VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

- POSTING RULES
- Donate yearly (please).
- Advertise in here!

- Today's Posts | Insert Pics


Go Back   VAF Forums > Search Forums
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Showing results 1 to 62 of 500
Search took 0.13 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: Tom Martin
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By Tom Martin
It is possible to make your own baffles from...

It is possible to make your own baffles from scratch. I did this a couple of times in the dark ages of building. Mate paper templates an transfer those to aluminum. Van’s may have some old baffle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2020, 04:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,514
Posted By Tom Martin
Michael is spot on regarding the extra cooling...

Michael is spot on regarding the extra cooling air lost with a heat muff system that is installed but not needed for cabin heat.
Many folks have spent hours and hours of work sealing plenum systems...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,514
Posted By Tom Martin
You are supposed to inspect and or remove the...

You are supposed to inspect and or remove the heat muff system annually. I remove mine in the late spring, inspect things, and then install it in fall
Forum: RV-14 05-18-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,689
Posted By Tom Martin
My RTV seal lasted 13 years and I replaced it...

My RTV seal lasted 13 years and I replaced it last year as it was starting to get loose.
The seal is simply made.

Mask off outside of opening and anything that will have paint.

Clean and scuff...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2020, 04:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 478
Posted By Tom Martin
Ron, my runway is 60 feet wide and that is more...

Ron, my runway is 60 feet wide and that is more then enough. Why not put a big X on each end of the runway. You should be able to find some white poly somewhere.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-02-2020, 03:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Tom Martin
Sorry guys, I had put some music on it all those...

Sorry guys, I had put some music on it all those years ago and apparently that is a copyright problem. I removed the music but apparently that is not good enough!

Moderators please remove this...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-01-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Tom Martin
My ride with the Canadian Snowbirds

Guys, this rather old news but still gives me shivers when I see it. In 2011 I was given an opportunity to fly with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. A marvellous nine plane formation and I was a guest...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-25-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By Tom Martin
Tail done, wings closed, fuselage on the gear is...

Tail done, wings closed, fuselage on the gear is what I consider half done. Canopy, cowling, firewall forward wiring, plumbing, panel and all the glass work makes up the other half. This does not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 05:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By Tom Martin
I have my original 680 purchased 2006. Three...

I have my original 680 purchased 2006. Three years in the plane and since used in numerous farm equipment. Still works and gets charged occasionally.
Forum: RV-14 04-22-2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,661
Posted By Tom Martin
The standard location and supplied parts work...

The standard location and supplied parts work well. You still have to verify when flights begin. A very simple way to check your static system is to set your altimeter to 0 on the ground. Now go for...
Forum: Safety 04-15-2020, 05:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,789
Posted By Tom Martin
The big washer is adjustable! Take the washer...

The big washer is adjustable! Take the washer and stick a bolt in it., half inch diameter bolt should work. Drop this into the end of a short piece of pipe mounted in a vice. Now wack the end of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,315
Posted By Tom Martin
With full tanks, in the sun, I have found that...

With full tanks, in the sun, I have found that there is a very small leakage of fuel around the stem of the Van’s standard fuel valve. Check with a small bit of Kleenex at the top of the valve

This...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-10-2020, 05:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,303
Posted By Tom Martin
When building our airplanes it can take many...

When building our airplanes it can take many hours to wire and plumb firewall forward. This process would tend to make you favour a connector at the firewall. However, when you actually do remove an...
Forum: Safety 04-09-2020, 04:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,789
Posted By Tom Martin
I would suggest cleaning, inspecting, and...

I would suggest cleaning, inspecting, and lubricating every 25 hours, or six months, whichever comes first. This is a high wear item that needs attention to keep it working right. It is also a good...
Forum: Canada 04-09-2020, 04:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By Tom Martin
Joe, I live near st.thomas and have been building...

