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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 10:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,555
Posted By MacCool
Well...those issues notwithstanding, I can...

Well...those issues notwithstanding, I can imagine the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment felt by those who are committed enough to build one of these things, and build them well. It's not for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit Today, 09:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,834
Posted By MacCool
My guess is that Draker's observation in post #14...

My guess is that Draker's observation in post #14 (https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1649993&postcount=14) relates somehow to the lack of a similar offer at this time in areas outside...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,555
Posted By MacCool
First thing for the OP to do IMHO would be to...

First thing for the OP to do IMHO would be to seriously evaluate his commitment to building. I did, and I don’t have it. My observation from friends who’ve built and from reading posts here on VAF...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2022, 10:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,335
Posted By MacCool
I have a heated vest that fits well under any...

I have a heated vest that fits well under any coat or jacket and I must say thatís an idea worth considering. I havenít had the need to fly with it yet (those days are coming, Iím sure), but I do...
Forum: Autopilots 12-01-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 935
Posted By MacCool
Thank you. Having kind of a “legacy” autopilot...

Thank you. Having kind of a “legacy” autopilot that, for me, works great and does everything I want it to…I appreciate your presence here and ready willingness to share. I’d buy both you AND Roy a...
Forum: Autopilots 12-01-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 935
Posted By MacCool
My AFS TruTrak Digiflight works very, very...

My AFS TruTrak Digiflight works very, very well…precise and reliable…but I have to turn the AP master on after start-up and best not move the airplane until the AP tells me it’s got...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2022, 08:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,335
Posted By MacCool
I have separate controls…cabin air and temp. My...

I have separate controls…cabin air and temp. My -9A cabin heat depends on some balance between the cabin air flow control and the cabin heat control. Best heat for me on a cold Minnesota day is black...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-30-2022, 09:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By MacCool
I assumed that running anything next to the...

I assumed that running anything next to the pushrod was a bad idea and my A&P confirmed.

I just riveted the bracket in as illustrated in the instructions, did not do any leveling (didn't even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 01:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,187
Posted By MacCool
Medical oxygen tanks are purged before refill...

Medical oxygen tanks are purged before refill because of the theoretical possibility that ambient contaminants in the air may have gotten into the tank while it was sitting around empty. Nothing to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-27-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,385
Posted By MacCool
Those updates appear to be pretty few and far...

Those updates appear to be pretty few and far between. I think that the most recent terrain basemap updates for Advanced Flight or Dynon EFiS systems was 2014. Likewise Garmin.

Foreflight provides...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-26-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,385
Posted By MacCool
I assume the Garmin has one-time updates for Nav...

I assume the Garmin has one-time updates for Nav and obstacle data, but I never updated the database in my 430W in the short time I owned it so I don’t know. I did get a 60 day Jeppesen subscription...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Posted By MacCool
Thanks. I’ve been planning to use James Dabney’s...

Thanks. I’ve been planning to use James Dabney’s method as published in Kitplanes. He likewise has an Excel spreadsheet that will give the airspeed calibration error. I can cut/paste directly from my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-25-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Posted By MacCool
Thanks Bob, I appreciate the excellent advice but...

Thanks Bob, I appreciate the excellent advice but I'm going to fly the calibration course anyway. Seems like as good a reason as any to go flying.

As for the leak that my local avionics guy...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-25-2022, 10:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Posted By MacCool
Thank you both. The static system ports are the...

Thank you both. The static system ports are the ones the original builder put in 10 years ago and the plane had subsequently passed at least a few IFR checks since then in its 400 tach-hours. After...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,445
Posted By MacCool
Iíve found Switcheonís customer service to be...

Iíve found Switcheonís customer service to be impeccable.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-25-2022, 09:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By MacCool
An O-ring that looks good still might function...

An O-ring that looks good still might function poorly. I think that replacing the two O-rings empirically is a good idea (I’m assuming you have the usual Usher...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-25-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Posted By MacCool
Airspeed indicator calibration

I am suspicious of an error in my pitot system leading to incorrect airspeed indication. It does affect my G5, my EFiS, and my round gauge (all read the same).

I am taking the plane down to my...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,642
Posted By MacCool
I think itís great stuff too. I havenít had a...

I think itís great stuff too. I havenít had a single catastrophic engine failure since I started using it. :rolleyes:.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-25-2022, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By MacCool
Pretty easy fixÖreplace both O rings, lubricate...

Pretty easy fixÖreplace both O rings, lubricate them well with a silicone grease like Krytox or Superlube, and adjust the tension when reassembling.

I do carry a spare cap because a missing gas cap...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2022, 03:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,187
Posted By MacCool
There really isn't, 40% oxygen is about the max...

There really isn't, 40% oxygen is about the max that any responsible dive shop will mix for you for recreational diving, and they're the shops that are likely to have O2 cylinders for filling. Most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2022, 12:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,187
Posted By MacCool
Medical oxygen, aviation oxygen, and welding...

Medical oxygen, aviation oxygen, and welding oxygen are all the same stuff these days. Only difference is that medical oxygen cylinders are filled (supposedly) only after completely emptying them,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,187
Posted By MacCool
Seems a bit of an extreme assumption on his...

