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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By jpowell13
G5

I love my G5 with backup battery and magnatometer. It allowed me to finally get rid of the whiskey compass. I've never had a minute's trouble from it. I've looped and rolled with it and it has never...
Forum: Propellers Yesterday, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By jpowell13
+ 1

+1 for the Ground Adjustable Sensi. I've put about 60hrs on mine. I'm getting shorter take-offs and better high altitude airport performance. Bruce covers made a nice cover for it which fits nicely....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Posted By jpowell13
Talk to Bob Davis at Davis Aviation in Baton...

Talk to Bob Davis at Davis Aviation in Baton Rouge. (West Ramp BTR) I think he would work with you. John
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-10-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 10
DME
Views: 500
Posted By jpowell13
Old tech

Jim, if I wasn't an old git with time on my hands, I'd probably agree. I'd never install an ADF in my plane, even though I learned to use one, because they are too big and heavy, but DME is so simple...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-10-2018, 12:34 AM
Replies: 10
DME
Views: 500
Posted By jpowell13
Radios

Bob, I have VAL radios. One is a NAV2000 and the other is a INS429 with built in CDI, VDI and marker lights. I have them attached to separate Bob Archer antennae. The INS429 works great, but the...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-09-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 10
DME
Views: 500
Posted By jpowell13
DME

I have two NAV receivers in my IFR equipped 6A. They both have VOR/Glideslope capability, but my NAV 2 has never received VOR stations well enough to be useful in flight. For this reason, I can't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,216
Posted By jpowell13
Exit Bar

Here's a picture of my Easy Exit Bar installation showing the fuel selector area. I like the fact that it gives me a secure place to stow my tool bag ahead of the main spar and between the pilot and...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-08-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 27,323
Posted By jpowell13
Flew 5 practice approaches in my 6A today in IFR

This thread is really good for sharing IFR experience. Brad said he flies practice approaches in actual IFR in his 6A if it's allowed by his personal minimums.

My personal minimums are higher than...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 11-03-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 546
Posted By jpowell13
Thanks David. Will do.

Thanks David. Will do.
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 11-03-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 546
Posted By jpowell13
Tie downs

We had a little wind at Baton Rouge airport night before last. The Cessna was next to my 6A on the right, and the Piper was a couple of planes over to the left. I've always focused on making sure my...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-03-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,517
Posted By jpowell13
Outstanding!

Cross country trips are much more do-able with that rating. I don't use mine when it looks at all tough or me or my plane aren't quite right, but there have been several times when it enabled us to...
Forum: Reviews 11-03-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 440
Posted By jpowell13
Craftsman Rachet set and Easy Exit Bar

I was shopping at Lowes the other day and noticed this little Craftsman ratchet set on the Christmas gift display. This looked like what I needed to simplify my over-weight x-country tool kit. I...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 10-26-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,757
Posted By jpowell13
Ease of exit

As an older guy with a tip up 6A I was curious if it's easier to exit from a slider cockpit once you're on the ground and parked? John
Forum: Safety 10-15-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,745
Posted By jpowell13
Location issues

I fly in Louisiana and have an IFR rating but much prefer VFR. We get our share of low ceilings but the terrain is flat, there isn't much icing and there are lots of little airports to land at in a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,747
Posted By jpowell13
Flats

I've had two flats on roll out on my 6A in about 500 hours of flying. Both times it was on the left main, and I found a pin hole in the outer sidewall area of the tube.

The landings were no big...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 781
Posted By jpowell13
Also, they weigh much less than magnetos, the...

Also, they weigh much less than magnetos, the plugs are much cheaper, no 500hr overhaul, and timing is a cinch. On the other hand, if your electrical system fails, a pmag keeps working down to 800...
Forum: Southeast 10-02-2018, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By jpowell13
Mike Seager

I went to Vernonia, OR and trained with Mike Seager in Ole Blue, the original 6A. Great experience and a great instructor. John
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-01-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,727
Posted By jpowell13
Thanks Carl

Thanks Carl. I found that issue among my old RVators.

Ron, I was lucky enough to find Greg Koontz for some aerobatic instruction last year. He asked me what my goals were to which I responded, "To...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-30-2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,727
Posted By jpowell13
Aerobatic Epistle

Carl N, in which issue of RVator is Aerobatic Epistle found? John
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-20-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,412
Posted By jpowell13
Loose Carb?

This may be totally off (I'm no expert) but its easy to check. Have the nuts that secure your carb loosened up? John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 779
Posted By jpowell13
I like my G5

I have a Gemini and a G5 to back up my Trutrak EFIS. I like Trutrak, but my Gemini locks up occasionally and I have to cycle it. My G5 has never given me any problems. It's much easier to set the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,038
Posted By jpowell13
Why not remove one wing and load it diagonally on...

