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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 07:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,740
Posted By MacCool
I've never had a chest tube placed or removed on...

I've never had a chest tube placed or removed on myself, but I've been on the other end of the tube hundreds of times over the last 45 years. Certainly enough to have a clear understanding of what a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 07:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 510
Posted By MacCool
I completely agree that 6 weeks is nothing....not...

I completely agree that 6 weeks is nothing....not enough time to cause significant octane loss. However, I had the impression that the OP might also be worried about condensation, therefore the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2022, 03:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,366
Posted By MacCool
I flew down for the second day of the Great...

I flew down for the second day of the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering (https://mnpilots.org/gmag/), sponsored by the Minnesota Pilots Association. Very nice event, lots of good speakers and vendor...
Forum: Autopilots 05-20-2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 223
Posted By MacCool
Mine did the same...was actually doing that when...

Mine did the same...was actually doing that when I bought the plane. I was told it was toast, I replaced it with a G5 for $1300 (two years ago). It was an excellent upgrade.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,129
Posted By MacCool
I don't know enough about airplane engines to...

I don't know enough about airplane engines to know whether or not cutting that particular corner would be a bad thing for a $30,000 investment that also plays a role in keeping me alive. My initial...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2022, 05:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,547
Posted By MacCool
:D this really resonates with me. As my...

:D this really resonates with me. As my retirement looms, within the next few months, I face this exact issue at home. "I married you for life, but not for lunch", she lovingly told me.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,477
Posted By MacCool
Awhile ago, about the start of this thread, I...

Awhile ago, about the start of this thread, I ordered a couple of Tempest 48110-2 filters. Those were delivered about a week ago. I must have forgot and ordered some more because I just received...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,996
Posted By MacCool
For me, it just depends on whether I'm actually...

For me, it just depends on whether I'm actually "on a mission", or just flying around for fun especially with a passenger. Lot's of thermals/bumps takes the edge off of the fun I'm having because I...
Forum: COMM 05-18-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By MacCool
These have worked very well for me. I have them...

These have worked very well for me. I have them on two different sets of A20s and no issues with the material from leaving them in a hot cockpit on the glareshield. So far, these have lasted longer...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-16-2022, 07:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,003
Posted By MacCool
Advanced Flight is part of Dynon, so I'm kind of...

Advanced Flight is part of Dynon, so I'm kind of surprised that the Dynon AOA doesn't have both flaps and no-flaps calibration points. My AFS system uses virtually all Dynon components (pitot,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 07:07 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 23,951
Posted By MacCool
Those seasonal transitions are problematic....

Those seasonal transitions are problematic. Winter fuel in May is far from uncommon around here. I run into that with my tractor too…the convenience store where I buy diesel tends to be a little slow...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2022, 03:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,003
Posted By MacCool
I had to calibrate the AOA display on my AFS 5400...

I had to calibrate the AOA display on my AFS 5400 EFIS/Dynon heated pitot with flaps in both positions. The AOA display on the EFIS includes flap position. Works well flaps up or down, including the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-15-2022, 11:59 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 16,652
Posted By MacCool
I decided that installing the oil shutter on the...

I decided that installing the oil shutter on the back of the oil cooler wasn't the best choice, so I found an even easier alternative....I just had my A&P/IA do it while he was doing my CI. He...
Forum: ADS-B 05-15-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,686
Posted By MacCool
I am envious that you got to speak to a uAvioncs...

I am envious that you got to speak to a uAvioncs tech. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve left three voicemails, two emails and at least one message on their support site and have yet to make a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-15-2022, 07:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,964
Posted By MacCool
OMG what a fantastic repository of information...

OMG what a fantastic repository of information this forum is! Iíve never even heard or seen the word ďswarfĒ used in conversation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,552
Posted By MacCool
It apparently varies quite a bit FSDO by FSDO.

It apparently varies quite a bit FSDO by FSDO.
Forum: GPS 05-11-2022, 08:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,431
Posted By MacCool
That software update has been rumored for quite...

That software update has been rumored for quite awhile. Looking forward to it.

When I bought my IFD440, I needed to install some updates to activate wifi and bluetooth capabiliuty. I called Avidyne,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,161
Posted By MacCool
I use a Wirefy kit...

I use a Wirefy kit (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GFLWKTT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1) (Amazon)...multiple different crimp inserts for $75, but you can get it with just a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 705
Posted By MacCool
Blackstone. Their reports provide an...

Blackstone. Their reports provide an interpretation by an actual person (not computer) with specific comparison to your previous analyses and discussion of the trend. The trend of your oil analysis...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-06-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 808
Posted By MacCool
Sorry for not amplifying on that. As mentioned by...

Sorry for not amplifying on that. As mentioned by others, he is the principle at SteinAir...a well-known and well-reputed avionics shop and re-seller in Fairibault, MN, just south of the Twin Cities....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-06-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 808
Posted By MacCool
I sold my 430W (12/24v, black bezel) when I...

I sold my 430W (12/24v, black bezel) when I upgraded to an IFD440. We used Stein as an intermediary. I sent it to Stein, he checked the device over and assured the buyer that it was in good shape...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By MacCool
Personally, I think that instruments on the...

