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Forum: Reviews Yesterday, 11:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 519
Posted By MacCool
In my -9A, it has no effect on foot position nor...

In my -9A, it has no effect on foot position nor does it decrease leg room. My plane is fuel injected, but the fuel pump is under the cowl on the firewall, so nothing in the tunnel. I didn't...
Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 06:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,068
Posted By MacCool
Just buy a flying RV-10. It might be hard to find...

Just buy a flying RV-10. It might be hard to find one, but it will be easier than finding someone who's willing to sell one that's 2-4 weeks from completion.

Anyway, as mentioned, if...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-01-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,438
Posted By MacCool
Especially for an overseas transaction, in the...

Especially for an overseas transaction, in the absence of some kind of third party broker, I'd require a direct wire transfer to my bank account and send the item only after the bank confirms that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-01-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 674
Posted By MacCool
If it was just an iPhone, that would work fine...

If it was just an iPhone, that would work fine for me, but the main thing I plug into these chargers is iPad Pros which use USB-C charging cables and ports. Standard USB can't take advantage of Power...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-01-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 674
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, me too. I have two cigarette lighter ports...

Yeah, me too. I have two cigarette lighter ports and leave Ankers in them. One is on the panel and the other is on the aft pedestal. Both of them have a USB-C (with PD and 30 watts) for my iPads and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 902
Posted By MacCool
That's clear enough for me to not worry about...

That's clear enough for me to not worry about labeling of my throttle, prop, and mixture controls.
Forum: RV-10 11-29-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,408
Posted By MacCool
I've flown both extensively and never ended up...

I've flown both extensively and never ended up with a distinct preference. I do like the vernier capability that push-pull gives me for prop and mixture.
Forum: GPS 11-28-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
Test flew the IFD440 this afternoon for a couple...

Test flew the IFD440 this afternoon for a couple hours on a little cross country. With the exception of an ADS-B IN problem ("ghost ship"), it performed really well and played nice with my Advanced...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,980
Posted By MacCool
My GNS430W was working fine, but I was looking...

My GNS430W was working fine, but I was looking for a technology upgrade. This weekend I pulled the 430W and slid in the IFD440. As advertised, the "installation" took about 20 minutes, including the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2021, 09:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,391
Posted By MacCool
I don't know about the mugs. They're cool, and...

I don't know about the mugs. They're cool, and reflect Hangar Banners' attention to quality, but ceramic mugs don't work for me. I need insulated stainless steel...16 - 20 oz of coffee that will stay...
Forum: GPS 11-26-2021, 03:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
Yeh, the 430 was a great piece of work and...

Yeh, the 430 was a great piece of work and revolutionary when it was put on the market 25 years ago, but it always suffered from GID (Garmin Interface Disease) and that's much more noticeable in the...
Forum: GPS 11-26-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
One minor irritation I encountered with this...

One minor irritation I encountered with this IFD440 is that it wasn't shipped with Bluetooth or WiFi activated, so I'm unable to turn either one on in user settings. Oddly, it did come with the...
Forum: GPS 11-26-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
Thank you Neil, that's extremely helpful. I do...

Thank you Neil, that's extremely helpful. I do only have one radio and standby audio would be very convenient.
Forum: GPS 11-25-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
Hmm..interesting. I haven't flown the thing yet,...

Hmm..interesting. I haven't flown the thing yet, but firing it up on the ground after pulling it out of the hangar resulted in rapid satellite acquisition and entering a flight plan showed the usual...
Forum: GPS 11-25-2021, 12:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, they are known to run hot, so I read. I...

Yeah, they are known to run hot, so I read. I note that the guy who built my airplane apparently decided to cool the avionics stack with the GNS430W using air directed from the main cabin air vent....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By MacCool
Ah. Now I get...

Ah. Now I get it.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/oring010.php?clickkey=98505
Forum: GPS 11-24-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
The install was pretty straightforward as ya'll...

The install was pretty straightforward as ya'll suggested. It took about 20 minutes including the configuration. The settings weren't exactly the same as the 430, but pretty close. Comms work great,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By MacCool
What's your technique for changing those little...

What's your technique for changing those little buggers? Mine tends to result in a fair amount of fuel down my arm and on the ground. Last time I ran the tank as low as I could, then just pulled the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By MacCool
I had a bad O-ring on a (CAV-110) spring-loaded...

I had a bad O-ring on a (CAV-110) spring-loaded drain valve on one wing tank, but knew it because of the blue fuel staining on the hangar floor beneath it. I replaced it (and the other two as well)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,263
Posted By MacCool
I live in Minnesota, plane lives in an unheated...

I live in Minnesota, plane lives in an unheated T-hangarÖthe winters do tend toward the cold side. I canít heat the uninsulated hangarÖif I do, the snow on the roof melts, drips down, and freezes the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,194
Posted By MacCool
Free. My buddy and colleague of 20 years is an...