Seems a bit of an extreme assumption on his part...doctors write off-label prescriptions routinely. It's hard to imagine how his license would be in jeopardy. If he's that concerned, a 10-minute...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,445
Posted By MacCool
Slight thread drift: It gets hot under my cowl,...

Slight thread drift:

It gets hot under my cowl, and while I donít worry much about the effect on the cowl material (the plane spent 10 years in the south much hotter than Minnesota), I have trouble...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,187
Posted By MacCool
True, but most/many/some physicians will write a...

True, but most/many/some physicians will write a prescription for supplemental oxygen, or even an oxygen concentrator for aviation purposes. The diagnosis coding might get a little tricky if he/she...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,682
Posted By MacCool
I bought my airplane with Crows already...

I bought my airplane with Crows already installed. Pull-ups on the sides. They used the rotary KamLocks and by that time were about 11 years old. I found the lock difficult and a bit inconvenient to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,445
Posted By MacCool
I only heat when I’m going to fly. It does take...

I only heat when I’m going to fly. It does take some planning since this is Minnesota and warming to 100į F from 0į is not rare.

I use a dehydrator 24/7 when in the hangar. I made it myself for...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-22-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By MacCool
I found the claw-like thing from RAM to be too...

I found the claw-like thing from RAM to be too bulky, so I just went with with this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EB7D1NK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1. size medium

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,445
Posted By MacCool
If the signal didnít go through, the switch wonít...

If the signal didnít go through, the switch wonít turn green, so yes. Additionally, I can tell because the ambient temp that it displays will go up if thereís current in that circuit.

Switcheon uses...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 08:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,445
Posted By MacCool
Iíve been using Switcheon for a few years now. I...

Iíve been using Switcheon for a few years now. I have OK-but-not-great cellphone reception, and no wifi. The Switcheon has been excellent. Completely reliable, always works, simple to use. Excellent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 03:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,682
Posted By MacCool
Yes, thanks. A lot of engineering effort goes...

Yes, thanks. A lot of engineering effort goes into automobiles to crumple in such a way that it will mitigate a lot of the deceleration forces, spread them out over a greater period of time. The...
Forum: Safety 11-21-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,009
Posted By MacCool
Thank you for the input. Pin 1 is readily...

Thank you for the input. Pin 1 is readily available so I would likely just go that route. I kind of like the Aithre concept over the Sentry because I don't always fire up the Sentry (three different...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2022, 09:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,682
Posted By MacCool
I have absolutely no doubt that in a crash,...

I have absolutely no doubt that in a crash, deceleration forces sufficient to cause the either brand’s harness system to fail will kill the occupant first. The weak spot is going to be either the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2022, 09:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,813
Posted By MacCool
My engine driven fuel pump went out on the ferry...

My engine driven fuel pump went out on the ferry flight home after I bought it a few years ago. The A&P at the remote, tiny Iowa airport where I had stopped for fuel came in on a Sunday afternoon to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-20-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,120
Posted By MacCool
Puts me in mind of Rube Goldberg somehow. Along...

Puts me in mind of Rube Goldberg somehow. Along the way, I've stumbled my way through four different ways of jacking my plane up to get the wheel off the ground. Currently I've settled on the RV...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2022, 05:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,757
Posted By MacCool
What is this ďchuck keyĒ that you speak of?...

What is this ďchuck keyĒ that you speak of? OrÖĒpower cordĒ?
Forum: Safety 11-18-2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,009
Posted By MacCool
Ah.... ETA: Thanks. Looks pretty...

Ah....

ETA: Thanks. Looks pretty straightforward.

,
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-18-2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,813
Posted By MacCool
Looks like a great item for an EAA chapter to buy...

Looks like a great item for an EAA chapter to buy and put in the tool crib.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2022, 04:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,509
Posted By MacCool
- Me too. I just take a picture of the display...

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Me too. I just take a picture of the display before shutting down the engine each flight and then every so often go through the photo storage folder on my phone and transcribe Hobbs and Tach to a...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,009
Posted By MacCool
Thank you. The Advanced Flight 5000-series...

Thank you. The Advanced Flight 5000-series implementation of the SV-EMS 220 is different than Dynon's and the Dynon install manual (can't find page 6ff in either the AFS or Dynon manual) doesn't...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,009
Posted By MacCool
I appreciate the info…the Aithre Shield looks to...

I appreciate the info…the Aithre Shield looks to be a convenient addition.Where on your EFIS does the CO level display?

Actually, I have an AFS 5400 EFIS. It does use a Skyview Network and Dynon’s...
Forum: Safety 11-17-2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,009
Posted By MacCool
How did you interface? Is it a separate interface...

How did you interface? Is it a separate interface directly to the Skyview Network, or do you pin it into the main EFIS harness?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-17-2022, 06:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,941
Posted By MacCool
Thanks. Pretty much in line with what I hear from...

Thanks. Pretty much in line with what I hear from people around here that do the same kind of work as you. Concierge service isn't usually cheap.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-17-2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,941
Posted By MacCool
No confusion. Those are two of the three options....