Personally, I think that instruments on the passenger side of my airplane are hard to keep looking at. That said, the G5 is pretty bright and would be pretty sharp and visible, but I'm not keen on a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By MacCool
In the event that the CFI doesn't have a Letter...

In the event that the CFI doesn't have a Letter of Deviation Authority so that he/she can instruct in any E-AB, you might want to get a LODA for yourself and your airplane as soon as you take...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 07:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,213
Posted By MacCool
Two years from now....:eek: Or...in the interim...

Two years from now....:eek:

Or...in the interim maybe we'll get cogent opinions from Dan Gryder, Juan Brown, or Scott Perdue.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-02-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By MacCool
Just out of curiosity, and I suppose I could ask...

Just out of curiosity, and I suppose I could ask Alex about it, what is the advantage of this tubing over the standard black corrugated conduit that Vans sells?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,865
Posted By MacCool
That’s what the guy who built my RV-9A did. Just...

That’s what the guy who built my RV-9A did. Just that simple. Just like the certified planes I’ve been flying for 50+ years. Works great. Style points aside, can’t think of a functional reason to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By MacCool
Conduit in the wings is a useful way to...

Conduit in the wings is a useful way to "future-proof" your airplane. Someday you may want different lighting, different pitot, other avionics/electrical doo-dads that maybe haven't even been...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-29-2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By MacCool
When I was putting in a new ADAHRS, I mounted the...

When I was putting in a new ADAHRS, I mounted the OAT probe on of the inspection panels on my left wing and ran the wires in the conduit with my pitot wires and AOA tubing. I didn’t want it on the...
Forum: Interiors 04-27-2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,825
Posted By MacCool
Iím not surprised. I ordered new seats and carpet...

Iím not surprised. I ordered new seats and carpet from her in May of 2021Ödelivered end of March of 2022. That was almost exactly what she predicted when I originally ordered them. The other places I...
Forum: Interiors 04-26-2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,825
Posted By MacCool
I just got a pair of leather seats from...

I just got a pair of leather seats from Flightline to replace the leather seats from Flightline that the builder had put in 12 years ago. Those older seats are in great shape but I didnít care for...
Forum: California 04-26-2022, 05:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,739
Posted By MacCool
I say bill of sale because thatís the amount on...

I say bill of sale because thatís the amount on which the state bases sales/use tax and ďsometimesĒ that number is different than the actual purchase price.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-25-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,205
Posted By MacCool
I have an Odyssey charger/maintainer that I keep...

I have an Odyssey charger/maintainer that I keep plugged in directly to the battery 24/7 through a molex pigtail that I access through my oil dipstick door. When I want to do avionics stuff, I...
Forum: California 04-24-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,739
Posted By MacCool
Minnesota — state and local sales tax when the...

Minnesota — state and local sales tax when the plane is purchased (here, it’s 7.75% of the BOS). No annual personal property tax, but there is an annual registration fee of $100.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 825
Posted By MacCool
I hvave an AG6 annunciator. I’ve found it to be...

I hvave an AG6 annunciator. I’ve found it to be very flexible and very helpful, and sounds like it would accomplish your goals. It’s $170 at Spruce. Here...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-23-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Posted By MacCool
Just those three functions…I don’t think the...

Just those three functions…I don’t think the knobs are assignable. I have a 5400, so I have two knobs that I can assign to other things. For the cost of this little panel and ease of installation...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-23-2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Posted By MacCool
If youíve connected it to a Skyview network, you...

If youíve connected it to a Skyview network, you can add the knobs any time by plugging the knob panel into the network.

https://www.dynoncertified.com/knob-control-panel.php
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 04-21-2022, 06:09 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 60,603
Posted By MacCool
50+ years...never been ramp checked, although I...

50+ years...never been ramp checked, although I did have a buddy several years ago who was an FAA safety inspector.

Do those guys have to provide credentials? I'd be pretty reluctant to let someone...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2022, 05:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,728
Posted By MacCool
I use some clear fuel tubing zip-tied to a little...

I use some clear fuel tubing zip-tied to a little sheet of aluminum so that I can put it in the tank, finger over the end, and pull it up leaving the tank depth in the column. I "calibrated" it with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2022, 09:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, as we discussed. I ordered some carbon...

Yeah, as we discussed. I ordered some carbon fiber cloth and I plan to put a couple layers of the insides where the damage is. I’ll use probably a couple layers of fiberglass on the outside. The...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2022, 03:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
Well, Midwest didn't return my calls or emails so...

Well, Midwest didn't return my calls or emails so I guess I'm on my own :( .

I opted to buy a 2" orbital sander from Harbor Freight and found that a prep-stripping disc works pretty well in getting...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-20-2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By MacCool
My 10 year old Red Cube started giving...

My 10 year old Red Cube started giving inconsistent readings on my AFS 5400 EFIS. I read that they can go TU, often around the 10 year mark, which is how old mine is. I read that they can be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-20-2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 921
Posted By MacCool
I don't have the GRT Horizon EFIS. I have both an...

