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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,894
Posted By jpowell13
+1 for VAL INS429

I hung an INS429 below my panel in front of the stick. It's low cost insurance against GPS signal loss, GPS failure or EFIS failure. And, because it's a stand alone unit, about all you have to do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,001
Posted By jpowell13
Fun with radios

The wife, Nancy, drove me from Baton Rouge to Lafayette Friday to retrieve 0JP from Avionics Solutions after getting IFR certification. We had some good Cajun food at the Bon Temp Grill and she...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,653
Posted By jpowell13
Love my 6A JR. I think you will love yours too....

Love my 6A JR. I think you will love yours too. John
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 878
Posted By jpowell13
Congrats David. Is that Otto Pilot in the right...

Congrats David. Is that Otto Pilot in the right seat? John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,091
Posted By jpowell13
Two firsts

Strapped on the chute Friday afternoon, flew up to the practice area north of Baton Rouge and flew my first barrell roll and Cuban 8. Just baby steps, but it's fun to go beyond the usual loops and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-04-2020, 10:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,179
Posted By jpowell13
My plane lives outside. I just ordered a Suner...

My plane lives outside. I just ordered a Suner weatherproof 12W smart solar charger from Amazon to keep my 32 amp/hr AGM battery fully charged. ($60 + shipping.) I plan to leave it plugged into one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 10:21 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,422
Posted By jpowell13
A few days ago I was covering my 6A after some...

A few days ago I was covering my 6A after some mild aerobatics and noticed that the last time I put the engine cowl on I totally missed the lower half of the port side hinge with my hinge pin....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 10:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,415
Posted By jpowell13
Watching and praying Smokey.

Watching and praying Smokey.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-19-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By jpowell13
What is your age and waist size?

I've been thinking about adding right brakes to my 6A for a while. It's easy to remove the seat backs and baggage bulkhead so you can stretch out your legs and work under the panel. I'm 67 and weigh...
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,809
Posted By jpowell13
Had a Toyota Corona with an ignition switch that...

Had a Toyota Corona with an ignition switch that stuck. Destroyed the starter. John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 16,806
Posted By jpowell13
VAL INS429

I hung a VAL INS429 on the bottom edge of my panel for VOR/ILS capability and bought a used King DME for backup for my Garmin 400W. If I lose my EFIS or GPS, I can get down with the "all-in-one" VAL...
Forum: Reviews 03-02-2020, 08:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,192
Posted By jpowell13
Agree

I've ordered half a dozen products from Anti-splat. Happy with all of them, and the service has been very good. John
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-23-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,515
Posted By jpowell13
I would buy one. I'll bet a stubby 7/8 wrench...

I would buy one. I'll bet a stubby 7/8 wrench would give you plenty of torque and weigh little.

As for getting to the lowest screws on the wheel fairing with a flat tire, I carry a really short...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 02-21-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,309
Posted By jpowell13
Very sorry to hear it Allan. May God comfort you...

Very sorry to hear it Allan. May God comfort you in your great loss. John
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-10-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,513
Posted By jpowell13
Covers

I've stored my 6A tip-up on the ramp in Baton Rouge, LA for 6 years. I have 3 covers over the canopy to keep the avionics dry. I put a light weight travel cover on first. Then, I tie a 6' by 8'...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-01-2019, 12:19 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,598
Posted By jpowell13
Trutrak

I went with a Trutrak IV EFIS 7 years ago.I'm just sorry they got out of the EFIS business. The screen is so sharp and it boots up immediately. It's dead simple and flies nice coupled approaches off...
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,687
Posted By jpowell13
Mine is similar on my 6A, but I stripped some...

Mine is similar on my 6A, but I stripped some plastic nsulation off some heavy gauge electrical cable and wrapped the trim cable where it passes over the sharp edge of the rib lightening hole just to...
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,123
Posted By jpowell13
Gust lock

Good point. I always try to remember to stow mine within reach from the pilot seat when I remove mine. Saves getting in and out just to set the gust lock.

My favorite cockpit assessory from...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-12-2019, 11:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,152
Posted By jpowell13
Flats

This has happened to me twice. At the Petit Jean fly-in I was able to get off the runway onto grass where lots of RV's came to my aid and had me flying again in less than an hour with no damage to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,998
Posted By jpowell13
Flew 2.5 hours today with a passenger in the...

Flew 2.5 hours today with a passenger in the right seat. No longer have heavy left wing after adjusting. the nosegear leg fairing. The ball stays 1/3 over the right line at 125 knots. Ailerons line...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,998
Posted By jpowell13
Aileron trailing edge radius.