Free. My buddy and colleague of 20 years is an AME.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-23-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,060
Posted By MacCool
My understanding too....every time I turn...

My understanding too....every time I turn base-to-final I hear my CFI's mantra..."SLIP, NOT SKID". One of the things that was drilled into my 17 year-old brain and stayed there over all these years.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-23-2021, 03:16 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,060
Posted By MacCool
I don't get that. I have agree with Bob.

I don't get that. I have agree with Bob.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-22-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,060
Posted By MacCool
If I had to put a name to it...I distinguish...

If I had to put a name to it...I distinguish "side slip" from "forward slip" based on why I'm slipping and where my nose is pointed. If I'm just trying to lose altitude, I don't care as long as the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-22-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 16,778
Posted By MacCool
I have two PC680's in parallel on my plane....

I have two PC680's in parallel on my plane. They've been perfectly reliable for 2.5 years, but maybe not an example of a stressful life since I keep them on an Odyssey conditioning float charger...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-21-2021, 11:46 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,060
Posted By MacCool
No problem with slips here although I can see how...

No problem with slips here although I can see how a slip would be more pronounced with a more conventional wing. Forward slips are more effective with flaps in my experience, but either way that big...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,362
Posted By MacCool
I don't have a list, but I always tell them to...

I don't have a list, but I always tell them to please keep their hands and feet off the controls, how to unlatch the canopy, and show them that there's a sick-sack by their right knee. I guess I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-21-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,152
Posted By MacCool
:D heh heh. I admire that you have friends that...

:D heh heh. I admire that you have friends that are that close. Me...I don't have anyone that is such a good friend that I'd sell that airplane for that price. Including relatives :) .
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-21-2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,152
Posted By MacCool
Well, likely true but I was thinking selling it...

Well, likely true but I was thinking selling it to a good friend. If I was going to advertise my airplane to sell, I think I'd list it a lot closer to the $130k mark.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-20-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,152
Posted By MacCool
Sounds like a very nice plane. Based on my own...

Sounds like a very nice plane. Based on my own RV-9A, which is a little newer, fewer hours, and very similarly equipped (major difference being the C/S prop), and which I bought 15 months ago before...
Forum: GPS 11-19-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
Thanks Flight. I think that's exactly what he was...

Thanks Flight. I think that's exactly what he was talking about.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-19-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By MacCool
Thumbs up That's it...thanks!

That's it...thanks!
Forum: GPS 11-19-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
My buddy, who is pretty smart about avionics,...

My buddy, who is pretty smart about avionics, mentioned that one problem I might have is having to do a little re-pinning to get the IFD440 connected properly to my GMA340 audio panel. Anyone have...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-19-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By MacCool
refinishing wheel pants - protective grommets?

My 11 year old wheel pants (RV-9A) are a little rough with scuffs, scratches, stress cracks, and a scraped area from a flat-tire landing. Over the winter, and while I have them off for condition...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 02:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 931
Posted By MacCool
Yes. My 10 year old Advanced Flight 4500 EFIS had...

Yes. My 10 year old Advanced Flight 4500 EFIS had it built into the display, as does the Advanced Flight 5400 EFIS that I recently replaced the original with. I think that most modern EFIS's have AOA...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-18-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By MacCool
I just enter all those dates into my iPhone...

I just enter all those dates into my iPhone calendar. That way I am actively notified on all devices and computers, and I can choose as much advance warning as I want and not have to access one more...
Forum: GPS 11-17-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
Thumbs up Good tips, thanks

Good tips, thanks
Forum: GPS 11-17-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,411
Posted By MacCool
Well, I did pull the trigger on an IFD440 the...

Well, I did pull the trigger on an IFD440 the other day, and just in the nick of time apparently, according to Stein. The "supply chain" almost bit me in the ***, twice, and hard. A couple of weeks...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-15-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,478
Posted By MacCool
$10/mo for each puts my three different iPads on...

$10/mo for each puts my three different iPads on my AT&T family cellular and data plan, which is unlimited. $10/mo to Verizon also put my Apple watch (which also has its own GPS) on a similar plan....
Forum: Safety 11-15-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,529
Posted By MacCool
I agree that I've heard all manner of radio...

I agree that I've heard all manner of radio technique over the years, but if I have concerns about a traffic conflict due to a "less-than-illuminating" radio call, I've never been shy about simply...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-14-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,478
Posted By MacCool
Itís probably worth noting that an iPad Mini +...

Itís probably worth noting that an iPad Mini + Bad Elf Pro totals the same cost as the iPad Mini with cellular/GPS built in.

Personally, for $10/month I find cellular capability on my iPads to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,305
Posted By MacCool
Or skateboards. Look at how those have come to...

Or skateboards. Look at how those have come to end up on that same shelf over the last 50 years.

;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,305
Posted By MacCool
I have a Segway Ninebot scooter I got off Amazon...

