tom Berge.....

Tom Berge.....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-29-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,757
Posted By MacCool
Right. True for certificated airplanes, not for...

Right. True for certificated airplanes, not for Experimental airplanes. It's why, for example, you might see Jonas Marcinko land his Rotax-powered Kitfox on a back road and taxi up to a gas station...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-29-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,757
Posted By MacCool
https://www.lycoming.com/content/unleaded-fuels-pa...

https://www.lycoming.com/content/unleaded-fuels-part-1
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-29-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,757
Posted By MacCool
Can the engine run mogas? Here's Lycoming's list...

Can the engine run mogas? Here's Lycoming's list of approved fuels for their engine models. It assumes that the fuels are airworthy, and they specify that they don't believe that pump gas is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-28-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,652
Posted By MacCool
You mean, like, Mobil 1? And when you say...

You mean, like, Mobil 1? And when you say "successfully", do you mean "no serious engine damage " or "no catastrophic engine failure"?

I can't think of any reason I'd elect to use any oil in my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-28-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,421
Posted By MacCool
For me, G5 is only a backup...I mainly use the...

For me, G5 is only a backup...I mainly use the PFD and MMD for flight/navigation, but mounting that small display close to my center of view works great, as would be optimal with any HSI/artificial...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,615
Posted By MacCool
I’ve never flown into Oshkosh. Certainly sounds...

I’ve never flown into Oshkosh. Certainly sounds like an attractive prospect, even if it was possible to find a place to stay. :rolleyes:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,757
Posted By MacCool
As I understand Lycoming, it's not a matter of...

As I understand Lycoming, it's not a matter of octane or additives, it's about airworthiness. Both pump gas and mogas adhere to ASTM D4814, but pump gas is not airworthy, at least not consistently....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By MacCool
Hangar-neighbor uses Switcheon ...

Hangar-neighbor uses Switcheon (https://switcheon.com/)to activate a 30 amp relay...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-25-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 561
Posted By MacCool
RV Hangar Banner 48x80

sold............
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 875
Posted By MacCool
Yes, I was warned ;). I have a ring in the floor...

Yes, I was warned ;). I have a ring in the floor that I use to secure the tail down with a cam-lock tie-down strap for that purpose, although so far I've only used the things for main gear...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-25-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,036
Posted By MacCool
I have those on the wing tie-downs. I had one on...

I have those on the wing tie-downs. I had one on the the tail too, but I replaced it with an eyebolt so I could attach a GoPro mount. All three have/had a plastic spring-loaded aerodynamic fairing on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 875
Posted By MacCool
I made a couple of these, and used some...

I made a couple of these, and used some smoothed-off grade 8 carriage bolts in the wing tie-down mounts as jack points.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,243
Posted By MacCool
Minor correction...there are a number of things...

Minor correction...there are a number of things about lead exposure that are bad, but carcinogenicity in humans is pretty far from the top of the list. No mechanism for causing cancer has been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By MacCool
I went through this. I ended up talking to the...

I went through this. I ended up talking to the head Kam Lock guy at Crow. He advised compressed air, and strongly advised against taking one apart (shooting springs). I'm not particularly afraid of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,243
Posted By MacCool
I think this is a very interesting topic, and...

I think this is a very interesting topic, and like most GA aircraft owners, I'm intensely interested. I'd prefer to run no-lead gasoline in my airplane for multiple reasons, but the show-stoppers for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 05:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,984
Posted By MacCool
My guess would be that someone at that post...

My guess would be that someone at that post office thinks that used oil is hazardous waste, therefore can't be sent through the mail.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-22-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By MacCool
I just replaced my 10 year-old 4500, which...

I just replaced my 10 year-old 4500, which failed, with a new 5400 that I got from Advanced Flight. I did keep the 3500 that I was using for a moving map display. The process converted the whole...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-22-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,659
Posted By MacCool
That's pretty much where I'm at. If I can climb...

That's pretty much where I'm at. If I can climb at 2000 fps and cruise at 150+ knots at 7.5 GPH (potentially outflying my bladder) and not doing aerobatics....

