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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 246
Views: 57,079
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: 397
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: 593
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: 1,032
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: 1,032
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: 623
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: 945
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: 3,408
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: 11,789
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: 11,789
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: 740
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: 918
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: 45
Views: 6,101
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: 574
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: 408
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: 1,000
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: 45
Views: 6,101
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: 45
Views: 6,101
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: 45
Views: 6,101
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: 1,399
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: 4,851
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: 2,227
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: 6,431
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: 1,923
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: 2,014
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: 2,014
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: 1,408
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: 2,889
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: 3,277
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: 3,277
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: 3,295
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: 3,295
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: 1,261
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: 1,330
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: 1,247
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: 1,354
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: 1,312
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: 1,412
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: 2,802
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: 1,803
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: 2,122
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: 2,004
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.
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,719
Posted By Tom Martin
I see from your bio that you are a multiple...

I see from your bio that you are a multiple builder. I you really want light consider moving the engine forward. A smaller motor mount adaptor can be made; Vince Fraizer is the guy to talk to about...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-18-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,086
Posted By Tom Martin
If I may rephrase; a vacuum could be created with...

If I may rephrase; a vacuum could be created with the passage of the faster moving airstream, relative to the slower air mass exiting from the cowling which could be at a lower pressure then the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-18-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,086
Posted By Tom Martin
Over the last 20 years or so I have spent a lot...

Over the last 20 years or so I have spent a lot of time on cooling exits, always trying for a balance between cooling and speed.

Lessons learned

1. Not all engines, even those with the same...
Forum: RV-10 04-13-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,964
Posted By Tom Martin
The best speed test is to fly beside another...

The best speed test is to fly beside another aircraft at known power settings, then matching speeeds. Now make your change, one at a time, then fly with the other plane , same power settings and...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,276
Posted By Tom Martin
While you are at it add a pressure switch for a...

While you are at it add a pressure switch for a back up idiot light on the panel. If your screen goes dark sometime at least you will know oil pressure is good to go.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 04-07-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,452
Posted By Tom Martin
Weather is starting to look better for our trip...

Weather is starting to look better for our trip to Sun and Fun. The current plan is to clear customs in Port Clinton, OH Sunday morning, tomorrow at 10am, 14Z.
From there we typically fly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-29-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,378
Posted By Tom Martin
This is an old thread, but with the new interest...

This is an old thread, but with the new interest I thought I should give an update. As I am no longer racing I do not need every last bit of MP.
I built an air box that was longer then the bower...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,312
Posted By Tom Martin
25 years of bits and pieces

Although I would not call myself a hoarder when it comes to little bits of aluminum I am definitely guilty.
In 1993, when I started, you kept all the scraps. If you wanted to build something extra,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-22-2018, 06:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,919
Posted By Tom Martin
Ok, take a big breath. You are in control of...

Ok, take a big breath. You are in control of take off speed. It is called the throttle. In most small airplanes you are taught to smoothly, advance throttle and use rudder to balance torque, same...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 03-22-2018, 05:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,452
Posted By Tom Martin
Sun and Fun

It is that time of year again. Sun and Fun is just around the corner, April 10-14

This is the start of the flying season for me and I always am ready to go, if I can see some nice weather. I start...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 04:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,356
Posted By Tom Martin
The easiest thing would be to go with two mags....

The easiest thing would be to go with two mags. Pretty close to 100% of the cert. aircraft are using them. Next, after 200 to 300 hours, by which time you will really know the airplane, swap out one...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-16-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,073
Posted By Tom Martin
Jim, a great friend and a gentleman. He twice...

Jim, a great friend and a gentleman. He twice flew to our farm in Canada and I have flown in formation with him numerous times going to Texas and other locations. A man of strong convictions who was...
Forum: RV-14 03-12-2018, 05:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,201
Posted By Tom Martin
I can see that washers would work well in some...

I can see that washers would work well in some locations but I have built eleven aircraft without them. If the parts do not fit well together then perhaps you should adjust the flange or change the...
Forum: GPS 03-10-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,444
Posted By Tom Martin
I had the same failure. The only gps not affected...

I had the same failure. The only gps not affected was the iPad.
Forum: Canada 03-09-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,165
Posted By Tom Martin
$1300 seems like for one plane but I am sure that...

$1300 seems like for one plane but I am sure that it reflects how few inspections there are in our country each year. Considering the level of service we get I believe it to be a bargain. Staff and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,343
Posted By Tom Martin
I sometimes use a heat gun to speed the process...

I sometimes use a heat gun to speed the process along. No direct hot air on parts just warming the area. You can watch the product dry. Be careful not too use too much heat it can damage your...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 01:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,267
Posted By Tom Martin
This is not a good idea. Your radio needs a large...

This is not a good idea. Your radio needs a large area as a ground plane. I tried it with resulting damage to other electrical equipment when transmitting.
Forum: Rocket 03-03-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,175
Posted By Tom Martin
I have built two Harmonís. you could order the...

I have built two Harmonís. you could order the skins non prepunched and order the wing spars unriveted. Most would opt for larger wing tanks anyways.
Yes there are a lot of holes to drill but making...
Forum: Canada 03-01-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,165
Posted By Tom Martin
Send it in now, ASAP. It can take a few months....

Send it in now, ASAP. It can take a few months. In your email subject line specify “aircraft registration”. The person in charge does not read emails that do not have specific subject lines. 20...
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,061
Posted By Tom Martin
Scott describes the only reliable way to drill...

Scott describes the only reliable way to drill out any rivet where there is some length to the rivet. The only requirement is that you drill down through the centre of the rivet. This can prove...
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