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Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 07:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 87
Posted By Tom Martin
Adam, take a drive over to the. Brampton airport....

Adam, take a drive over to the. Brampton airport. There are a few rvs there and that you can sit it. Look for Charllie Douma.
Forum: RV-10 02-13-2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 927
Posted By Tom Martin
Remove any external Nav or second com antennas...

Remove any external Nav or second com antennas that are not critical to the flight, this should be good for at least a knot.
Take a good look at your gear farings and wheel pants. We know that you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-09-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By Tom Martin
Here is a thread I started 12 years ago on this...

Here is a thread I started 12 years ago on this topic, my opinion remains the same
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=19931&highlight=manometer

I am still using this set up. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 06:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By Tom Martin
I have over twenty years and 2000+ rocket hours,...

I have over twenty years and 2000+ rocket hours, no claims. My annual premium is around 2000US$. This is double what I pay for my new pickup, but, and this is a big but, if I have an total claim I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,385
Posted By Tom Martin
In the rocket there just is not a lot of room to...

In the rocket there just is not a lot of room to make an exit diffuser going to the bottom outlet. Ideally you would have a inlet and outlet that are dedicated to the oil cooler. These could be...
Forum: RV-14 02-02-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,439
Posted By Tom Martin
Spoon trick. Take a normal table spoon, cover...

Spoon trick. Take a normal table spoon, cover the bottom with oil. Now place your dent over a metal plate, or a bucking bar. With your thumb in the spoon work it over the bump. Typically this will...
Forum: Tools 01-26-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,866
Posted By Tom Martin
I lend tools to a very few select friends, they...

I lend tools to a very few select friends, they are expensive and my tools get used often enough that lending them can leave me without what I need.
I welcome folks to my shop to work on bits and...
Forum: Rocket 01-21-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Posted By Tom Martin
All above are good suggestions. I would place...

All above are good suggestions. I would place the tail wheel current pilot in the back, myself in the front. I have a throttle in the back but no rudder pedals or brakes. We would do circuits...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,176
Posted By Tom Martin
Check the bottom air outlet on the cylinder and...

Check the bottom air outlet on the cylinder and compare with the others. A larger opening can be closed using
small inserts or even a bit of rtv for test purposes
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,066
Posted By Tom Martin
If you have the “arms” on your throttle body you...

If you have the “arms” on your throttle body you can measure the maximum travel. Then the only other information you need is the maximum travel of your cables. After that it is simply a matter of...
Forum: RV-14 01-13-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,516
Posted By Tom Martin
The really shocking thing is that the tie down...

The really shocking thing is that the tie down bracket is where the tail spring mount is supposed to go.........
Forum: Reviews 01-10-2019, 06:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,763
Posted By Tom Martin
I was an early adopter of the Halo headsets. ...

I was an early adopter of the Halo headsets. Over the years I have purchased four of them, and for my airplane, a F1 rocket, they are almost a necessity. There really is not much headroom with the...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-02-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,028
Posted By Tom Martin
My RV4 was painted black. I owned it for three...

My RV4 was painted black. I owned it for three years, and the next owner had it for many more. While I had the plane I experienced no problems. I do live in southern Canada. If I was in Arizona I...
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,719
Posted By Tom Martin
In post number 4 I suggested that screws and nuts...

In post number 4 I suggested that screws and nuts would be a better way to secure those brackets. This would have been helpful to those building as well as for future maintenance.
Perhaps a...
Forum: RV-14 12-06-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,395
Posted By Tom Martin
Scott is absolutely correct. I had been in the...

Scott is absolutely correct. I had been in the shop thinking about your issue and it occurred to me that a slight twist in one or more of the control surfaces could also cause a trim imbalance.
...
Forum: RV-14 12-06-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,395
Posted By Tom Martin
Bob Turner laid this out in post #2. Add point...

Bob Turner laid this out in post #2. Add point number five, that the elevator has to be set in the neutral position.
Before you try wedges etc, raise the flaps up all the way by adjusting the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,772
Posted By Tom Martin
On the stock fuel valve there can be some seepage...

On the stock fuel valve there can be some seepage from around the handle shaft. Typically happens with older valves when the tanks are full. It can simply be a matter of taking the valve apart and...
Forum: RV-14 12-03-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,332
Posted By Tom Martin
It is much easier to adjust a top cowling that is...

It is much easier to adjust a top cowling that is too high then one that is too low. First make sure that the cowling has the proper gap between the spinner and the front face of the cowling, this...
Forum: RV-4 11-27-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 972
Posted By Tom Martin
Bob, that sounds like a Jim Winnings solution. I...

Bob, that sounds like a Jim Winnings solution. I think of him often. Good work.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-26-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,715
Posted By Tom Martin
Before you do anything else do a low and over the...

Before you do anything else do a low and over the runway to check your altimeter as Vic suggested. A pitot static check can be perfect on the ground but errors often occur with the position, and or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,037
Posted By Tom Martin
My comments above were mainly about my F1 with...

