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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 01:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 647
Posted By Tom Martin
I use a very simple system. The hardware comes...

I use a very simple system. The hardware comes in little paper bags, each with a number. I cut the top of the bag off, leaving the bag number.
The bags get placed on a large tray in numerical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,418
Posted By Tom Martin
Bob, thanks for posting and it is nice to hear...

Bob, thanks for posting and it is nice to hear from you again!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,873
Posted By Tom Martin
No, you would lose that bet. The switch was taken...

No, you would lose that bet. The switch was taken apart and examined. It was flawed in the making.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,873
Posted By Tom Martin
My RV4, with a brand new key switch caused...

My RV4, with a brand new key switch caused intermittent backfires on startup. This would shear a pin in the lycoming starter.
I happened a few times before I changed switches and I carried a spar...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,566
Posted By Tom Martin
It sounds like there should be no issues with...

It sounds like there should be no issues with this bearing, if, as Scott mentions, it is installed properly. The fact that this tightness has been discussed on this list by folks who are...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,566
Posted By Tom Martin
The RV 14 is a wonderful example of how new...

The RV 14 is a wonderful example of how new technology has improved the design, and quality of parts. I do have a concern about this particularly part of the airplane in terms of maintenance. If...
Forum: Tools 09-20-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,103
Posted By Tom Martin
If you are using a band saw to cut stiffeners you...

If you are using a band saw to cut stiffeners you are wasting hours and hours of time. Stiffeners are easily cut with old fashioned tin snips. Do not use the short aviation style, the longer the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-20-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,483
Posted By Tom Martin
My eci cylinders were a constant pain. I replace...

My eci cylinders were a constant pain. I replace rings three times in 950 hours. The rings would delaminates and eventually I had to rebuild the whole engine due to the ring metal in the system. New...
Forum: Tools 09-19-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,103
Posted By Tom Martin
I really do not think you will need one for the...

I really do not think you will need one for the RV14.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-15-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,166
Posted By Tom Martin
You can also put a drop of weld on the worn spot...

You can also put a drop of weld on the worn spot and file it to the correct profile. A chain saw file works well for this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 701
Posted By Tom Martin
I think there are better options now. For my eyes...

I think there are better options now. For my eyes it is too small. Check out the Garmin G5
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,166
Posted By Tom Martin
Terry Jantzi, RV6, was the original designer of...

Terry Jantzi, RV6, was the original designer of the RV/Rocket steering link, around 20 years ago. I did the initial flights with the unit on my rocket and I think that is how it got the "Rocket...
Forum: RV-14 09-14-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,294
Posted By Tom Martin
Please take this advice as a suggestion rather...

Please take this advice as a suggestion rather then criticism. Yes your trailing edge is straight, not perfect but acceptable. Where I would make a change is that there are noticeable gaps between...
Forum: Primers 09-13-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,411
Posted By Tom Martin
I do not always prime but for where you live it...

I do not always prime but for where you live it would likely be a good idea.
Forget the rattle cans. If you are going to prime do it right. I have found that 100LL fuel will often easily remove...
Forum: Safety 09-10-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,776
Posted By Tom Martin
treat every landing as if it was a go around so...

treat every landing as if it was a go around so that you are ready if you actually have to go around.
If you have trouble with bouncing, try levelling off over the runway and trying NOT to let the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,676
Posted By Tom Martin
If you had to pick a location for heat and...

If you had to pick a location for heat and vibration that would be the one!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,676
Posted By Tom Martin
I have installed the "cube" in many different...

I have installed the "cube" in many different locations over the years in numerous aircraft. Some of the locations are in the "list" of bad locations that was posted. All installations have been...
Forum: Rocket 09-01-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,358
Posted By Tom Martin
A RV8 is a nice looking airplane until you park...

A RV8 is a nice looking airplane until you park it beside a Rocket.
Forum: RV-4 08-17-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 779
Posted By Tom Martin
If you have the engine mount there is no reason...

If you have the engine mount there is no reason not to drill them to size now. I did the last HRII this way and had the engine mount bolted to the jig and firewall for construction. In place of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,600
Posted By Tom Martin
An efficient, long legged, 230 knot piston single...

An efficient, long legged, 230 knot piston single that can also operate fully loaded out of a half mile long strip is not quite so easy to come by. That's my mission, so that's what my next airplane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,600
Posted By Tom Martin
The RV14 was my eleventh and last plane. I would...

The RV14 was my eleventh and last plane. I would however be very interested in a high wing, NO strut, aluminum RV. Tail wheel of course. The RV14 gear would be perfect but I would want a heavier...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 670
Posted By Tom Martin
This may be the one you are thinking about. 11...

This may be the one you are thinking about. 11 years and 1000 hours on the rocket. A lot of it on grass with no problems at all.

http://i64.tinypic.com/wrntvl.jpg
Forum: Rocket 08-10-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By Tom Martin
A suggestion for the dipstick: Get a 3” flange...

