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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,799
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: 28
Views: 1,799
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: 4
Views: 316
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: 501
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: 570
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: 786
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: 867
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: 1,030
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: 1,936
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: 1,275
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: 11
Views: 1,129
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: 1,682
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: 1,462
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: 5,155
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: 5,155
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: 6,587
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: 13
Views: 1,158
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: 7,665
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: 7,008
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: 1,095
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: 29
Views: 4,276
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: 7,665
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: 2,193
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: 4,613
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: 1,917
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: 2,106
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: 26
Views: 2,409
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: 1,183
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: 1,129
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: 2,005
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: 26
Views: 2,409
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: 4,036
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...
Forum: RV-14 02-21-2018, 02:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,582
Posted By Tom Martin
The supplied static kit is easy to install and is...

The supplied static kit is easy to install and is very accurate at both high and low speeds.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-11-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,763
Posted By Tom Martin
Hey Guys! Heads up on using a creeper under an...

Hey Guys! Heads up on using a creeper under an RV. If you have a belly mounted antennae put a tennis ball or a water bottle on the antennae before getting under the airplane. I was scooting along...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-09-2018, 12:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,455
Posted By Tom Martin
Take the tanks off the wings and put twenty...

Take the tanks off the wings and put twenty gallons of fuel in them. Roll the around every few days to check for leaks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,582
Posted By Tom Martin
This issue just keeps coming up. Get a good...

This issue just keeps coming up. Get a good broker, ask them what their fees are. For me, living two hours from the border, brokerage fees are less then the cost of fuel, AND, I get that extra half...
Forum: RV-4 01-25-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,084
Posted By Tom Martin
I did something very similar to what Vern did. ...

I did something very similar to what Vern did. This puts the servo in the bay forward of the main spar. Having the servo there makes it much easier to maintain and repair. Over the years, 12, I...
Forum: RV-14 01-12-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,519
Posted By Tom Martin
Cut the end of the wire on an angle and nip off...

Cut the end of the wire on an angle and nip off the sharp point. Take any curl in the wire out by straightening it. Lube the end of the wire and gently push it through.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By Tom Martin
Doug, maybe it is the Canadian keyboard eh?

Doug, maybe it is the Canadian keyboard eh?
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-28-2017, 08:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,696
Posted By Tom Martin
I am not familiar with this runway but knowing...

I am not familiar with this runway but knowing that it only takes a few hundred feet to get into the air in an RV gives you more options. It means that you do not have to start your roll at the end...
Forum: RV-10 12-25-2017, 08:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,680
Posted By Tom Martin
Many years, with numerous aircraft, no purge...

Many years, with numerous aircraft, no purge valve and no problems.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-12-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,982
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, 07:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,171
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, 12:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 898
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, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 792
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, 05:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,825
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, 08:49 AM
Replies: 521
Views: 105,533
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, 08:53 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,970
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, 10:25 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,991
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, 08:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,991
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, 08:32 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 11,000
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, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,829
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, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,653
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, 12:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 851
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, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,208
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, 10:18 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,991
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, 06:30 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,991
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, 01:03 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,991
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, 07:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,373
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, 04:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,981
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, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,981
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, 08:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,981
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...
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