Joe,
I live near st.thomas and have been building and flying RVs and Rockets since 1993, 11 completed so far.
You may call me at 519-281-1369

Tom Martin
Forum: Tools 04-08-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 728
Posted By Tom Martin
In 1993 when I started my RV4 there were a lot of...

In 1993 when I started my RV4 there were a lot of parts that had to be fabricated from heavy angle. I did not have a bandsaw for that project. A good hack saw with the proper blade cuts a lot faster...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,890
Posted By Tom Martin
I started building In 93. There was little, if...

I started building In 93. There was little, if any internet activity. The original forum that I used was Matt Dralle’s matronic site. I have forgotten the transition steps before Doug started the VAF...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,062
Posted By Tom Martin
Make a wooden V block the shape of the flap. Make...

Make a wooden V block the shape of the flap. Make a wooden plug that matches the V block. Line both pieces with one or two layers of electrical tape.
Remove rib, lubricate tape and carefully press/...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2020, 06:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,901
Posted By Tom Martin
This really hits me at the right time. I am...

This really hits me at the right time. I am recovering from a leg injury and have been wondering how to move the rocket around. I have quite a few “old” Odessey batteries around the farm still doing...
Forum: RV-14 03-08-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,182
Posted By Tom Martin
The design of this one reduces the possibility of...

The design of this one reduces the possibility of parts injection greatly. All moving parts are outside the air box unlike the old doors on previous models.
Forum: RV-14 03-08-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,182
Posted By Tom Martin
I found it not difficult to install and you would...

I found it not difficult to install and you would really not what to be in the, I should have done that group.
It is a lot easier to now then retrofitting later.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 505
Posted By Tom Martin
Ivan, I keep a spare of the same pump. Seems like...

Ivan, I keep a spare of the same pump. Seems like 500 hours for me.
Forum: Midwest 02-28-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,999
Posted By Tom Martin
Consider Lees Summit at Kansas City, KLXT. It is...

Consider Lees Summit at Kansas City, KLXT. It is not too far off your course. They have an active EAA chapter there. We stopped there one time with two rockets and they went out of there way to get...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,669
Posted By Tom Martin
Perhaps it is just the camera angle but the...

Perhaps it is just the camera angle but the undimpled holes appear to have a countersink look to them? The visible dimpled hole looks a bit large.
Reach out to a local builder and get their opinion...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 13,876
Posted By Tom Martin
There are continuing debates regarding IAS and...

There are continuing debates regarding IAS and TAS when determining Vne.
At ground level the two speeds are very close. As you climb indicated airspeed drops off. This was never really a factor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,863
Posted By Tom Martin
This from the original post Just a quick...

This from the original post

Just a quick question about this subject...I've been reading the other posts on how to prevent the aileron pushrods from unthreading and falling off. I know that they...
Forum: Autopilots 12-13-2019, 04:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,176
Posted By Tom Martin
If you are going to make a plastic box then you...

If you are going to make a plastic box then you can certainly make a right angle connector shell.
I like this idea, it makes a lot of sense and keeps your eyes looking up and out.
Please report...
Forum: Canada 11-27-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,261
Posted By Tom Martin
I take the other view. I live an hour and a half...

I take the other view. I live an hour and a half from Port Huron, USA. That makes a four hour round trip if everything goes well, plus a good chunk of fuel for my pickup. The trucking cost from port...
Forum: Canada 11-20-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,299
Posted By Tom Martin
Individuals that were interested and...

Individuals that were interested and knowledgeable.
Forum: Canada 11-20-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,299
Posted By Tom Martin
In Ontario I have found the Transport Canada...

In Ontario I have found the Transport Canada office in Hamilton to be most helpful.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-16-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By Tom Martin
Try starting while using your auxiliary battery...

Try starting while using your auxiliary battery to power the electronic ignition. After start you can run the ignition as it is normally used.
I also wonder about the charging after every flight....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,080
Posted By Tom Martin
There are no #6 screws on my rocket, all#8. I...

