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Forum: COMM 03-07-2022, 11:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,240
Posted By jpowell13
Backup radio

I hung a backup radio on the bottom edge of my panel. It's a "stand alone" with it's own headset plugs and antenna. I keep a Telex handheld mike pluged into it. If ATC has trouble hearing my primary...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2022, 10:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpowell13
Next stage completed

TCW backup battery installed.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-18-2022, 04:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpowell13
What I did.

22410

22411

22412

Sorry for the orientation of the photos. I'm a little old for working under the panel, but managed to install positive and negative busses behind the rudder pedal support tubes....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-02-2022, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpowell13
That's great information John. This is what I...

That's great information John. This is what I needed. Many thanks.

Regarding the 8a alternator, I once lost my alternator on a VFR flight due to a loose battery wire connector. I was surprised how...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-31-2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpowell13
Diode

Good to know the diode is unnecessary Jim, and it makes sense. In case of an alternator failure, the process would be to turn on power from the battery buss, then turn off the main or battery...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-29-2022, 10:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpowell13
IFR

IFR Dan. Essential for me is my EFIS. A com radio, my GPS400W and my iFly portable GPS. I have G5 PFD/HSI with it's own backup battery, an ADSB receiver with battery and a smartphone with iFly...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-27-2022, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpowell13
Didn't know about that option Bob. Thanks

Didn't know about that option Bob. Thanks
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-27-2022, 11:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpowell13
SPDT switch

Not sure why your idea wouldn't work, and it would be simpler in operation, but Mr Nuckolls recommends using a steering diode and the single throw switch. I think the diode protects the electronics...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-26-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpowell13
Essential Buss

I wired my 6A using Van's harness and design of about 10 years ago. There is no separate avionics buss just a main buss. My plan now is to upgrade the wiring so that, if I have an alternator failure,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2022, 08:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,213
Posted By jpowell13
SP400

I bought one of those Sportys SP400s with the battery pack and headphone adapters. Also have the cigarette lighter power adapter and external antenna. I mounted it on a Ram mount so that I can fly...
Forum: Safety 01-17-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,915
Posted By jpowell13
When picking your runway, be sure to consider...

When picking your runway, be sure to consider what the terrain does in the direction of takeoff. Even if it rises slowly. It might "out climb" you in high density altitude conditions.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,413
Posted By jpowell13
Vertical guidance with G5.

Wanting vertical guidance on my G5 I ordered a GAD 29C ARINC box from Steinair. Installation was a bit of a challenge, and I hit a wall when I couldn't get my G5 to communicate with my GPS400W. The...
Forum: RV-14 12-07-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,469
Posted By jpowell13
I can carry my clubs

I've carried two sets of 14 clubs in my 6A with a standard baggage compartment several times.. You have to take the clubs out of the bags and place them diagonally on the floor of the baggage...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-12-2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,761
Posted By jpowell13
I've been using the light weight RV12 tow bar...

I've been using the light weight RV12 tow bar with my 6A as a "carry along" for years. I feared it would break, but it has held up well.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-25-2021, 12:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,782
Posted By jpowell13
I've found the Garmin G5 reliable and it has a...

I've found the Garmin G5 reliable and it has a bright screen... no engine data however.
Forum: Southeast 10-15-2021, 09:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,237
Posted By jpowell13
Weather

The daily rain, huricanes and T-storms have finally abated. In fact, October is supposed to be our driest month. We hit our avg annual rainfall amount in August; so, statistically, we should have no...
Forum: Southeast 10-14-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,237
Posted By jpowell13
Interesting things about Natchitoches, LA (KIER)

Natchitoches, LA was once the capital of Texas. (The capital was actually at Robeline, just out of Natchitoches, but no one has ever heard of Robeline.)

Steel Magnolias was filmed there.

They have...
Forum: Safety 09-26-2021, 12:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,211
Posted By jpowell13
Little adjustments you've made as you age

The recent thread about having to wear readers when flying made me think of another adjustment I recently made due to age. I noticed that my landings weren't as soft as they used to be, and I wasn't...
Forum: Safety 09-22-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,281
Posted By jpowell13
At 69 with good distance vision.

For most flights I use a pair of readers with wire frames.

Flying toward the sun: I bought a pair of wrap around sunglasses with reader inserts at the Bass Pro fishing department.

For foggles: I...
Forum: Propellers 09-19-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,309
Posted By jpowell13
Went from 4 to 5 setting

Since I was doing the annual on my 0-320 6A and needed to remove the spinner anyway, I decided to set my Sensi. GA prop at 5 instead of 4. I've only flown an hour since, but I think my plane is much...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-19-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,138
Posted By jpowell13
I just installed an ASA oil separator. I've only...

I just installed an ASA oil separator. I've only made a couple of short flights since, but there seems to be reduction in the amount of oil lost out of the breather tube. Will know for sure once I've...
Forum: GPS 09-17-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,204
Posted By jpowell13
Resolved

Just wanted to give kudos to Alex at Garmin experimental support. He updated my flygarmin app for me and installed the latest data update on my old data card. My new data card was corrupted so he is...
Forum: GPS 09-15-2021, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,204
Posted By jpowell13
Thanks. That may be the problem. Flygarmin did...