No confusion. Those are two of the three options. In your experience...if OP brought his plane to you...would $20,000 - $25,000 be a crazy labor charge for you building an IFR panel for him, based on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,642
Posted By MacCool
I donít know for sure but Iím inclined to believe...

I donít know for sure but Iím inclined to believe thereís no relay involved.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,642
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, I donít know. I was hoping to use my...

Yeah, I donít know. I was hoping to use my existing Ray Allen rocker switchÖmomentary up, momentary down, and spring-loaded to neutral/off. What do you think? Is that feasible? Is your switch just a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-17-2022, 08:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,941
Posted By MacCool
No, youíre rightÖIím not interested in designing,...

No, youíre rightÖIím not interested in designing, building, wiring, and testing a whole new panel. I did exchange/upgrade my EFIS/PFD a couple of years ago. That necessitated a lot of re-wiring, new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,642
Posted By MacCool
Iíve talked to two different guys at Showplanes...

Iíve talked to two different guys at Showplanes and both told me there was no alternative to the switch they supply.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2022, 08:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,642
Posted By MacCool
Again, that appears to be the Showplanes flap...

Again, that appears to be the Showplanes flap positioning system that I referenced and linked earlier, except you canít tell from the switch position what the state of the flaps is. My EFIS already...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-16-2022, 10:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,941
Posted By MacCool
I have been very intrigued by the concept of...

I have been very intrigued by the concept of Advanced Flight's Advanced Panel. The modularity that the Advanced Control Module allows seems to be very clever. Stein would be more likely to be my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2022, 10:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,682
Posted By MacCool
This part of the country, the layers of clothing...

This part of the country, the layers of clothing that we wear to fly can vary day by day, even hour by hour, let alone season by season. I adjust my Crow harness a lot.

I'd go with the Crows for the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-16-2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,941
Posted By MacCool
Not sure of the OP's inclination, but there are...

Not sure of the OP's inclination, but there are many Experimental aviation owners who have no interest in building an airplane, let alone designing, building, wiring, testing an avionics panel. I'd...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2022, 09:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,009
Posted By MacCool
I use ForeFlight Sentry. I note that the...

I use ForeFlight Sentry.

I note that the Lightspeed Delta Zulu ANR headset also has built-in CO detection as well as some other cool features that makes this particular headset look like they...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-16-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,941
Posted By MacCool
Labor-wise, how many hours does it take to design...

Labor-wise, how many hours does it take to design and build an IFR-capable instrument panel? I have no clue, but there should be a fair number of people here on VAF that can answer that question....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,642
Posted By MacCool
My plane was built using a Ray Allen POS-12 to...

My plane was built using a Ray Allen POS-12 to send position info to my Advanced Flight EFIS. They do sell a separate position indicator...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2022, 01:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,584
Posted By MacCool
I hadn't thought of that. I have an AG6...

I hadn't thought of that. I have an AG6 annunciator on the main buss and Low Oil Pressure, as well as "OK" and "High Oil Pressure" are available inputs. I'll have to track the wiring down and see...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2022, 05:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,584
Posted By MacCool
“Page Not Found” …. Appears to be a bad link Try...

“Page Not Found” …. Appears to be a bad link

Try http://www.aeroelectric.com/articles/avmaster.pdf
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,993
Posted By MacCool
Maybe I should make a warning placard for the...

Maybe I should make a warning placard for the cockpit exterior.. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2022, 11:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,993
Posted By MacCool
I really like the CO2-powered mini-hammer idea...

I really like the CO2-powered mini-hammer idea that someone had mentioned earlier, but until someone invents it I guess my 9mm will have to do.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 989
Posted By MacCool
My experience too. I recently bought an Avidyne...

My experience too. I recently bought an Avidyne IFD from Stein and sold my old 430W here on VAF. In that circumstance, he did offer to T&E the 430W for the buyer and act as broker if it passed muster.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,584
Posted By MacCool
If I turn the avionics master on after I start...

If I turn the avionics master on after I start the engine it will be up to 30 seconds during EFIS boot-up before I can see the oil pressure after the engine has started, so I turn the avionics master...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2022, 08:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,643
Posted By MacCool
I was a kid when skateboards hit the scene…after...

I was a kid when skateboards hit the scene…after metal wheels but before polyurethane wheels. Loved ‘em of course, but you can therefore infer my advanced age and therefore the consequences of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-14-2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,029
Posted By MacCool
The current worldwide inflation rate is between...

The current worldwide inflation rate is between 6% and 10% (compared to about 1.5% a year ago). I would think that price increases, especially on electronics, are a foregone conclusion.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2022, 03:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,643
Posted By MacCool
I have a Seqway Ninebot E45. It’s a great device...

I have a Seqway Ninebot E45. It’s a great device for getting around the airport…super fast, fantastic range. I have taken in my -9A, but I can tell you that it is NOT something you just casually...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-12-2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,510
Posted By MacCool
I use the non-iridium BR8-ES plugs too and...

I use the non-iridium BR8-ES plugs too and completely change them out for new ones with each oil change. My A&P thinks it's unnecessary and I don't disagree. He did my last oil change and just...
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