Went by the airport today with some calipers. Looks like the diameter of the radiuses of the trailing edges of both ailerons on my 6A is 7/32". The skins on the ailerons are flat. I plan to make a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,998
Posted By jpowell13
Good questions

I just looked at recent photos of my EFIS in flight before and after adjustment to my nose gear leg fairing. In both cases I was in straight and level cruise on autopilot. I have a trim tab on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,998
Posted By jpowell13
Wing heavy 6A

I've lived with a left wing heavy 6A for too long. Finally tried rotating the nose gear leg fairing trailing edge a few degrees away from the heavy wing and flew today. Problem solved. John
Forum: ADS-B 11-05-2019, 06:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,298
Posted By jpowell13
I agree. I don't mind family and friends tracking...

I agree. I don't mind family and friends tracking my flights, but don't want the rest of the world following my every move. I'll be taking advantage of any option available to maintain my privacy....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,691
Posted By jpowell13
741 hours in 6.7 years, or, about 110 hours per...

741 hours in 6.7 years, or, about 110 hours per year in the 6A. We usually make at least two long x-country trips to different regions, and several shorter trips to neighboring states during a year. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 749
Posted By jpowell13
Don't know if you could put up one of those metal...

Don't know if you could put up one of those metal car covers with the arched frames where you keep your plane, but I was pricing them recently and and I think you could buy one for about the price of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,073
Posted By jpowell13
Partied with Aunt Willodean

Aunt Willodean just turned 95. Was able to hop in the RV and fly from Baton Rouge to Laurel, Ms in 1.2 hrs. Made her cry when she heard I was coming. So glad I went and that the RV made it easy. She...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,630
Posted By jpowell13
Weatherspork

I've only used Weatherspork, but have found it to be pretty accurate. I really like the profile depiction of your route since it predicts visibility and conditions at particular altitudes and times....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,304
Posted By jpowell13
Antisplat

Just bought and installed an Antisplat modified nosewheel on my 6A. Never had any problems with the wheel that came with the kit, but it's a low cost upgrade and I've been convinced that it will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,165
Posted By jpowell13
Flightline

Have you talked with Flightline Interiors? As I recall, you can have foam shipped straight to them and they will cover foam at a very reasonable cost. John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2019, 11:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,682
Posted By jpowell13
I think I glued mine with proseal per the install...

I think I glued mine with proseal per the install instructions, but I'll have to verify that. The wiring comes with a little disconnect plug so you can remove your lower cowling.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,682
Posted By jpowell13
+1

My number 3 cylinder was getting a little above 400 degrees on hot days. So, I just put one flap on the right side. I get a drop of about 5 degrees F. I find that very helpful on climb out on hot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,925
Posted By jpowell13
That's good to hear Jack. Tell your friend not to...

That's good to hear Jack. Tell your friend not to feel bad. I had left out the cotter pins on my main wheel nuts. Fortunately, an observant builder/friend noticed before my first flight.

I've got...
Forum: Texas (North) 09-09-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By jpowell13
Chris, I never tested the roach repellent thing,...

Chris, I never tested the roach repellent thing, but was told to cut the "orange" and put it under your kitchen sink. I'm sure you don't have roaches, but living here in Baton Rouge in a 60 year old...
Forum: Texas (North) 09-08-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By jpowell13
Osage Orange

The limbs of the Osage Orange have to be very strong to support the heavy fruit. I learned in dendrology class at LSU that American Indians used the wood from the trees to make bows because of that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,655
Posted By jpowell13
Vikings

My cousin's husband landed in trees in a Viking near Clearwater, FL. They were forced to land due to an in-flight fire. He had some burns on his hand but he and the pilot got out with no other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2019, 06:43 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 16,806
Posted By jpowell13
MGL?

I'm curious about whether anyone has tried the MGL N16 nav radio? Might be a good option at a very low cost and using very little panel space for GPS backup. I hung a VAL INS429 under my panel and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 17,009
Posted By jpowell13
SD card

I've been flying with an iFly 720 for several years and really like it. The only problem I ever had was that the data on the SD card got corrupted once on a short x-country and the Maps wouldn't come...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2019, 10:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,308
Posted By jpowell13
Four Corners to Baton Rouge

For the past five years I've flown from somewhere in the Four Corners to Baton Rouge. Every year, other members of the group I'm part of drop me off at the local airport (Chinle, Gallup, Cortez,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 118,942
Posted By jpowell13
LIGO

Nice pics Bert. A friend in Baton Rouge wanted to fly over LIGO then do the guided tour. We did both. The legs are each 4km long. When gravity waves pass over the facility the length of the legs is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,398
Posted By jpowell13
Ramp queen

Here's a picture of my ramp queen during a long x-country. I do repaint a lot. My tailfeathers and front wheel pant are off now for inspection and repaint. Almost all off my plane's painted parts are...
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2019, 10:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,062
Posted By jpowell13
Anti-splat Cowl Flap

I put one anti-splat cowl flap on the right side of my cowl because the #3 cylinder of my 6A's O320 runs hottest. One nice thing about Anti-splat is that it is very easy to install. I see a CHT...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-26-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,391
Posted By jpowell13
You got that right Charlie. Try the smoked prime...