Thanks. That may be the problem. Flygarmin did not recognize the card. I updated the app and the update started but failed to complete. Afterward, the app does not recognize the card. John
Forum: GPS 09-14-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,204
Posted By jpowell13
New GPS data card

I bought a 2nd data card from Jeppesen for my GPS 400W. I wanted to have two cards in order to have a backup in case of an in-flight data card failure. I plan to alternate the new card and old card...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,661
Posted By jpowell13
Was really fortunate the plane didn't flip. Is...

Was really fortunate the plane didn't flip. Is there an Anti Splat stiffened under that nosegear leg?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,661
Posted By jpowell13
I'm wondering if after engine/prop...

I'm wondering if after engine/prop repair/replacement, nose gear replacement and engine mount inspection/repair it might not be possible to get a ferry permit to move the plane to an airframe repair...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-21-2021, 12:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By jpowell13
I was replacing the single halogen light in each...

I was replacing the single halogen light in each wing from Duckworks with the double spotlight assembly from. Flyleds.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2021, 11:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,138
Posted By jpowell13
Oil on the belly

Having just spent a couple of unpleasant hours on my back cleaning oil off the belly of my 6A, I'm ready to install an oil/air separator. What's the best system that works and isn't too complicated...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-20-2021, 11:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By jpowell13
Flyleds

I just replaced my Duckworks halogen wing lights with Flyled LEDs today. With the aluminum conversion plate option you can buy with the spotlights you just have to assemble the lights and connect the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-19-2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,477
Posted By jpowell13
I run dual Pmags. The oldest one has 800 hours...

I run dual Pmags. The oldest one has 800 hours with no problems. You'll save a lot of money on spark plugs. I change all 8 every year for about $25. John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,295
Posted By jpowell13
I don't normally tip for fuel, but for a lift in...

I don't normally tip for fuel, but for a lift in the golf cart or driving my rental up to my plane and helping me unload and tie down I tip well. Anything above and beyond deserves a tip in my...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2021, 04:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,338
Posted By jpowell13
Antisplat cowl flap

Not saying you don't have an issue with high temps on one side that needs to be addressed, but I really like my Antisplat cowl flap. I installed one on my 6A and get at least 5 degrees F of benefit...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-13-2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,135
Posted By jpowell13
It's doable.

I've parked my 6A on the ramp at BTR for 8 years. I pay nothing. I was able to get a Ramp pass to drive my truck and tools through the gate. I have an little 2000 watt generator for electricity when...
Forum: RV-14 08-10-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,446
Posted By jpowell13
I did the final assembly of my 6A on the ramp at...

I did the final assembly of my 6A on the ramp at BTR in Baton Rouge. My FBO owner was a warbird rebuilder and very sympathetic. He would open the gate allowing me to drive through with my trailered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,844
Posted By jpowell13
My old instructor would say, "anything but a...

My old instructor would say, "anything but a hatchet knot".
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-22-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
Posted By jpowell13
Test flew for about 40 minutes today after...

Test flew for about 40 minutes today after replacing all my fuel/oil lines, fuel pump, spark plugs, induction tube couplings/gaskets and doing all those engine compartment checks for the annual. All...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-21-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
Posted By jpowell13
Thanks for sharing David. I'll ground test the...

Thanks for sharing David. I'll ground test the engine and make sure the carb is not flooding. Will also grease the o-ring next year, but the o-ring doesn't seem to be sticking. The problem is that...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-20-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
Posted By jpowell13
It's already reassembled Tom. I'll do that next...

It's already reassembled Tom. I'll do that next year though. John
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-20-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
Posted By jpowell13
Inspecting the gascolator

I'm probably the only one on the website who hadn't figured this out. Year after year at inspection time I sweated getting the bowl off my blue Vans gascolator. Even with the sump valve opened vapor...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-18-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,578
Posted By jpowell13
Welding rod

An A&P suggested using welding rod and threading the ends. Can't remember the specific rod I used, but I remember chipping the coating off a couple of sticks I had in the shop.. It's still working...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-13-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,456
Posted By jpowell13
Well done Smokey. (Exodus 20:12)

Well done Smokey. (Exodus 20:12)
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-07-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,336
Posted By jpowell13
What prop?

Don't know what prop you have but if it's fixed, your idle RPM needs to be low for shorter landings. John
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-22-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,655
Posted By jpowell13
North Louisiana?

How about north Louisiana near Arcadia. The name of the course is Trails End. 5F0 is located at the center of the golf course between the front 9 and the back 9. The north end of the runway is just a...
Forum: ADS-B 06-04-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,702
Posted By jpowell13
I bought a Stratux but it failed after about a...