I don't have the GRT Horizon EFIS. I have both an AFS (Dynon) 5000 series EFIS with touch and a legacy AFS 3500 EFIS for moving map display (non-touch). Yes, a touch screen can be harder to use in...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,760
Posted By MacCool
Regarding maintenance...bear in mind that you can...

Regarding maintenance...bear in mind that you can do whatever component of work on your E-AB airplane that you are comfortable with, with the exception of annual Condition Inspection, and limited by...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
Intriguing option..thanks. I just sent them a...

Intriguing option..thanks. I just sent them a request for a quote. The Hibbing airport is only about a 30 minute flight from here.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
OK, thanks. Do you think that 6 oz fiberglass...

OK, thanks. Do you think that 6 oz fiberglass cloth is too heavy for layering on the outside?

Guess I'll get some carbon fiber to re-inforce the mounting area. I like that idea.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
Thanks, nice overview. I have experience with...

Thanks, nice overview. I have experience with fiberglass repair (boats - I just finished fixing up my kids' old Whaler)...I just dislike doing it (tired of sanding). This is a little different since...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
As it turns out (discovered while stripping the...

As it turns out (discovered while stripping the finish) it looks like these wheel pants were gel coated rather than painted. When I finish the fiberglass repair, should I have them painted or re-gel...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By MacCool
Helpful post...thanks for taking the time.

Helpful post...thanks for taking the time.
Forum: Tools 04-16-2022, 12:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,161
Posted By MacCool
Excellent, thanks

Excellent, thanks
Forum: Tools 04-16-2022, 11:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,161
Posted By MacCool
Thanks...what is the model number of the heat...

Thanks...what is the model number of the heat shrink tubing you use for that Dymo 160?
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-15-2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,760
Posted By MacCool
You are me, two years ago. I was looking for...

You are me, two years ago. I was looking for either a -7A or a -9A and the -9A manifested itself first. After 50 years of flying certified airplane, this has been a revelation to me, and my only...
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,807
Posted By MacCool
Agreed. The aural tone is a nice touch in that...

Agreed. The aural tone is a nice touch in that you get a progressikve warning as you approach stall speed. Prior to the current 5000-series, my 4500 EFIS, would suddenly exclaim.."ANGLE ANGLE PUSH"....
Forum: RV-14 04-14-2022, 07:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,807
Posted By MacCool
By that, Tricia means that on their 5000-series...

By that, Tricia means that on their 5000-series EFIS's, AoA data comes only over an SV-Network via a Dynon SV-ADAHRS, getting its data info from a Dynon heated pitot.

I went through this whole...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-14-2022, 05:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By MacCool
I usually end up just ordering from Spruce,...

I usually end up just ordering from Spruce, although I did just get a few hundred screws of various types from a company called Fastenere, which went well. I've also been pleased with Military...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-13-2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By MacCool
Finding pitot/static leak?

I replaced my AFS 4500 EFIS with an AFS 5400. As a result, avionics are now on a Dynon SV network. That's great...but it did require re-plumbing the pitot/static/AOA systems to a remote ADAHARS,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,083
Posted By MacCool
Often IMHO the bigger problem is glare from the...

Often IMHO the bigger problem is glare from the very shiny screen surface and Iíve found that a non-glare screen protector makes a big difference in readability in a bright cockpit
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2022, 10:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,083
Posted By MacCool
The current iPads run anywhere from 500-600 nits...

The current iPads run anywhere from 500-600 nits brightness. The Mini-6 is 500 nits, the iPad Pros are brighter. I use an iPad Pro 11 inch (600 nits) in my RV-9A, suction-cup RAM mount. Brightness...
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,807
Posted By MacCool
That method is still available via AFS and you...

That method is still available via AFS and you need a separate instrument (indicator lights) mounted on the glare shield. Currently, the "in-wing" sensors are no longer possible for AFS and Dynon...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 05:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,603
Posted By MacCool
Yes. I have a one-airplane hangar, but real-time...

Yes. I have a one-airplane hangar, but real-time cameras would be my first choice if it was a possibility. Second best choice is to catch vandals, thieves, or other such miscreants after the fact and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,603
Posted By MacCool
This. You arenít going to stop a determined thief

This. You arenít going to stop a determined thief
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2022, 09:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
Great advice, guys. I really appreciate you...

Great advice, guys. I really appreciate you taking the time to help. Not sure what I'm going to do yet. My gear leg fairings are mounted very solidly, so at least I can fly the plane while they're...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
*sigh*...long waiting list for this kind of...

*sigh*...long waiting list for this kind of fiberglass repair. Looks like I may have to do it myself :mad: .


My wheel pants are painted with automotive paint. What's your favorite method of paint...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2022, 10:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
I'll do that, Alex. Going to run them over to...

I'll do that, Alex. Going to run them over to BodyWorks this afternoon and have a chat with their service manager.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-03-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,926
Posted By MacCool
Yeah, they'd be my second-to-last resort (last...

Yeah, they'd be my second-to-last resort (last resort would be me doing it). I'm hoping to find some place a little more aviation-specific.
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