There are no #6 screws on my rocket, all#8. I also modify inspection panels to make them easier to access. Why remove a large floor panel when there is just one fitting to lubricate. Cut a small...
Forum: Tools 11-12-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,551
Posted By Tom Martin
The cutter offered by...

The cutter offered by https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/ is one that I developed about 15 years ago. I came up with the idea while harvesting corn one fall.
It is a simple filter cutter that makes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,793
Posted By Tom Martin
I was seeding down my runway the day of 9/11, and...

I was seeding down my runway the day of 9/11, and have been using it on a regular basis since then. I flew yesterday, today light snow...

First off, I am a farmer by profession and dirt and...
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 21,500
Posted By Tom Martin
It is question of priority. You can spend four...

It is question of priority. You can spend four or five years watching TV or surfing the net about how to build an RV, or you can just get to work and do it.
10,589 RVs flying so far.......
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,170
Posted By Tom Martin
Consider riveting an extra strip of metal over...

Consider riveting an extra strip of metal over that area, .032 or .040. A slight angle in the attached strip would greatly help with any puckering.
When the new piece is clecoed in place and you...
Forum: RV-14 10-24-2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,325
Posted By Tom Martin
Assuming that you will have more then one IFR...

Assuming that you will have more then one IFR antennae I see no problem with mounting them under the cowling. Mine have worked great for many years. Proper cable length has been mentioned, the othe...
Forum: Rocket 10-17-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,528
Posted By Tom Martin
With time the lower isolators compress, which...

With time the lower isolators compress, which drops the motor, the washers bring it back to the original setting.
It may be time to replace the isolators. Have a aircraft mechanic take a look at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,787
Posted By Tom Martin
I have been using 680 batteries in my aircraft...

I have been using 680 batteries in my aircraft since 2006. As an IFR guy I switch out the batteries every two years. I have old 680 batteries driving my Gator, my lawn mower, my fuel pump and one...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-02-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,183
Posted By Tom Martin
Years ago when I was modifying my plane for...

Years ago when I was modifying my plane for racing I used the three course gps program to record a LOT of speed mods. Results were inconclusive due to variances in the weather. Temp, rising or...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2019, 05:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,886
Posted By Tom Martin
Sticking valve would be my guess. This happens...

Sticking valve would be my guess. This happens when the valve stem, and or the guide, gets a build up of crud. Do a search for stuck valve.
Forum: Rocket 09-20-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 893
Posted By Tom Martin
Think of it as two different airplanes. 1. The...

Think of it as two different airplanes.

1. The Rocket solo has a similar feel to a RV6 at gross weight, in terms of sink rate and handling.

2. A rocket with a passenger and baggage will be...
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,621
Posted By Tom Martin
Congrats on finding the problem. You will feel...

Congrats on finding the problem. You will feel much better about working your airplane now. Those differences between the front and back are not great. If it bothers you you could gradually close...
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,621
Posted By Tom Martin
The RV14 is a wonderful airplane and is a great...

The RV14 is a wonderful airplane and is a great cross country machine. I had to chose between the RV14 and the Rocket and I decided to stay with my rocket. The RV14 sold with about 60 hours on it...
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,621
Posted By Tom Martin
The cowling and inlets are much better then RVs...

The cowling and inlets are much better then RVs in the past. That does not mean that there are not some improvements possible.
Note the following picture

http://halie.com/o5v.jpg

Ideally the...
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,621
Posted By Tom Martin
regarding the governor seal. I am not sure what...

regarding the governor seal. I am not sure what you meant by floxing the gap? Making gap smaller will help but air will still take the easiest way out of the plenum.
To seal this area I made a...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2019, 04:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,621
Posted By Tom Martin
Did you put a spacer between the baffle and the...

Did you put a spacer between the baffle and the forward face of the #2 cylinder?

This has been discussed a few times on the forum. It ca effect the number three cylinder as well. There have been...
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-28-2019, 12:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,549
Posted By Tom Martin
Buy a stock 540 with the firewall kit. You will...

