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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,669
Posted By jpowell13
Battery booster pack

I bought one of those little battery booster packs that I carry with me. My engine has no primer system so it really helps on cold days. I also installed connections to the battery to make it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2018, 12:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,347
Posted By jpowell13
Koch chart

As one flat lander to another, print out a Koch chart and use it before taking off. Otherwise you're just guessing. Also, the terrain may look flat in the direction you plan to take off. Check and...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-14-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
DME
Views: 991
Posted By jpowell13
It works.

http://i67.tinypic.com/1q22gy.jpg

"The new (to me) DME works fine."


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"Now if I loose my EFIS or GPS I can get down with the G5, DME and VAL...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-10-2018, 11:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,380
Posted By jpowell13
Val INS429

Hard to beat the VAL INS429 for low cost functionality. It's a VOR/glideslope/marker beacon/CDI/VDI all in one for less than $2000. I just installed a used DME to go with it for about $600. I also...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-30-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,285
Posted By jpowell13
Engine driven fuel pump?

How often should engine driven fuel pumps be rebuilt or replaced? And, what about carbs?
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-18-2018, 11:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,217
Posted By jpowell13
Looks like a lot of airplane for the money. How...

Looks like a lot of airplane for the money. How does it handle? John
Forum: Rocket 11-18-2018, 10:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,846
Posted By jpowell13
Life is good!

Life is good!
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-18-2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,217
Posted By jpowell13
Upload picture to Tinypics. Copy the text for...

Upload picture to Tinypics. Copy the text for Forums. Paste the text into your post.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,183
Posted By jpowell13
Ole Blue

Joby, here's a good data point for you. I did my transition training in Ole Blue, the original 6A with Mike Seager out of Vernonia, Oregon's dirt strip. That plane did not have an Anti-splat mod;...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-14-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 28,800
Posted By jpowell13
A hold and approach

Still needed a hold and one more approach by the end of the month. Ceilings were about 1,000' yesterday, but there was an icing forecast near but not exactly in the space I would be flying. The wind...
Forum: Propellers 11-14-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,344
Posted By jpowell13
Prop cover

Here's that Bruce prop cover picture for the Sensi GA prop. John

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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-13-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,999
Posted By jpowell13
Chrome Cylinders

I have a mid-time 0320 with chrome lined cylinders, no oil separator and 70+ compression. I buy a case of oil every 50 hours. I put 7 qts in at oil change time and use up the other 5 qts by about the...
Forum: Propellers 11-13-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,344
Posted By jpowell13
Bruce cover

The Bruce cover was not on the web site. I had to take some measurements for them. Mine fit well and looks great, but could have benefitted from an extra 1/2" of overall length. I have a 6A. My name...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-12-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,168
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 11-12-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,344
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: 319
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: 11
DME
Views: 991
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: 11
DME
Views: 991
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: 11
DME
Views: 991
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: 26
Views: 3,308
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: 75
Views: 28,800
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: 934
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: 934
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: 1,884
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: 685
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: 5,451
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: 61
Views: 6,175
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: 4,205
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: 815
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: 641
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: 19
Views: 2,982
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: 19
Views: 2,982
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: 23
Views: 3,259
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: 10
Views: 880
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: 2,125
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: 711
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: 404
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: 1,776
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: 690
Posted By jpowell13
Plus one for Cutter.

Plus one for Cutter.
Forum: Safety 07-12-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 20,764
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: 1,196
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: 790
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: 2,563
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: 555
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: 412
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: 3,581
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: 51
Views: 11,985
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: 3,581
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: 3,581
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: 3,581
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: 3,581
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: 3,095
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: 51
Views: 11,985
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: 3,095
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: 2,935
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: 51
Views: 11,985
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: 9
Views: 2,709
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: 963
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: 4,664
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: 2,055
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: 436
Views: 106,868
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: 436
Views: 106,868
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...
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