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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,744
Posted By MacCool
My iPad Pro likes PD via a USB-C connector. I use...

My iPad Pro likes PD via a USB-C connector. I use s couple of these from Amazon...they work fine.
Forum: The RV Grin Yesterday, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 920
Posted By MacCool
My wife is "uncomfortable" in my RV-9A. Puzzling...

My wife is "uncomfortable" in my RV-9A. Puzzling to me as she was a helicopter Flight Nurse for more than a decade and loves helicopters of all shapes and sizes.
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 259
Posted By MacCool
I don't think that modern avionics are at risk...

I don't think that modern avionics are at risk for those kind of voltage drops on startup anymore. I have an avionics master switch, but it's generally on during engine start...and in two years, no...
Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 07:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By MacCool
The next most important step IMHO is to figure...

The next most important step IMHO is to figure out what your mission is going to be in 2+ years. Doing a panel is hard....RE-doing a panel is even harder. If it was me, I would certainly be looking...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2022, 08:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,716
Posted By MacCool
Great question. I don’t know the answer… I would...

Great question. I don’t know the answer… I would have to review Mike Busch’ opinions at Savvy to understand why he likes it so much. From my standpoint, I haven’t seen any bona-fide engineering test...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2022, 03:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,716
Posted By MacCool
Oil additives and hucksterism go together like...

Oil additives and hucksterism go together like peas and carrots
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2022, 12:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,716
Posted By MacCool
This can be said of almost every single gasoline...

This can be said of almost every single gasoline or oil additive of the last 60 years, when Andy Granatelli was able to convince the public that STP was magic.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-26-2022, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By MacCool
If it was me, I’d start by load testing the...

If it was me, I’d start by load testing the battery which might give info regarding a bad cell and at least give an idea of overall battery health. Then I’d get out the multimeter and check for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 30,198
Posted By MacCool
On my IO-320 with the usual engine-driven pump...

On my IO-320 with the usual engine-driven pump and a Weldon boost pump located on the firewall, and using exclusively 100LL, I don’t ever get actual vapor lock (fuel injected) but when hot and on...
Forum: GPS 09-24-2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,134
Posted By MacCool
Quite a list of improvements…seems like a pretty...

Quite a list of improvements…seems like a pretty ambitious upgrade. As Dan noted, there are a few bugs that Avidyne appears to be trying to sort out. I’m grounded for a few more weeks (can’t even sit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 30,198
Posted By MacCool
Locally, I have no Lycoming-approved alternative...

Locally, I have no Lycoming-approved alternative fuel options other than 100LL. These days, the FBO at the regional airport where I keep my plane gets $6.88/gal for 100LL. I buy it from them in a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-23-2022, 07:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By MacCool
When you head out to your airport's compass rose,...

When you head out to your airport's compass rose, do the calibration with the canopy closed and ma8ybe with the engine running. Ask me how I know....
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-23-2022, 06:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By MacCool
I installed my SV-ADAHRS200 behind the baggage...

I installed my SV-ADAHRS200 behind the baggage bulkhead in the recommended OP-6 bracket. Works great, but during calibration of the magnetometer, I learned how much an open vs closed canopy affects...
Forum: GPS 09-23-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,134
Posted By MacCool
Avidyne software update to 10.3.0.2 appears to be...

Avidyne software update to 10.3.0.2 appears to be available for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,250
Posted By MacCool
Young Eagles is a great program, I’m told. Years...

Young Eagles is a great program, I’m told. Years ago, I was a mission pilot for the CAP for several years and cadet orientation flights were a regular thing. I’ve flown dozens of those and they were...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-22-2022, 03:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,716
Posted By MacCool
PT Barnum says “YES”, absolutely…buy it. And buy...

PT Barnum says “YES”, absolutely…buy it. And buy every other engine additive you see as long as it’s advertised on any NASCAR car or Reno race plane.:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,290
Posted By MacCool
That’s a key question. I love tinkering in the...

That’s a key question. I love tinkering in the garage…cars, boats, tractors, motorcycles…was a factory-trained MOPAR mechanic when I was a kid. I’ve also been a pilot for over 50 years. I decided to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,593
Posted By MacCool
Yes, yes…I’m aware. I should have been more...

Yes, yes…I’m aware. I should have been more clear. Those quotes were mostly from the companies that Leah contacted on my behalf. The $8000 (or thereabouts) quote was one that I obtained directly from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2022, 07:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,593
Posted By MacCool
I just renewed my $95,000 policy on my RV-9A (I’m...

I just renewed my $95,000 policy on my RV-9A (I’m likely under-insured in this market). Global Insurance, brokered by Leah Ringeisen at Gallagher. I have more hours than you and I’m likely quite a...
Forum: Reviews 09-19-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,372
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, I don’t think the grip plays in a role in...

Yeah, I don’t think the grip plays in a role in setting the thing up. I put mine on the stick right below the grip then push the pin in to secure it.
Forum: Reviews 09-18-2022, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,372
Posted By MacCool
I've noted the same issue and found that although...