Why not remove one wing and load it diagonally on one of those flat bed car haulers. I bet you could get the width down to 8' that way. John
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-05-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 681
Posted By jpowell13
Put in a switch

I installed a switch in my panel to switch the sending unit signals between my vans fuel guages and my TruTrak EFIS. Works fine. John
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-28-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 388
Posted By jpowell13
Plus one for Kellog

Spent several days at Kellogg a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Lots to see and do. John
Forum: Southeast 07-20-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,576
Posted By jpowell13
Trutrak

You might enjoy going by the Trutrak hanger in Springdale. I believe they have several RVs, and you could check out their products. John
Forum: Midwest 07-15-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 670
Posted By jpowell13
Plus one for Cutter.

Plus one for Cutter.
Forum: Safety 07-12-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 20,394
Posted By jpowell13
Tie downs and wasps

I told a pax to wait in the FBO once so I could preflight without distractions. Left the wing tiedowns connected while I went to fetch my friend because a jet was warming up in front of me. I looked...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-28-2018, 12:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,141
Posted By jpowell13
Monument Valley at Dawn

I took my friend Doug Woolworth to Monument Valley at dawn last Thursday and he got some good pictures with his smart phone. If the light is right this place is magic....
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Posted By jpowell13
Fairleads

I used some stainless steal "fairleads" from West Marine. Not nearly as strong as Vans version, but very light weight and unobtrusive. John
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-24-2018, 06:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,482
Posted By jpowell13
Chinle update

They've made some improvements at Chinle. The runway seemed to be in better condition this year and an electric gate has been installed. I was also met by a friendly policeman when I landed. There...
Forum: Reviews 06-24-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 539
Posted By jpowell13
Jet Center at Santa Fe

I'm constantly amazed at the service I get from FBO's as I travel around the country. I had planned to over-night in Santa Fe on a recent trip and asked Jet Center at Santa Fe to book a room for me....
Forum: Reviews 06-24-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 389
Posted By jpowell13
AVEO Powerburst Lights

I installed AVEO Powerburst wingtip lights six years ago on my 6A. I was winding up my annual condition inspection three weeks ago when I discovered my right strobe was out. This was a problem...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-24-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,411
Posted By jpowell13
Another comment

Made it back from AZ Friday. Mercifully, ground temps only got to about 90 degrees this year. The highest oil temp I saw was 192 with an OAT of 74 at 7500'. My MP was 19.7 inches and I was near...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-17-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,757
Posted By jpowell13
Clarification

Turbo, the GA prop is about 13.5 pounds lighter. I offset about half of that weight difference by adding the Antisplat items keeping the CG shift small.

Took off from Gallup NM this afternoon....
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,411
Posted By jpowell13
Point of reference

Just as a point of reference with an oil cooler at the left inlet. I flew across Texas today from east to west. Started at 4500' and was cruising at 8500' by the time i reached Lubbock. Temps on the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-15-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,411
Posted By jpowell13
pics

Boulderick, Those pictures follow. I'm not an aerodynamics expert by any means, just a builder, but I think the scoop is worth a try. I used bolts to attach mine, but don't see why blind rivets...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-14-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,411
Posted By jpowell13
I'll try to get by the apt tomorrow and take a...

I'll try to get by the apt tomorrow and take a picture. John
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-14-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,411
Posted By jpowell13
Mine is there too

Mine is in the same location. My engine came out of a Musketeer with the original baffling which I adapted and used in my plane. The inlet ramp on factory planes tends to be much more vertical with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-13-2018, 11:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,021
Posted By jpowell13
Tried new lap belt.

I tried out my second lap belt setup today. With broken layers above and below I didn't loop, but rolled a couple of times, and the second belt across my legs did add to my stability. I think the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-13-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,757
Posted By jpowell13
More Insights on Sensi GA prop

After reviewing W&B data my 6A went from 1033 lbs to 1026 lbs.

And, the CG moved from 69.3" to 70" aft of datum...

After adding Anti-splat II, Lip-Skid, Cowl Flap and changing from Sensi FP to GA...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,021
Posted By jpowell13
What I did.

I had a couple of those cargo tie down rings that Vans sells plus some 2"x3"x1/4" angle and nut plates left over from my build. I cut the angle pieces to fit and bolted them to ribs under the seat...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2018, 11:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,866
Posted By jpowell13
Which radio?

