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Forum: Electrical Systems 12-12-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By Tom Martin
Although I can see the advantage of a normally...

Although I can see the advantage of a normally closed relay I worry about a situation where you would Not be able to turn off that equipment.
I much prefer the simplicity of splitting the avionic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By Tom Martin
Fix the wobble first. Take all top or bottom...

Fix the wobble first. Take all top or bottom spark plugs out so that you can move the engine freely. Mark the centre of the spinner as best you can with a small black dot. Now set a step latter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 775
Posted By Tom Martin
I have flown extensively in the US and Canada, my...

I have flown extensively in the US and Canada, my home country, and there very few differences in regards to freedom of flight. I could fly coast to coast here without talking to anyone with the...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By Tom Martin
The glass parts on my 14, with the exception of...

The glass parts on my 14, with the exception of the rudder top and VS top, of excellent fit. They were not gel coated at that time and this would be a nice addition to the kit.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-03-2017, 06:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,493
Posted By Tom Martin
Screens do fail, for hardware and or software...

Screens do fail, for hardware and or software issues. All these remote boxes are great but if the screen goes dark you could find yourself in pickle. The easy answer of course is a back up screen....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 296
Views: 53,824
Posted By Tom Martin
Safety note: a bit off topic but please put a...

Safety note: a bit off topic but please put a tennis ball or empty water bottle on that antenna tip if you are working under the airplane. While on a creeper I had the end of the antennae slide...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,098
Posted By Tom Martin
A quick build tapered wing that would fit the...

A quick build tapered wing that would fit the newer model RV's. I have an EVO wing rocket and just love the speed range. The higher you go the better the wing behaves relative to the square...
Forum: Rocket 11-27-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,798
Posted By Tom Martin
Yes torque tube is under the floor. the bearings...

Yes torque tube is under the floor. the bearings are the composite style used by Van's.
Forum: Rocket 11-27-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,798
Posted By Tom Martin
Mike Here is another option that keeps things low...

Mike
Here is another option that keeps things low to the ground.

http://i65.tinypic.com/hvns6u.jpg

This is an old picture and I do not have one with the cover removed. What you do is mount the...
Forum: Canada 11-21-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,970
Posted By Tom Martin
To keep life simple: If you are building a...

To keep life simple: If you are building a standard RV just ask your inspector which wording he would like to see in the log book and what equipment is required.

You can be happy or you can be right.
Forum: RV-14 11-18-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,098
Posted By Tom Martin
A word of caution. Most websites are first time...

A word of caution. Most websites are first time builders like yourself. It is comforting to read how other builders, just ahead of yourself, are dealing with issues, but carefully read the RV14...
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2017, 03:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,036
Posted By Tom Martin
In regards to the flap position indicator I have...

In regards to the flap position indicator I have to say, "enough is enough"
It is easy, I mean really easy to just look outside and see where the flaps are positioned relative to the aileron. For...
Forum: Rocket 11-14-2017, 01:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 752
Posted By Tom Martin
Well it is so unnecessarily complicated that it...

Well it is so unnecessarily complicated that it must be British
Forum: RV-14 11-09-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,354
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 trip review

My wife and I recently returned from a flight to Arizona in the new RV14. We departed southern Ontario, CYQS and cleared customs in Port Clinton KPCW, Ohio. The next stop was Mt Vernon for fuel and...
Forum: Rocket 11-06-2017, 11:18 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,798
Posted By Tom Martin
I went back to my 2003 F1 rocket. It had an...

I went back to my 2003 F1 rocket. It had an empty weight of 1196 lbs. The engine was a stock I0540 C4B5, Battery in the aft baggage compartment.
With a 175 pound pilot and full fuel, 52 gallons, the...
Forum: Rocket 11-05-2017, 07:30 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,798
Posted By Tom Martin
Larry Even the RV4 is dramatically different then...

Larry
Even the RV4 is dramatically different then the "normal" aerobatic aircraft, citabria, Pitts, etc. It is very easy to exceed Vne in a RV4 if one was to enter a split S too fast, as an example....
Forum: Rocket 11-05-2017, 02:03 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,798
Posted By Tom Martin
Based on your questions I highly recommend that...

Based on your questions I highly recommend that you get some professional help before proceeding further. Rockets are slippery and if you happen to fall out of a manoever they will rapidly exceed...
Forum: RV-10 11-02-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,791
Posted By Tom Martin
I have been in this game for a long time and I...

I have been in this game for a long time and I can say with a great deal of confidence, "on average the quality of a finished aircraft, using quick built assemblies, is much better then most first...
Forum: RV-14 10-18-2017, 05:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,629
Posted By Tom Martin
Graham, thanks for that information. Is it in the...

Graham, thanks for that information. Is it in the configuration page or can it be done in the inflight autopilot setup?
This would be a welcome feature.
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2017, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,629
Posted By Tom Martin
Yes, pretty much everything is garmin and we will...