I have a Segway Ninebot scooter I got off Amazon that I mostly use to get around my local airport (long way from my hangar to the bathroom) and it's really great for that. It's fast, (relatively)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,232
Posted By MacCool
I have a couple of AFS EFIS’s and an annual SA...

I have a couple of AFS EFIS’s and an annual SA subscription. I’m a committed Mac user and it’s rare these days that I have any tasks that require Windows. Seattle Avionics is a notable exception and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-08-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,508
Posted By MacCool
I think that for most of the country it's not the...

I think that for most of the country it's not the ambient humidity that causes corrosion, it's the it's the condensation from normal temp swings where the temp crosses the dew point.

This...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-07-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,508
Posted By MacCool
Oh, I'm a believer, especially at the negligible...

Oh, I'm a believer, especially at the negligible cost of making one of these things. My RV-9A is hooked up 24/7, and has been since I bought the plane, pumping air at 11-14% RH (was 11% this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-07-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By MacCool
You might try a PM to Doug Weiler....

You might try a PM to Doug Weiler. https://vansairforce.net/community/member.php?u=1669
. He’s the president of the Twin Cities RV Builders Group, a very active RV group with several members from MN...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,337
Posted By MacCool
RV-9A 1240 lbs (not fat, just big-boned) IO320...

RV-9A
1240 lbs (not fat, just big-boned)

IO320 C/S 2-blade MT
Odyssey 650 x2
lots of paint (3 coats)
lots of leather and stuff (interior)
lots of stuff in the panel
Forum: GPS 11-04-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 735
Posted By MacCool
I found that the quality of the pin removal and...

I found that the quality of the pin removal and inserter tools was probably as important as the crimper. The plastic ones that everybody throws into the box when they pack your crimper order are not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-04-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,573
Posted By MacCool
So...an EAB airplane doesn't have to be...

So...an EAB airplane doesn't have to be "certified" as IFR-capable but the required IFR instrumentation in it does?
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-04-2021, 06:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,767
Posted By MacCool
Me too! I do have a lot of tools in my hangar but...

Me too! I do have a lot of tools in my hangar but they are mostly used for removing inspection panels, flooring etc for my A&P. Doing that, I've saved more than enough money to pay for the tools. My...
Forum: GPS 11-03-2021, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 735
Posted By MacCool
I like fancy tools as much as the next guy, but...

I like fancy tools as much as the next guy, but it's hard for me to imagine that you'd find a $400 crimper to be necessary for your panel project. Look at this one...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-02-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Posted By MacCool
Only place I know of is Advanced Flight. The...

Only place I know of is Advanced Flight. The battery is glued on the back of the battery door with some silicone. It's a simple replacement other than that. I replaced mine on my 4500s about a year...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 17,282
Posted By MacCool
Avemco! They were ridiculous. Their quote wasn't...

Avemco! They were ridiculous. Their quote wasn't even in the same galaxy at AIG or Global. Find a broker.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,914
Posted By MacCool
The electronics I plug in to the plane are all...

The electronics I plug in to the plane are all modern devices (iPhone and iPad Pros) that can use Power Delivery 3.0 protocols for much faster charging and is what I've been using for over a year....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,056
Posted By MacCool
Around here, unused gasoline has to be disposed...

Around here, unused gasoline has to be disposed of at a hazardous waste facility. Our local sanitary landfill has a "hazardous waste disposal" day twice a month in the summer/fall, closed in winter....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,213
Posted By MacCool
It sure made sense for me, after 50 years flying...

It sure made sense for me, after 50 years flying certified aircraft...I'll never go back. I admire those here that build these things from scratch, but airplane kit building is definitely not for me....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-27-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,605
Posted By MacCool
As I said, thereís no good data to demonstrate...

As I said, thereís no good data to demonstrate that using a dehydrator will make a difference in getting an engine to TBO. It seems reasonable to draw that conclusion, but inductive reasoning is all...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-26-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,605
Posted By MacCool
Interesting...best data I've seen, thanks. It...

Interesting...best data I've seen, thanks. It concludes what I would hope/expect.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-26-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,605
Posted By MacCool
I built a dehydrator. I use it religiously...

I built a dehydrator. I use it religiously despite the fact that there's no objective evidence that it has a positive effect on preventing corrosion. However, my rationale is that if...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2021, 06:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,105
Posted By MacCool
I like the heat-shrink...

I like the heat-shrink labels

https://www.galvinpower.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/best-heat-shrink-labels.jpg
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-25-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By MacCool
Thanks, that's what I did. I just need something...

Thanks, that's what I did. I just need something simple. I have a harness and plug under the dipstick door for the Odyssey charger to keep the 650's topped up. I'll just make up a harness with the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By MacCool
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Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By MacCool
For avionics testing, I was originally leaving...

For avionics testing, I was originally leaving the cheap 2-4 amp float charger, that the airplane's previous owner had used, plugged into the parallel Odyssey batteries. This worked fine for him and...
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