Jacksel, I'm curious about which VOR radio you're using. I have Bob Archer antennas in my wingtips. They barely worked with my VAL Nav2000, but work great with the VAL INS429 I installed later. John
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-01-2018, 01:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,757
Posted By jpowell13
Just switched my FP Sensi for the GA Sensi

I've been making annual June trips from Baton Rouge to AZ for the past 4 years. My plane is a 6A with a 160 hp 0320 that weighs about 1,030 lbs empty. Because of the high density altitudes in June I...
Forum: Reviews 05-14-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,238
Posted By jpowell13
I agree

I just installed a cowl flap, a Nose Job and a Lip Skid on my 6A. The installations were all easy, but I stripped a couple of the bolts on the Nose Job clamp. Allan sent more bolts free of charge and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2018, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 842
Posted By jpowell13
Spares

Roger, when I travel in my 6A, I always carry a spare fuel drain valve, a spare gas cap and a spare main inner tube. I've needed every one of those items at least once.

Any left over aluminum chips...
Forum: Propellers 02-24-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,448
Posted By jpowell13
On my upgrade list

I'm planning another trip to Chinle, AZ this June, and hope to install a Sensi GA and one of those Anti-splat cowl vents before the trip. High temp operations out of places like Gallup, NM are not...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2018, 11:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,984
Posted By jpowell13
Backup instruments

I bought a very inexpensive MGL 2" Infinity instrument which allows 4 temps and one pressure input. Mine is set up to give me oil pressure and CHT's. I also have analog fuel level and fuel pressure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 438
Views: 105,892
Posted By jpowell13
Glacier Pilot

Great stuff Jim. I also read Last Letter from Attu about the school teacher taken captive (along with the entire Aleut population of Attu) by the Japanese and interned in Japan for the duration. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 438
Views: 105,892
Posted By jpowell13
Glacier Pilot

Just finished Glacier Pilot by Beth Day. She tells the story of Bob Reeves who pioneered high altitude glacier landings in the 1930's in order to haul freight to gold miners. Then, with war on the...
Forum: Safety 09-24-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,863
Posted By jpowell13
Happened to my 6A

Same thing happened with the O320 in my 6A. I had dieseling too. Also, had momentary engine hesitation on acceleration. With RVs you can reach into the carb air inlet during preflight. If the airbox...
Forum: Northeast 09-23-2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,427
Posted By jpowell13
Getting Home

http://i68.tinypic.com/5oe6wm.jpg

Muchas gracias Jose. You put me in the 200mph club on Thursday (21st) after more than 570hrs in my little 0320 powered 6A. If you can't read the Garmin screen, it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-19-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,360
Posted By jpowell13
NAV2000

The glideslope/localizer reception on my unit works fine, but I've never been able to get satisfactory VOR reception. Sent it back twice for bench tests and they said it was good. They've suggested...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,503
Posted By jpowell13
Don't forget the clamps

If you are replacing a Bendix mag, don't forget to order the two clamps that hold the Pmag to the assessory case. I think they are included in the "install kit" from Emagair. I just installed a Pmag...
Forum: Northeast 09-17-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,427
Posted By jpowell13
Great Time

Nancy and I had a great time. We've never been to Maine. (It's a long way from Baton Rouge.) But, we think it's better than advertised. Just spent this afternoon taking sailing lessons in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2017, 02:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,071
Posted By jpowell13
GMU 11 Installed

I got my GMU 11 installed and calibrated today. Mounted it facing starboard right behind the point where the front spar of the vertical stabilizer attaches to the fuselage of my 6A. (I have no lights...
Forum: Northeast 07-12-2017, 10:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,748
Posted By jpowell13
2 for Dinner

David, made our hotel reservation. Add two for lobster dinner. John from Louisiana
Forum: Northeast 07-04-2017, 01:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,748
Posted By jpowell13
Zatarain's

A bottle of Zatarain's in the boiling water would make shoe leather taste good. Makes our mud bugs great! They're small, but the standard serving size for Louisiana man or woman is 5 lbs. (Not...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-03-2017, 10:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,268
Posted By jpowell13
My Guess

Pieces of the inside lining of your oil hose? John
Forum: RV-14 07-01-2017, 11:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,334
Posted By jpowell13
My outside the box compass mount

http://i67.tinypic.com/s1qc28.jpg

I had my vertical card compass mounted below the panel between my legs on my 6A. It was usually 15 degrees off. In getting ready for a long x-country, I removed the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2017, 12:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,907
Posted By jpowell13
Some Kind of Time Warp?

Wait, wasn't it the week before last DR proudly informed us Audrey was accepted at SMU? Have I been in some kind of time warp or is this young lady moving at hyper speed?

May the successes...
Forum: Northeast 07-01-2017, 12:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,748
Posted By jpowell13
Dreamin'

Been dreamin' and about a fall trip to Maine and those giant crawfish. I'm told that flying weather is generally good in Maine during the fall. Pencil me in as a definite maybe.

John from Louisiana
Forum: RV-12 06-27-2017, 10:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,936
Posted By jpowell13
Battery Lead?

You may have checked this, but my battery began to discharge on my 6A in flight; then, the alternator would charge fine when I was on the ground. Turned out to be a loose crimp on the battery lead at...
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