You got that right Charlie. Try the smoked prime rib if you go there. John
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-26-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,391
Posted By jpowell13
Going West

Just got back from my annual trip to the Four Corners. My route took me from Baton Rouge to Houston, then from Houston to LLano, TX (Pronounced Lano in TX) for cheap gas, then Lea County, NM, then,...
Forum: ADS-B 06-09-2019, 08:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,078
Posted By jpowell13
I fly with both. XM seems a little more accurate...

I fly with both. XM seems a little more accurate based on the view from the canopy. I agree that it sometimes shows areas of light rain when there is no rain. Perhaps it's more sensitive than ADSB...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-07-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,518
Posted By jpowell13
Austin Exec

Austin Executive recently got a tower. This was needed due to increased traffic. The FBO is a good one. The people are friendly and Uber will be there in minutes to pick you up. I was just there a...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-07-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,183
Posted By jpowell13
I have two pmags and replace the top plugs on odd...

I have two pmags and replace the top plugs on odd years and the bottom plugs on even years. I fly about 100 hours per year. Seems to be working well after two years. John
Forum: RV-10 06-04-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,116
Posted By jpowell13
CHT's and oil volume

It's gotten hot again down South and I've been climbing to 6500 plus for the cool air on trips. I run my 0-320 with between 6 and 7 qts. It's just anecdotal and there are many factors, but it seems...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,985
Posted By jpowell13
Minimum cost

My cost is very low. My 6A stays on the ramp for $50/month. (I triple cover the canopy.) I insure for liability and ramp damage only and I do my own condition inspections. That's 600 for parking, 600...
Forum: Southeast 05-13-2019, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 517
Posted By jpowell13
Greg Koontz

I flew my 6A from Baton Rouge to Gadsden, AL for instruction from Greg Koontz. We did three lessons in his Decathlon and one in my plane with lots of ground school. One of the best things I've done....
Forum: GPS 05-06-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,259
Posted By jpowell13
Loss of GPS signal

I was loosing GPS reception to my 400W. It was caused by my iLevil ADSB/GPS receiver being located too near my glare shield mounted Garmin antenna. The problem was easily identified by turning the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,483
Posted By jpowell13
Interference

In my case, it was my iLevil portable ADSB/GPS receiver that was interfering with the Garmin antenna for my 400W. It was interesting to watch the signal strength bars on the 400W drop as you moved...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,041
Posted By jpowell13
Danny King really keeps it interesting. Loved the...

Danny King really keeps it interesting. Loved the story about the big bird removing one engine from his T38.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,483
Posted By jpowell13
My xm and gps antennas are on glare shield. The...

My xm and gps antennas are on glare shield. The antennas need to be black or the reflection is a problem. Also, gps antennas located too close to each other will interfere with one another. John
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-22-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,054
Posted By jpowell13
Best two years of my life were spent in Africa....

Best two years of my life were spent in Africa. It's an awesome continent with a lot of beautiful people, and fabulous wildlife. Thanks for the great pictures. John
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2019, 11:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,857
Posted By jpowell13
Things I wish I'd saved from the build

I've got my right fuel tank from my 6A off for what must be the 5th time to fix leaks and run more wires and AOA tubing. I kept wishing I had saved the fuel tank cradle until today I finally built...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,405
Posted By jpowell13
It's amazing how few unfriendly airports there...

It's amazing how few unfriendly airports there are in this country. I'm usually made to feel like a VIP wherever I go. Most linemen dream of owning a plane like an RV and show real interest.

I did...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-04-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,797
Posted By jpowell13
The added weight might preclude aerobatic use of...

The added weight might preclude aerobatic use of the plane. I've also read on this site that high horsepower engines can damage the trailing edge of your rudder on 6's due to air pulses from the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-21-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By jpowell13
David, couldn't get my ducks lined up to get to...

David, couldn't get my ducks lined up to get to DI's today, but hope to be there if you do it again. I'll come for the food and fellowship, but no cajun dancing for me. I didn't get the dancing gene....
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-20-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By jpowell13
I'm in Baton Rouge David. Do we need written...

I'm in Baton Rouge David. Do we need written permission to land? John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 17,242
Posted By jpowell13
Ron, I've had a little training and am slowly...

Ron, I've had a little training and am slowly getting comfortable with aerobatics. I think I'd enjoy beginner level competition, but I've just got too many projects, commitments and other diversions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,513
Posted By jpowell13
Well done fellas

Doug, you seemed very well prepared for the interview. It flowed nicely. And, Chris, your story was captivating. The bit about the autopilot/aileron problem is so typical of the things that can...
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