Richard Simmons
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Air box to carb hose

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Austin May 14, 2020. 4 Replies

Canopy strut for 601XL

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Hoyt May 24, 2019. 2 Replies

PBOR2 Pilots Bill Of Rights

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Ryan Feb 13, 2017. 4 Replies


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Air box to carb hose

Guys,I am running a Jabiru 3300 in my 601.When I built it, I used a radiator hose from Napa that was suggested by several.Does anyone know the part number. I can’t find it.I think my hose may be collapsing in flight now.Thanks,Richard SimmonsSee More
May 11, 2020
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"Hi Richard I like your color scheme, what green is that?"
Feb 6, 2020
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Canopy strut for 601XL

So my struts I think are aging out and getting weak.I contacted SUSPA for a replacement but raising the force from 40lbs to 50lbs.Original part #C16-1486 40lbsNew part #C16-18802 50lbsJust an FYIRichSee More
May 13, 2019

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Sharin part of my taxi test

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 6:22am 2 Comments

So, I just want to share the excitement in my voice for the taxi test.

If your stuck and need motivation, maybe this will help!

Ill get to fly soon!

Still have items to do but My plane has arrived!!

2 1/4" Instrument panel holes

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 7:00am 3 Comments

I was wondering, what folks are using to cut the holes in the instrument panel to place round gauges.

I need to cut 3 2 1/4" holes and only want to do it once.


Please share what you are using and or method.



Rich simmons

Murfreesboro, TN


Looking at next spring flight!  (I hope!)

Christening Aircraft???

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 9:52am 3 Comments

On a side note!

Are aircraft to be christned when named?

If so, what is the tradition and cerimonial procedures?


Somethnig for fun,



Nose Gear - 601 vs. 650

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:00am 1 Comment

It seems to me I read somewhere that the Nose gear tube length (height) changed for the 650 vs. the 601 or at some point there was a change.


Can anyone tell me if this is true?


Thanks for your help!


FYI, after I close my LH wing up this week, I can now call my 601XL a 601XLB.


Wasnt that fun!


Glad the rebuild is over and now I am off to finishing and maybe hearing it run this fall.


Again, thanks…


MGL Enigma

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 11:30am 4 Comments

Any folks out there using the MGL Enigma?
Tell me about your experiences if you don't mind.

I'm soon to start wiring and any experience you can share would be helpful.


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At 4:50am on February 6, 2020, Greg O'Shannessy said…

Hi Richard

I like your color scheme, what green is that?

At 6:55am on February 26, 2017, Scott Smith said…
Thanks again, great info! I plan to follow the same path. I would like to finish in 5 years or less. We'll see how that goes. :)
At 5:27am on February 26, 2017, Scott Smith said…
I could probably finance a new airplane, but what fun would that be!? No I'm a builder. Before I buy the rudder starter kit I'd like to get a little practice though, so I am buying the RV-12 tool box kit. I can screw up everything possible and not have to fly it!
At 1:03pm on February 25, 2017, Scott Smith said…
Thanks for the reply Richard. Unfortunately, Tennessee is a bit too far from Southern California to drop in. Maybe when I get my airplane built I'll fly it over there!
I'm watching videos of CH 650 builds. I am excited.
At 9:15am on August 30, 2016, Carlos Sa said…

Hello, Richard

Thanks for the info - fortunately I have solved my problem.

I searched all  over the 'net, and ended up ordering the seal from Uni-Grip, as described by Brian Manlove.

This seal is difficult to put in place, it's heavier than the provided seal, but it closes the gap very well and looks very nice. I'll post a picture when I'm done with the canopy: presently re-making one of the flashings.

Thanks for taking the time



At 3:47pm on August 20, 2016, Carlos Sa said…
Hello, Richard

I read your post dated 2014, when you were looking for a seal for the canopy.
I am in a similar situation... How did you solve the problem?

Thanks in advance for any tips

At 3:59pm on June 25, 2015, Chad Scriver said…
Richard. I actually used CA(Model Aircraft building glue). The seal won't ever come off. It's permanent and would be a nightmare to change down the road.... But it's on there 1000%!! When the time comes to change it..... I don't know what I'll do. Either an new canopy or a hell of a lot of scraping and debonder if it'll work that long down the road. I used the thick stuff. Any hobby shop has it. I used the "foam safe" CA so it wouldn't cloud the canopy. Hope this helps! Cheers! Chad
At 2:42am on December 11, 2014, Louis W. Ott said…

Hi Rich,

I'll get the polishing materials I used next time I get to the hangar. I think I did sort of stumble across the holy grail of polishing. You haven't seen the bottom of my wings yet. Not good {:^)


At 3:56pm on December 11, 2013, David Gallagher said…



My ram air ducts do not vary much from the instructions from Jabiru USA.  I glued in little dams over the front two cylinders that are about 3/8" high.  The most I did was to vary the very front of the ducts where they cover cylinders #1 and #2.  I think I had to build up the height of right side and reduced the left side height based on actual flight test CHT data.  I see you have the newer style of engine, as opposed to the initial solid lifter and initial fin design.  That is a plus as I heard guys with the old design had more CHT issues than poeple with later engines.  Unless Jabiru USA has any new instructions, for first flights I would just put the little dams over the front two cylinders and fly.  Initial flight tests will have warm CHT's and after the first 25 hours, they will taper down to nice levels.  Your first ground runs will have the engine CHT's warm up real quick and might concern you about being able to make it to the end of the runway for your first flight.  Just keep these first taxi tests short and observe the limits.  It will get better as you break the engine in.  My first 25 hours were in warm summer temps and I never had to cut a flight short due to CHT levels.  I recall, at around hour 20 or so, making a full power climb from ground (910 MSL) to 10,000 MSL with no power reductions due to CHT concerns.


Good luck,




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