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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 01:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 826
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 Yesterday, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 319
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 Yesterday, 10:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 826
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: 924
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: 853
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-11-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 962
Posted By jpowell13
I have the twin to that unit. I think they came...

I have the twin to that unit. I think they came out of an Eclipse. (I could be wrong about that.) They had very little time on them when removed. Mine has worked flawlessly in my 6A for several...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,030
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: 36
Views: 2,697
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: 408
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: 408
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: 163
Views: 10,278
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: 1,092
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...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By jpowell13
Numbers on wrench flats

I had the cowl off my 6A today and checked the numbers on the wrench flats of my fuel pressure sensor that Jim was talking about. Looks like 32/25 on my fuel pressure sensor. The top of the sensor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By jpowell13
Senders for Trutrak

I've never had to replace the fuel pressure sender for my Trutrak EFIS, but I did replace the carb temp sender and just ordered an oil temp sender. Both of these are manufactured by Westach and are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By jpowell13
Pokey, I'm looking at one of my Trutrak manuals....

Pokey, I'm looking at one of my Trutrak manuals. The sender looks like an automotive type VDO sender. The pressure range is 0 to 80psi. 1/8-27 NPT. There are 2 electrical terminals. There is a...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-18-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,211
Posted By jpowell13
Trails End Golf Course at 5F0, Arcadia-Bienville Apt

I was in Ruston, LA visiting my wife's family for Christmas and knew from experience that I would have a free morning on the day after the holiday. So, I took my clubs with me and looked for a course...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,457
Posted By jpowell13
Buy an RV12 towbar

I carry an RV12 towbar in the baggage compartment of my 6A. I got the idea from Mike Seager. It's aluminium and is very light. I had to drag my plane off a runway once with an electric tug and dolly...
Forum: Autopilots 12-28-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,088
Posted By jpowell13
You may be on to something DEM. I think my SERIAL...

You may be on to something DEM. I think my SERIAL speed setting in my EFIS is at 9600 Baud for RS232 communication but you had the option to use 4800. And, I think Trutrak told me to set the ARINC...
Forum: Autopilots 12-27-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,088
Posted By jpowell13
Which EFIS model?

DEM, Do you have the AP4 EFIS? I think that's the only one that is able to fly approaches? Once I'm established on the approach, the GPSS heading over the second button changes to GPSV. I select it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,452
Posted By jpowell13
I see you're point Kyle. Maybe a better question...

I see you're point Kyle. Maybe a better question would be "have been any in-flight structural failures in 6's and what failed." I think I remember a horizontal stab. failure with one of the 8's and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,452
Posted By jpowell13
The explanations of why fuel load must be...

The explanations of why fuel load must be included in the aerobatic weight calculation have finally made it clear to me why it is necessary to include fuel weight. Would the experts comment on some...
Forum: Safety 12-17-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,135
Posted By jpowell13
IFR flight

Just made a flight from Baton Rouge to Brunswick, GA and back via Dothan, AL to meet my nephew's new daughter. The flight over was in CAVU, but a weather front came in behind us.

We left a day early...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,945
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 12-14-2018, 11:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,855
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, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
DME
Views: 1,684
Posted By jpowell13
It works.

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

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


http://i65.tinypic.com/344tqmx.jpg

"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, 10:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,852
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, 06:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,823
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, 10:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,741
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, 09:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,232
Posted By jpowell13
Life is good!

Life is good!
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-18-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,741
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, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,424
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, 12:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 30,423
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, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,727
Posted By jpowell13
Prop cover

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

http://i63.tinypic.com/vzwso2.jpg
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-13-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,365
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, 08:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,727
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, 07:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,457
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, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,727
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, 02:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
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, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
DME
Views: 1,684
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 11-09-2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 11
DME
Views: 1,684
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, 02:09 PM
Replies: 11
DME
Views: 1,684
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, 01:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,464
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, 08:31 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 30,423
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, 06:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,180
Posted By jpowell13
Thanks David. Will do.

Thanks David. Will do.
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 11-03-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,180
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, 03:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,618
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, 03:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 852
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, 06:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,422
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, 09:03 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,135
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, 09:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,938
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, 10:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 940
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, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 822
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, 02:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,430
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, 09:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,430
Posted By jpowell13
Aerobatic Epistle

Carl N, in which issue of RVator is Aerobatic Epistle found? John
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-20-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,820
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, 04:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,078
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, 04:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,259
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, 02:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
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, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 469
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, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,091
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, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 755
Posted By jpowell13
Plus one for Cutter.

Plus one for Cutter.
Forum: Safety 07-12-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 21,914
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...
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