I've noted the same issue and found that although it does allow side-to-side stick movement, it would take a LOT of force to be able to hit the stops. I do confess however that last time I parked the...
Forum: Propellers 09-18-2022, 08:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, any kind of epoxy would be fine. In my case...

Yeah, any kind of epoxy would be fine. In my case just I picked up some Devcon epoxy from my neighborhood hardware store and while there I just asked them for a bit of black pigment from their paint...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-17-2022, 08:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,623
Posted By MacCool
I use two PC-680s in parallel that I can use for...

I use two PC-680s in parallel that I can use for starting if I need it for that but I’ve never had any cranking issues. I will usually start with both batteries on but take #2 offline after engine...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-17-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By MacCool
I've been getting the same kind of fuel pressure...

I've been getting the same kind of fuel pressure fluctuations on my IO-320 since it got warm this summer, along with mildly problematic hot starts. I notice it on taxiing, mostly taxiing in after...
Forum: Propellers 09-16-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By MacCool
Watch this video for a good overview from a...

Watch this video for a good overview from a couple of YouTube stars…:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvfB9HBkqc
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-16-2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By MacCool
My most recent annual about 6 months ago was...

My most recent annual about 6 months ago was $760. That included installing an Anti-Splat oil cooler shutter. I did take the time to remove the seats/carpeting and the forward cockpit floor as well...
Forum: Propellers 09-16-2022, 12:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By MacCool
I had a nick quite a bit larger than that on the...

I had a nick quite a bit larger than that on the trailing edge of my MT composite prop. I repaired it with a little epoxy that I mixed with some black paint pigment. Formed it up with a little peel...
Forum: RV-14 09-16-2022, 07:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,392
Posted By MacCool
Somewhere around here, I remember reading...

Somewhere around here, I remember reading relative sales figures for Van’s side-by-sides and noted (unsurprisingly IMHO) that sales of tricycle-gear “A” models were substantially higher than the tail...
Forum: GPS 09-13-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,050
Posted By MacCool
With the usual relay protection diodes in place,...

With the usual relay protection diodes in place, there should be no problem starting the engine with the (modern) avionics turned on, and this is in fact recommended at least in the manual for my AFS...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2022, 12:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,173
Posted By MacCool
I did install a G5 as a dissimilar back up.

I did install a G5 as a dissimilar back up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,934
Posted By MacCool
All true. I’ve been a pilot for a long, long time...

All true. I’ve been a pilot for a long, long time but never considered Experimental aviation until prompted to take a hard look at it by a friend a few years ago while looking for a new, more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,934
Posted By MacCool
I agree with all of that but "easier than ever to...

I agree with all of that but "easier than ever to be a "trailblazer"" isn't the same thing as "easy to be a "trailblazer"". We all have different expectations for our aviation hobby. Some get their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,934
Posted By MacCool
It can be done, but at least for me and many...

It can be done, but at least for me and many others there's no infrastructure to support it unless I want to lug several five-gallon cans and do my own fueling. I have zero interest in that level of...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-08-2022, 05:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Posted By MacCool
Depending on where in "Northern Wisconsin", Tom...

Depending on where in "Northern Wisconsin", Tom Berge in the Twin Cities might be able to help you out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2022, 07:24 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,934
Posted By MacCool
Low-quantity product, like avgas, can be...

Low-quantity product, like avgas, can be problematic in pipelines because of the time and cost required for product switchover, and the volume of product wasted at that switchover. If we had more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2022, 01:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 751
Posted By MacCool
Mine does too, but it’s highly dependent on where...

Mine does too, but it’s highly dependent on where i’m flying. In this part of the country, ADS-B ground stations can get a little sparse and that seems to make all the difference. In the northern...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,934
Posted By MacCool
I suspect that the overt hostility for TEL that...

I suspect that the overt hostility for TEL that you see in California is not universally mirrored around the country. No doubt there are indeed pockets of hostility, but I don’t see any thing like...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-06-2022, 09:03 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,765
Posted By MacCool
actually, you’re right…one wouldn’t have to enter...

actually, you’re right…one wouldn’t have to enter their actual tail number. For what it’s worth however, even out here in the hinterlands, many or most of these self-service fuel stations in these...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-06-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,765
Posted By MacCool
In this part of the country, rural Minnesota,...

In this part of the country, rural Minnesota, Aviation fuel self service pumps for the most part do not support that technology. However, I have run into a few that require, as part of the purchase...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-06-2022, 11:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,271
Posted By MacCool
A surprise flat front tire on landing is no joke....

A surprise flat front tire on landing is no joke. I'd replace it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,412
Posted By MacCool
As as true of most pilots, gravity is not your...

As as true of most pilots, gravity is not your friend
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2022, 08:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,412
Posted By MacCool
More importantly....you also have to get down off...

More importantly....you also have to get down off the wing....

Seriously though...sounds like you're making great progress.
Forum: Fiberglass 09-05-2022, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,089
Posted By MacCool
I agree, I found my Milwaukee oscillating tool to...