A suggestion for the dipstick:
Get a 3” flange from acs, cut a three inch hole in the plenum,and rivet the flange under your plenum directly over the dipstick.
Remove dipstick assembly from engine....
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,495
Posted By Tom Martin
Cut off the little flange, looks to be an inch...

Cut off the little flange, looks to be an inch and a bit long. Take a piece of aluminum angle, the same gauge, and use as a replacement. Drill hole in skin first to the flange and clecoe in place,...
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,495
Posted By Tom Martin
Cut off the little flange, looks to be an inch...

Cut off the little flange, looks to be an inch and a bit long. Take a piece of aluminum angle, the same gauge, and use as a replacement. Drill hole in skin first to the flange and clecoe in place,...
Forum: Rocket 08-05-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 817
Posted By Tom Martin
The longer wings will be better at altitude,...

The longer wings will be better at altitude, research parasitic drag vs. Induced drag. The downside, and for me a major factor, is that those longer wings can not be used with the larger engine. This...
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,503
Posted By Tom Martin
There are excellent seat suppliers available. I...

There are excellent seat suppliers available. I am sure that you would also be able to find quality upholsterers in Germany. Vanísdid a good job with the offset of the rudder and I did not ever feel...
Forum: Safety 08-01-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,933
Posted By Tom Martin
This is a great thread. My rocket gets quite tail...

This is a great thread. My rocket gets quite tail sensitive aft loaded. We all have to consider a worst case scenario where we are aft loaded, landing with low fuel and engine out. Higher landing...
Forum: RV-14 07-31-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,935
Posted By Tom Martin
When making changes to my aircraft I always fly...

When making changes to my aircraft I always fly beside a buddy before and after the change. We note his power setting for the first flight and then he flies that same setting for the "change" It is...
Forum: RV-14 07-31-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,935
Posted By Tom Martin
Here is the RV14 using stock mags last fall on my...

Here is the RV14 using stock mags last fall on my way to Arizona.

I have been a long time user of one electronic ignition/ one mag, on my previous planes but went with mags for simplicity on the...
Forum: Rocket 07-25-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 884
Posted By Tom Martin
I have twenty years with rockets, having built...

I have twenty years with rockets, having built two HRIIs and five F1s. The standard wing(sport wing) F1 is very similar to the HRII. The main differences are mostly internal parts with the F1...
Forum: Tools 07-21-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,161
Posted By Tom Martin
I built three planes using the nutplates as a...

I built three planes using the nutplates as a jig. Then I used a nutplate jig for the next 8 planes. It is a lot faster and more accurate in my opinion. I use just one tool set up for the most common...
Forum: RV-14 07-07-2018, 03:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,201
Posted By Tom Martin
The pictures I posted in this thread are stock...

The pictures I posted in this thread are stock RV14 stiffeners, as per plans, in the tail cone of the fuselage. We reported this to Van’s staff in late December 2017
Forum: Tools 07-03-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 774
Posted By Tom Martin
Take a bolt with the correct shank size, both...

Take a bolt with the correct shank size, both length and diameter. Cut off both ends. Drill a hole in each end deep enough for the dimple die. Use a piece of and old drill bit or bolt of the...
Forum: Canada 07-02-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By Tom Martin
Rockcliff is quite a bit closer to Downtown...

Rockcliff is quite a bit closer to Downtown Ottawa. I would suggest a route from customs to Sudbury North Bay Pembrooke, Ottawa. It is a bit farther but there are roads. A direct flight takes you...
Forum: RV-14 07-01-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By Tom Martin
If you are winging the plane yourself,...

If you are winging the plane yourself, particularly the tail, there really is no need for connecters. Leave a six or eight inch service loop. Test the trim to make sure it works right then wire...
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,201
Posted By Tom Martin
At this point folks should just contact Van's for...

At this point folks should just contact Van's for further guidance or information. If you are building move on to the wings and leave the aft fuse alone until the fix is announced. I would not add...
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2018, 04:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,201
Posted By Tom Martin
Mark, we were told that this had happened on...

Mark, we were told that this had happened on other RV14s, both nose and tail wheel models. That is all the information that was supplied by Vanís.
Forum: RV-14 06-25-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,201
Posted By Tom Martin
We have had some issues with the stiffeners in...

We have had some issues with the stiffeners in the flying RV14 that I built. Mel is correct that cracks may occur at the end of stiffeners that are not attached to the adjacent bulkhead. I first...
Forum: RV-14 06-21-2018, 03:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,569
Posted By Tom Martin
It looks like you have pop riveted the faring on?...

It looks like you have pop riveted the faring on? The 14 parts are not perfect but light years ahead of previous models. Drill out these pop rivets and then place it on the fuse without any pressure...
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,386
Posted By Tom Martin
I have had 13 first flights in new aircraft over...

I have had 13 first flights in new aircraft over the last 25 years. My most exciting and memorable first flight was the one I did not do, on my new RV4. At the time I had about 400 hours, 300 tail...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-12-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,352
Posted By Tom Martin
Before removing the stab make some templates of...