I bought a Stratux but it failed after about a year. I just ordered the Dynon because all I need is ADSB in and the price is right. This will be my third portable ADSB receiver. I've gotten use to...
Forum: Propellers 02-10-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,309
Posted By jpowell13
Mike, I bought my fixed pitch Sensinich prop and...

Mike, I bought my fixed pitch Sensinich prop and prop extension from Vans. The extention was specific to my cowling and engine as I recall. I'm guessing the specs for the prop extension are still in...
Forum: Propellers 02-10-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,309
Posted By jpowell13
I went from a fixed pitch Sensi to the ground...

I went from a fixed pitch Sensi to the ground adjustable Sensi. Was able to use my existing prop extension. The new prop required new bolts however. John
Forum: Propellers 02-09-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,309
Posted By jpowell13
I set mine at 4 (the nominal setting) on my 160hp...

I set mine at 4 (the nominal setting) on my 160hp 6A. My static RPM is 2300+. I have to be careful not to over-rev doing loops etc. But, like YellerDaisy said, you will really appreciate better...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,219
Posted By jpowell13
RV7A Flyer, Where did you get your custom vinyl...

RV7A Flyer, Where did you get your custom vinyl stickers? John
Forum: Flight Testing 02-02-2021, 08:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,290
Posted By jpowell13
I did my own first flight after some excellent...

I did my own first flight after some excellent transition training from Mike Seager in Ol' Blue, a 6A that is very similar to mine. I really wanted to do the first flight and had no kids or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,219
Posted By jpowell13
Mine cracked 2" at first engine start (2012) on...

Mine cracked 2" at first engine start (2012) on the passage side. Stop drilled it, then, it extended another couple of inches on a very cold morning in Richmond, VA. Stop drilled it again, used a...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-19-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,387
Posted By jpowell13
CXO

I've landed at Conroe several times. Never a problem. Always parked at General Aviation FBO and was happy with the service. John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 30,518
Posted By jpowell13
Worth it if you go x-country

Just made a trip from Baton Rouge to Hot Springs and back. Weather was perfect until time for the return flight. We filed IFR, climbed to 7000 and had a beautiful flight over the deck back home....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,864
Posted By jpowell13
Radios

I installed a second radio as an emergency backup radio. It has it's own set of headphone jacks and is on a separate breaker. If there is a problem with my primary radio I can plug my headphones into...
Forum: Safety 12-04-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,976
Posted By jpowell13
Night currency

Bit of a hassle staying night current, but I always get my night landings in before heading out on a long cross country. When the schedule doesn't go as planned and the last half hour of your flight...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-02-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,888
Posted By jpowell13
It always seems to work out.

If you have a Garrmin handheld GPS with the AOPA directory in the database you can usually find a gate code to exit the airport fence.

We made an unscheduled landing in Fort Sumner, NM one Sunday...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,533
Posted By jpowell13
My wife had no interest in building, but she had...

My wife had no interest in building, but she had no problem with my building and no problem with me buying the kit. I tried to keep the project in it's proper place priority wise which is why it...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-25-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,389
Posted By jpowell13
Wheelchair battery

I use a 35ah AGM wheelchair battery on the cabin side of the firewall in my 6A. It's heavier than the new batteries, but that may be a good option. When I changed my prop from a Sensi metal to a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-17-2020, 11:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,499
Posted By jpowell13
Thanks for the pirep. Really good to know that my...

Thanks for the pirep. Really good to know that my servo mounts and some or all of the senders can be used. Guess it's time to call Stein.

I have a Trutrak Gemini PFD n the panel. I was considering...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-16-2020, 09:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,499
Posted By jpowell13
TRUTRAK to G3X

I've nursed my TRUTRAK EFIS/autopilot along for seven years in my 6A. I still like it, but the screen keeps going out due to a ribbon cable connector problem. The 7" G3X would fit my space, and I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2020, 02:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,396
Posted By jpowell13
Just scanned replies but didn't see battery...

Just scanned replies but didn't see battery charger/tender.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-09-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 17,078
Posted By jpowell13
Question

I was taught to hold the stick back (with ailerons neutral and power back) kick in opposite rudder to stop spin, then push forward on the stick (immediately) until you're flying again and then pull...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,412
Posted By jpowell13
My 6A was a little left wing heavy. The rigging...

My 6A was a little left wing heavy. The rigging looked right to me and the trailing edges of the ailerons had the same radius based on my measurements. I reluctantly squeezed the trailing edge of my...
Forum: Reviews 10-01-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,651
Posted By jpowell13
Vetterman

Just wanted to thank Clint at Vetterman for repairing one of my pipes. His repair was beautiful, he turned it around quickly and charged peanuts. Made me glad I bought a Vetterman exhaust system. ...
Forum: Texas (North) 09-29-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,689
Posted By jpowell13
Agree

Even Texans seem to make fun of Lubbock (KLBB), but I had to overnight there once due to weather. The FBO, Uber driver and diner I ate at were all great. Enjoyed my unplanned stop. John
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