I agree, I found my Milwaukee oscillating tool to be absolutely invaluable in redoing my wheel pants recently.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,765
Posted By MacCool
Will we all have to get our gas caps re-engraved...

Will we all have to get our gas caps re-engraved or tanks re-placarded?
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-05-2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,424
Posted By MacCool
I like the wingtip mount for it's view.with a 360...

I like the wingtip mount for it's view.with a 360 degree camera. I'm currently working on adding a second Flight Flix mount and adding a pole to get more dramatic editing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-05-2022, 10:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,424
Posted By MacCool
i use that same mount, securing it to the screws...

i use that same mount, securing it to the screws that hold on the wing tip, alternately on the top or on the underside of the airfoil. I use it pretty much exclusively for an Insta One 360camera.It...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,062
Posted By MacCool
Very illuminating. Thank you for posting...

Very illuminating. Thank you for posting this.



Agree completely.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2022, 08:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By MacCool
OP should check in with Headwaters EAA chapter in...

OP should check in with Headwaters EAA chapter in Three Forks, about 100 miles west of him....see if they have anything to make the drive worthwhile. Maybe they have some RV's flying with them. It's...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,062
Posted By MacCool
in the old days, drain intervals were about...

in the old days, drain intervals were about detergent content/quality and about shear stability particularly in multi-viscosity oils. Modern catalytic refining and now synthetic oils have a made...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-03-2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,359
Posted By MacCool
Over the years, I’ve owned three different...

Over the years, I’ve owned three different vBulletin licenses have have had three forums - two specialty-oriented and one general public. I appreciate hearing your opinion, have heard it before, but...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-03-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,799
Posted By MacCool
Since OP is not a builder and has no insurance,...

Since OP is not a builder and has no insurance, this is sadly an option that maybe should be strongly considered. If it was me in this circumstance, I’d pay whatever it takes to get an RV expert like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2022, 10:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By MacCool
I agree with the value of a C/S prop. For me, I...

I agree with the value of a C/S prop. For me, I most appreciate how much easier it is to manage airspeed coming into the pattern. I don’t have to start descent and airspeed management nearly so far...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
Posted By MacCool
Builder of my airplane used Flightline Interiors...

Builder of my airplane used Flightline Interiors with leather seats 12 years ago. When I got the plane, the interior was still great (needed new seat foam) but I didn’t care for the style of the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2022, 08:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,799
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, insurance company would be my very first...

Yeah, insurance company would be my very first call. They should have people ready to immediately start solving the problem for their insured.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-02-2022, 07:10 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,765
Posted By MacCool
I kind of hate to pay for an STC that I don’t...

I kind of hate to pay for an STC that I don’t need. I hope that it’s not free.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By MacCool
I was exactly there two years ago. After decades...

I was exactly there two years ago. After decades in certified airplanes, I decided I wanted something that had better performance, newer, more fun, and more cost efficient. Knew nothing about...
Forum: RV-3 09-01-2022, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By MacCool
I have a Smoke System Helper in my -9A with the...

I have a Smoke System Helper in my -9A with the AA14 mod. Their wedge tanks fits perfectly, no problems. With the AA14, you'd have room for the larger tank...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-30-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,359
Posted By MacCool
Many of the posters on this forum are very, very...

Many of the posters on this forum are very, very new at airplane building/maintenance and new to this forum. The search that some think is so “simple” for them is impaired for the newbie by the “you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,412
Posted By MacCool
Advances in joint replacement surgery over the...

Advances in joint replacement surgery over the last 3-5 years…hip, knee, shoulder, elbow…have been truly astonishing. For the most part, postoperative pain, patient recovery, and joint longevity...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-26-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,613
Posted By MacCool
The original builder of my airplane put the IfR...

The original builder of my airplane put the IfR GPS antenna here under the cowl and it’s worked fine for 500 hours, first on his 430W and now on my IFD440. I’m sure it’s hot under there but so far-so...
Forum: RV-10 08-26-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 869
Posted By MacCool
Those jacks from Winter Motor Sports...

Those jacks from Winter Motor Sports (http://www.wintermotorsports.com) or Flyboy Accessories (https://flyboyaccessories.com/product-category/best-sellers/rv-jack-points) do require a (cheap) scissor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 07:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,412
Posted By MacCool
State of the art these days is anterior approach...

State of the art these days is anterior approach hip replacement. Less soft tissue damage, substantially quicker recovery at the possible cost of some longevity. It would be a different experience...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 04:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,412
Posted By MacCool
That thing is a great addition under any...

That thing is a great addition under any circumstances and I highly recommend it for anyone old enough to need hip surgery, even if they don’t need hip surgery. As great as that bar is though, I’m...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 03:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,412
Posted By MacCool
Best of luck to you. I’m confident that once...

Best of luck to you. I’m confident that once you’re healed up from this operation, you’ll be in substantially less pain than you were before the operation.

You will likely be out of the airplane for...
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