Buy a stock 540 with the firewall kit. You will fly months sooner and have an aircraft with an excellent resale value
Forum: RV-14 08-26-2019, 04:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,362
Posted By Tom Martin
Heck, when I built my first rocket in 98, I had...

Heck, when I built my first rocket in 98, I had never seen one! The magazine articles and pictures were all I had. You are in a completely different world with an unlimited amount of online...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-13-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,305
Posted By Tom Martin
MDRA requires that no parts of the aircraft are...

MDRA requires that no parts of the aircraft are closed before inspection. The exemption are parts on a quick build kit. An example would be the closed factory fuel tanks.
If for example, the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-06-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 17,115
Posted By Tom Martin
I have a full IFR panel in the rocket, 430 etc. ...

I have a full IFR panel in the rocket, 430 etc. I use the 430 Garmin for my autopilot and approaches, the iPad for all the up to date information I require and the 496 as a quick and dirty gps. My...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-02-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,305
Posted By Tom Martin
Tod Welcome to the world of the RV14. You will...

Tod
Welcome to the world of the RV14. You will find it a great kit with excellent instructions. There are numerous RVs in the area, Windsor, Sarnia, St.Thomas etc. I believe there is an Oshkosh...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 01:21 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,408
Posted By Tom Martin
Rick West, RV4, Sarnia Ontario. He gave me a ride...

Rick West, RV4, Sarnia Ontario. He gave me a ride in 1992? And I knew that was the plane I had been looking for.
Gord Baxter, RV6, Kitchener Ontario. Gord had a beautiful plane and he took the time...
Forum: RV-14 07-21-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,613
Posted By Tom Martin
We spend a lot of money on these kits and with...

We spend a lot of money on these kits and with each new model there is more included and better instructions. However during the final avionics and engine installations there are still variations...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-15-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,704
Posted By Tom Martin
I started my RV4 in 93 and after reading the...

I started my RV4 in 93 and after reading the RVator I used heat lamps to warm the top wing skins while riveting. I found it hard to get a consistent temperature with heat lamps. Heating the whole...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 13,933
Posted By Tom Martin
From my perspective the biggest problem are the...

From my perspective the biggest problem are the aircraft that can not, or worse yet, will not fly up to 90 knots. In my rocket I am fine at 80 knots but 70 knots is just not comfortable. Many many...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-08-2019, 01:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,088
Posted By Tom Martin
Remove the oil pressure relief on the back right...

Remove the oil pressure relief on the back right cylinder and look to see if the ball is seated properly. On a flight south last year my buddy called low pressure and landed at a very close airport....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-01-2019, 04:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,727
Posted By Tom Martin
You have asked for advice and have gotten...

You have asked for advice and have gotten consistent replies from some very knowledgeable people to not fly the airplane. This is a classic case of denial, please do not become a statistic.
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,738
Posted By Tom Martin
Is the angle the correct thickness? I thought...

Is the angle the correct thickness? I thought that it was .125 angles for that location? Could just be a different model. In all cases use the bolt that is the correct length, there a a few, very...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-23-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,069
Posted By Tom Martin
With Ted on this one, for the standard supplied...

With Ted on this one, for the standard supplied parts from Van’s. After about 700 hours I drilled another hole. 400 hours later and no disasters.
Anyone have a few hundred hours using a shim? It...
Forum: Rocket 06-06-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,296
Posted By Tom Martin
My RTV seal has not leaked in 13 years. Note that...

My RTV seal has not leaked in 13 years. Note that the plane is in a hangar except sun and fun and Oshkosh.
Prep fuselage flanges by cleaning with solvent. Then lightly scuff flags to provide a...
Forum: RV-4 06-05-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,369
Posted By Tom Martin
As these legs are a combination of two angles,...

As these legs are a combination of two angles, one back and the other one to the side it can be tricky to get all the static load out of the wheels when you are measuring the toe in/out. Jim...
Showing results 1 to 62 of 500

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:30 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.