Yes, pretty much everything is garmin and we will give it the cross country test. Copperstate looks interesting, I have never been. The weather will dictate our travels.
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,629
Posted By Tom Martin
autopilot update

Yesterday I got both new servos mounted and went through the ground tests.
Christer, at Stein air, tried to talk me through the trim set up but as usual I got lost at step two! Anyways.. A Cirrus...
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2017, 02:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,544
Posted By Tom Martin
The hinge is as supplied with the RV14. It is a...

The hinge is as supplied with the RV14. It is a nice design that works well.
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2017, 05:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,544
Posted By Tom Martin
Improved oil funnel

I am sure that many of you have received that little oil spout that comes with a case of Phillips oil. It is a nice unit that screws right into the dipstick tube. The only problem is that it is to...
Forum: Autopilots 10-16-2017, 05:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,817
Posted By Tom Martin
Stein shipped a servo out friday afternoon and I...

Stein shipped a servo out friday afternoon and I had it first thing this morning. I replaced the faulty roll servo and now, finally, have no error messages. Christer at Steinair, got me going with...
Forum: Autopilots 10-14-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,817
Posted By Tom Martin
Hey Tom I can not explain it. Initially an error...

Hey Tom
I can not explain it. Initially an error message showed the pitch servo had a "hardware" issue. I replaced that servo and now have the same message coming from the roll servo. Maybe the...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 936
Posted By Tom Martin
I flew the first 25 hours off with out the...

I flew the first 25 hours off with out the springs in the system. I wanted to feel what the roll forces were without the springs. The plane is quite a bit more stable then all the other RVs, with...
Forum: Autopilots 10-13-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,817
Posted By Tom Martin
Bad Garmin Servos

I have been making great progress with the new RV14, the building part is done, the hours are flown off, I have the final flight permits with the restrictions removed. The only issue I am having is...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,351
Posted By Tom Martin
Flight restrictions removed

We had a 8 day period of beautiful weather at the beginning of October and I was able to get my 25 hours flown off in 8 action packed days. Today after submitting the paperwork yesterday I got my...
Forum: Canada 10-11-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,317
Posted By Tom Martin
As Ron said, contact a local broker. Let him...

As Ron said, contact a local broker. Let him know that you will be getting a number of packages over the next year, or years.
I deal with buckland Customs brokers. Fees are not terrible
For example...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,910
Posted By Tom Martin
I have 25 hours on the 14 now, 10 with the "new"...

I have 25 hours on the 14 now, 10 with the "new" exhaust hangers. If your system is working ok, leave it alone. If you are getting any vibrations in the tunnel or side skins then consider what I...
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,140
Posted By Tom Martin
1. remove gel coat from cowling, one to two...

1. remove gel coat from cowling, one to two inches away from the faring

2. use a stiff mixture or flox and epoxy to build up the area around faring

3. One layer of glass cloth over the flox mix

4....
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,340
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 climb test

In Canada one of the requirements for a final flight permit is a climb test. This is a steady rate of climb for three minutes. It is a non event for any RV or rocket but for low power airplanes on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-07-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,521
Posted By Tom Martin
best post ever

best post ever
Forum: RV-10 10-06-2017, 09:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,707
Posted By Tom Martin
My RV4 was painted black and I really liked it....

My RV4 was painted black and I really liked it. It was warmer on the ground but in flight there were no issues. It was VERY visible in the air, many pilots noted that.
There are thousands, likely...
Forum: RV-14 10-06-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,910
Posted By Tom Martin
Rainy day here today so I pulled the cowling to...

Rainy day here today so I pulled the cowling to see why the exhaust pipe was off centre. There is one attachment to the engine block and the clamp that goes with that hanger is supposed to secure...
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,910
Posted By Tom Martin
Thanks Greg. I checked out the plans and saw the...

Thanks Greg. I checked out the plans and saw the video and I am not really sure what they are trying to demonstrate in the 3 sec shot? Perhaps my system did not download the sound file?
I will keep...
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,910
Posted By Tom Martin
Scott Yes you are correct the pipe has move a...

Scott
Yes you are correct the pipe has move a bit off centre, I will correct
that. Every aircraft is different. The supplied hangers were installed as per plans and the bolts not too tight. Sound...
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,910
Posted By Tom Martin
1st flight with new isolators on exhaust got rid...

1st flight with new isolators on exhaust got rid of almost all tunnel vibrations. Sound is subjective but seemed a lot quieter at all rpms.
So far I am impressed with the difference. The stock...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2017, 05:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,910
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 Exhaust hanger

I am noticing a bit of vibration in the tunnel and side skins of the RV14. The aircraft is also a bit louder in the cockpit then I am used to.
When I installed the aft exhaust pipe hanger I wondered...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2017, 02:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,714
Posted By Tom Martin
Yes it was better to install the wheel pants...