My comments above were mainly about my F1 with the EVO tapered wing but I saw the same fuel results with standard wing as well. On average the standard F1 is 2 to 3 knots faster then a comparable...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,037
Posted By Tom Martin
The air, or drag, does not feel the larger...

The air, or drag, does not feel the larger engine. Thus the drag of a super 8 or rocket will be the same as a comparable RV. Over the years I have flown in cross country formation with all sorts of...
Forum: Rocket 11-21-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,112
Posted By Tom Martin
I have been flying different rockets for over...

I have been flying different rockets for over twenty years, likely around 2000 hours. When I get tired of flying a rocket I will likely stop flying.
Last week I took off, with a guy in the back, and...
Forum: RV-14 11-07-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By Tom Martin
Without a picture it is hard to comment. However,...

Without a picture it is hard to comment. However, in the spirit of education, why not use some of the supplied practice bits of aluminum and make a new part. You have perfect templates, using the old...
Forum: RV-14 11-03-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,729
Posted By Tom Martin
After 25 years of riveting I do not make very...

After 25 years of riveting I do not make very many riveting mistakes, but if I do, it is usually a smile on a universal head. Given a choice I will always take flush headed rivets. Best in this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,894
Posted By Tom Martin
Welcome to the world of RVs. There are a lot of...

Welcome to the world of RVs. There are a lot of RVs in Ontario. A group at Brampton, and another at St.Thomas to name a few. My strip is 1.5nm north of St.Thomas if you would like to check out a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,942
Posted By Tom Martin
Oops rivets are not likely going to work as the...

Oops rivets are not likely going to work as the hole is now too large. Larger rivets might work but unless you do all the skin with them it is going to show.
As this is you first part I would...
Forum: GPS 10-30-2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,168
Posted By Tom Martin
I have mounted them forward the firewall, just...

I have mounted them forward the firewall, just under the cowling. This has worked well for a number of years on two or three different airplanes. It may not work if you use a metallic paint.
Forum: RV-14 10-29-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,597
Posted By Tom Martin
As the stick moves for and aft it changes the...

As the stick moves for and aft it changes the pull, or push, or the ailerons slightly. If you line up everything perfectly with elevators neutral in flight condition, when you tie you airplane, tail...
Forum: RV-14 10-29-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,597
Posted By Tom Martin
I used the jigs to set the bell cranks in the...

I used the jigs to set the bell cranks in the wings while on the wing stand. When I put the wings on the plane, retracted the flaps, adjusted ailerons, with elevator neutral, and the tips did not...
Forum: RV-14 10-28-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,729
Posted By Tom Martin
Yes, you are correct the plans call for...

Yes, you are correct the plans call for countersinking due to the thickness of the doubler. With a thick doubler on the bottom and the smaller new doublers inside I see no reason to worry about the...
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,729
Posted By Tom Martin
Just dimple the doubler

Just dimple the doubler
Forum: RV-14 10-25-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,729
Posted By Tom Martin
Mark If you have not tied the prosealed J...

Mark
If you have not tied the prosealed J stiffener to the bulkheads I would encourage you to do so. The vibration that cased the oil canning will have changed frequency and it will focus on the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-23-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,532
Posted By Tom Martin
Take your alternator to a local automotive...

Take your alternator to a local automotive electrical repair shop. They specialize in alternators, starters etc. The repair cost will be minimal compared to a new "aviation" alternator that is...
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,729
Posted By Tom Martin
There is a lot of talk about nutplate hole...

There is a lot of talk about nutplate hole misalignment . I built my first two planes using the nutplate itself as a hole template. It certainly does work but takes a bit of extra time to get all...
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,411
Posted By Tom Martin
Before you bond the parts, clamp some angles, or...

Before you bond the parts, clamp some angles, or similar straight flat surface, to the top and bottom skins. This will insure alignment.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,143
Posted By Tom Martin
Mount it over the entrance door of your...

Mount it over the entrance door of your hangar/shop. You will be the envy of your airplane buddies. Best airport awning!!!!
Forum: Safety 10-16-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,439
Posted By Tom Martin
I got my IFR rating after 30 years of VFR cross...

I got my IFR rating after 30 years of VFR cross country flying. It has made me a much more cautious flyer. Perhaps if I had started IFR years ago I might be more adventurous but life gets more...
Forum: RV-14 10-14-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,565
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, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,587
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, 02:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,122
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, 10:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,122
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, 12:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,719
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, 08:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,719
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, 10:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,622
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, 10:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,989
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, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,622
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, 11:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,759
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, 09:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 964
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, 05:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,759
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, 09:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,849
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, 05:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,102
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, 01:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,682
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, 01:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,476
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, 02:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,476
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, 12:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,010
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, 06:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
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 models of the future (RV-??) 08-16-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 96,206
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 models of the future (RV-??) 08-14-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 393
Views: 96,206
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, 05:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 889
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, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,221
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, 10:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,924
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,...
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