If aerobatics had been important to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,843
Posted By MacCool
These appear to be increasingly popular in some...

These appear to be increasingly popular in some segments of the pilot community....:)


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Forum: RV-4 04-20-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,212
Posted By MacCool
I have two PC680's in my RV-9A, one as primary...

I have two PC680's in my RV-9A, one as primary and the other as an avionics backup. They're outstanding batteries, reliable and durable. Before I bought the plane, they were routinely charged on a 2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,905
Posted By MacCool
My policy includes a Waiver of Subrogation. I got...

My policy includes a Waiver of Subrogation. I got that to cover my buddy, who was the CFI doing my transition training and is named on the policy.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By MacCool
Yep. The smooth/polished grade 8 bolt in the wing...

Yep. The smooth/polished grade 8 bolt in the wing tie-down against the ram with poly insert captured by the steel tube provides the necessary freedom of angulation. For a tricycle gear, anyway.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-20-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,281
Posted By MacCool
The only issue I have had with the adapters is...

The only issue I have had with the adapters is changing plugs....sometimes the adapters stay in the engine and sometimes they come out with the plug. Despite using some anti-seize. My A&P advised...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-19-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By MacCool
Mine are similar, minus the craftsmanship. I got...

Mine are similar, minus the craftsmanship. I got this design from an older EAA blog I found online. These jacks worked very well for my AP/IA at my last condition inspection. Rather than the elegant...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-19-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,281
Posted By MacCool
They did on my IO-320

They did on my IO-320
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,905
Posted By MacCool
I'm insured with AIG and I am a little...

I'm insured with AIG and I am a little apprehensive about the age thing too, but it is my understanding that in the RV world, high performance, tail wheel, aerobatics, and multiple-passenger are...
Forum: Reviews 04-19-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,283
Posted By MacCool
Crow harnesses were installed on my RV by the...

Crow harnesses were installed on my RV by the original builder 10 years ago. The Kam Locks now don't really work that well...hard to insert the individual tabs, and one has to give a really good tug...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By MacCool
Thanks Scott. I appreciate the help.

Thanks Scott. I appreciate the help.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By MacCool
OK....got it. I think.

OK....got it. I think.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By MacCool
My plane has an Anti Splat nose mod. When I...

My plane has an Anti Splat nose mod. When I bought it home, the nose wheel tire pressure was set at 50 psi by previous owner. I did notice some shimmy, but it went away when I re-set the nose tire...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By MacCool
What is the correct breakout force, and how do...

What is the correct breakout force, and how do your measure it? Are talking just measuring torque on the castle nut? Does that apply if you have the Anti-Splat Aero bearing mod?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By MacCool
In my experience so far....lower tire pressure...

In my experience so far....lower tire pressure and equal main gear pressures. Stick in your belly.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-15-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,993
Posted By MacCool
Just an observation as a long-time...

Just an observation as a long-time consumer....best way for a company to deal with supply chain delays and other issues beyond their control it to up their communication with their customers. People...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-14-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 661
Posted By MacCool
Juan Brown reviewed a Corsair restoration, where...

Juan Brown reviewed a Corsair restoration, where exploding rivets were used extensively in the original build. Very interesting. I can only imagine the OSHA implications in a factory setting.

Here's...
Forum: International 04-13-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,975
Posted By MacCool
Wow! That amount of money represents a serious...

Wow! That amount of money represents a serious commitment to aviation! I admire your passion. Looks like you're paying more to fly than I pay for health care insurance. ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-13-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,428
Posted By MacCool
Interesting point...hidden corrosion like that is...

Interesting point...hidden corrosion like that is one of my Great Fears. Is crankshaft failure at that thrust surface a common cause of catastrophic engine failure?
Forum: Propellers 04-11-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 844
Posted By MacCool
I nicked the trailing edge of my composite MT...

I nicked the trailing edge of my composite MT propeller re-installing the cowl the other day...wouldn’t have happened to a metal prop. On the positive side, I was able to repair it with some epoxy,...
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