Before removing the stab make some templates of hole locations using aluminium scraps. Mark the centre line on the fuse and your old stab. Make the same line on the template.
Making these templates...
Forum: Safety 06-07-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,825
Posted By Tom Martin
Great thread. One thing not discussed is control...

Great thread. One thing not discussed is control tube length. This is not a factor in the rod ends used in the tail surfaces.
At one time exact accurate measurements were not given in the plans for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-03-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,064
Posted By Tom Martin
Keep in mind using any type of arming system that...

Keep in mind using any type of arming system that you do not make it so complicated that an inflight restart requires extra steps.
Forum: RV-14 06-03-2018, 03:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,242
Posted By Tom Martin
By using the new engine at low power settings you...

By using the new engine at low power settings you risk not getting the piston rings to seat properly. This could result in excessive oil consumption, reduced power etc.
I know how exciting it is to...
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,242
Posted By Tom Martin
Use Pat Hatch's idea about using a heat gun to...

Use Pat Hatch's idea about using a heat gun to trouble shoot your sensor wires.
Try to keep engine starts to the bare minimum. First start to confirm oil pressure and that sensors are working, one...
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,504
Posted By Tom Martin
You should go with a stronger fuse, 5 to 7amps,...

You should go with a stronger fuse, 5 to 7amps, if the wire size will accommodate that current. If not then replace the wire with a larger size and fuse. I am sure that someone will step in with...
Forum: RV-14 05-22-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,248
Posted By Tom Martin
Ken I have one mag and one electronic. I have...

Ken
I have one mag and one electronic. I have flown many different versions. As this appears to be your first build I would recommend two mags, ease of cervicability etc. It will one less thing to...
Forum: RV-14 05-22-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,650
Posted By Tom Martin
Scott, I never did test the difference between...

Scott, I never did test the difference between the "0" setting and the -3 or reflex setting. I can understand how it would climb a bit better in the "0" but what is the actual climb difference in...
Forum: RV-14 05-22-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,650
Posted By Tom Martin
When I was flying the fourteen I used three...

When I was flying the fourteen I used three settings. All the way up, all the way down and half way down for take off and base to final turn.
When you can see three screws on the aileron the flaps...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,500
Posted By Tom Martin
To be fair: There is a lot more room in the back...

To be fair: There is a lot more room in the back of a Rocket then there is in a RV4. That was one of the deciding factors in my switch from the RV4 to Rockets. The RV4 rear seat is challenging for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2018, 11:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,500
Posted By Tom Martin
There are just a handful of guys that have been...

There are just a handful of guys that have been flying RVs an rockets longer then I have. Here is my reality; my wife and I like to travel in the airplane but certainly it would not be her favourite...
Forum: Rocket 05-18-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,383
Posted By Tom Martin
Nice work! on my first rocket I did something...

Nice work! on my first rocket I did something similar, except only half the compartment as I still had the battery back there. At that time no one was putting the aft baggage area in and thus we...
Forum: RV-14 05-16-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,439
Posted By Tom Martin
Take a coat hanger and use it to make “templates...

Take a coat hanger and use it to make “templates “ for your tank float wires. Better yet go to a lumber yard and see if you can find some softer more bendable wire for the template. We used to get a...
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,368
Posted By Tom Martin
Do as much as possible at home. If you have the...

Do as much as possible at home. If you have the room, at home, mount the wings and check the flight controls and all the electrical systems. It is not hard to install wings with hardware bolts at...
Forum: RV-14 05-10-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,472
Posted By Tom Martin
The trailing edges take quite a bit more time to...

The trailing edges take quite a bit more time to make then the prior bent skin surfaces. I suspect that this was done as it likely works better for stamping parts and more importantly that the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 05:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,425
Posted By Tom Martin
I getphone calls when I am under 3000’agl. The...

I getphone calls when I am under 3000’agl. The caller has no idea that I am in the airplane. The downside is that when I am low to the ground I am usually landing or departing and then ignore or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2018, 02:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,500
Posted By Tom Martin
Consider selling the avionics. You could be five...

Consider selling the avionics. You could be five years from flying and that is a long time in the rapidly changing avionics world. The equipment has good value now but in five years, or even two...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,052
Posted By Tom Martin
Mark I am not sure which servo you have but the...

Mark
I am not sure which servo you have but the two that I am familiar with have an internal filter that needs to be cleaned. Symptoms of a partially clogged filter, that I have experienced, is a...
Forum: RV-14 04-25-2018, 06:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,941
Posted By Tom Martin
If there is enough wire to leave a small service...

If there is enough wire to leave a small service loop, then forget the connector and use butt splice connectors, solder core if you have them. This is not an area that will require disassembly and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-21-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,289
Posted By Tom Martin
The light weight skytec starters are hard on...

The light weight skytec starters are hard on solenoids. You can take the starter to any automotive starter/alternator shop and they will have off the shelf parts to fix it. The only thing aviation...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-20-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,102
Posted By Tom Martin
you mentioned that the injectors were cleaned. ...

you mentioned that the injectors were cleaned. Were they all put back into the same injector bodies as before? That might explain why the lean spread has changed.
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