Yes it was better to install the wheel pants early in the build. The gear fairings and upper and lower fairings are done later.
Forum: RV-14 10-03-2017, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,714
Posted By Tom Martin
Four nice flying days later and I have 14 hours...

Four nice flying days later and I have 14 hours on the aircraft. Most of my issues have been related to electronics. Nothing serious, basically just learning how to use the Garmin system and make...
Forum: RV-14 09-30-2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,714
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 first flight

Took off this morning for a first flight, serial # 140153, from my farm grass strip.

https://youtu.be/B3DWzwSPyVo

Here is a picture of the brand new aircraft in my friend Ed Perl's brand new...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,071
Posted By Tom Martin
Stewart had the answer. It is a piano hinge with...

Stewart had the answer. It is a piano hinge with a wire that you pull from the front inlet. A fun little project that has nice clean lines.
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,140
Posted By Tom Martin
Still waiting, it has been two weeks since...

Still waiting, it has been two weeks since inspection!
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 02:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 755
Posted By Tom Martin
Day one the VS glass tip is too wide to match the...

Day one
the VS glass tip is too wide to match the rudder glass tip. Job one is to clocoe the VS tip to the VS. Now remove the part and split it into two pieces, left and right. then sand a small...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,002
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 detail #3

The canopy handle is very functional but also not very comfortable on the hand. The aircraft really deserves something better. I carved a piece of black walnut and bonded it to the original part and...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 12:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,140
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 detail 5

This is a shot of the forward upper gear leg faring. It has been recessed into the cowling to make a smooth transition between the cowling and the upper gear...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 755
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 detail 6

This is one of the most critical issues on the RV14 from a purely visual. The upper glass parts do not really fit that well and the two pieces do not align properly

The forward piece is too wide and...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 12:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 566
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 details 4

This shot shows the rear tail farings.
Note the reduced number of screws
Note that the aft plate has been built up to be flush with the forward part and also curved to match the curve of the forward...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 12:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,071
Posted By Tom Martin
finishing details #2

Here is a shot of the fastener free oil door! Try to figure out how that works!

https://photos.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/i-HmL9VDf/0/66f3a23b/X3/IMG_6427-X3.jpg
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 761
Posted By Tom Martin
14 finishing details

A few pictures of finished details. Note that this is just at the primer stage. Before paint there would be one more sanding and filling stage but this is at the point where I want to fly the plane...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2017, 07:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,459
Posted By Tom Martin
Canopy release

I know that this has likely been discussed before but the RV14 is a bit different then the other RVs in regard to the canopy release. It would be nice to have a discussion about what will happen if...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2017, 07:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,407
Posted By Tom Martin
Thanks to all for the nice comments. Sanding and...

Thanks to all for the nice comments. Sanding and final primer on gear legs and wheel pants this morning. I was told that my flight permit should be here in a day or two. The delay has allowed me to...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2017, 04:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,407
Posted By Tom Martin
24 years

This month marks a milestone for me. It was 24 years ago, this month, that I purchased a RV4 kit, sept 1993. There was no VAF, very little internet action; I was not even aware of the EAA. I had a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 956
Posted By Tom Martin
The RV14 is a complicated because of the exhaust...

The RV14 is a complicated because of the exhaust tunnel that extends almost back to the main spar. Even if there was room to put a gascolator under the fuel valve, in that location, it would be most...
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2017, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 803
Posted By Tom Martin
Basically the last thing that I did.

Basically the last thing that I did.
Forum: Tools 09-13-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 661
Posted By Tom Martin
The reality is that there are not that many...

The reality is that there are not that many locations where you could use the tool for riviting. For example, almost none of the main fuselage and wing skins. Would it be handy at times? Yes, but...
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,609
Posted By Tom Martin
Thanks Gil. I looked at the website and was not...

Thanks Gil. I looked at the website and was not able to find it and called the help desk and got some of the numbers but your list is much better.
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,609
Posted By Tom Martin
RV14 V speeds

My final inspection is coming up and I need to get some airspeed numbers to enter into the Garmin system.

Specifically I need the top and bottom of the green and white arcs and the Vne of for the...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2017, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Tom Martin
Right you are! I played with the spreadsheet to...

Right you are! I played with the spreadsheet to get the exact minimum pilot weight for a maximum fuel weight of 300 lbs. As you burn fuel the c of g goes aft

with full fuel you would need a pilot...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Tom Martin
No real mods for weight reduction, other then...

No real mods for weight reduction, other then light interior paint, no side panels, carpet etc.

The C of G worked out as Van's suggested, and with a gross weight of 2050 you can have 250 pilot, a...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Tom Martin
WEIGHT AND BALANCE

I did the weight and balance on the RV14 today. Dead calm air allowed me to do the job outside which is very nice. The aircraft came in at 1227 lbs which is 13 lbs less then the factory specs. ...
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