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Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,725
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, 06:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,452
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, 05:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,691
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, 05:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,002
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, 01:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,046
Posted By Tom Martin
Individuals that were interested and...

Individuals that were interested and knowledgeable.
Forum: Canada 11-20-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,046
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, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 722
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, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
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, 06:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,363
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, 09:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,330
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, 08:59 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,256
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, 06:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,047
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, 05:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
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, 03:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,403
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, 02:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,958
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, 06:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,839
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, 06:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,346
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, 07:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 794
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, 08:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,106
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, 01:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,106
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, 01:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,106
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, 09:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,106
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, 05:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,106
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, 01:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,409
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, 05:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,161
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, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,532
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, 02:06 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,623
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, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,532
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, 02:21 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,596
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, 08:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,382
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, 11:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,422
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, 11:40 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 13,284
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, 02:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,450
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, 05:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,012
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, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,622
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, 05:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,921
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, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,210
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, 10:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,272
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...
Forum: RV-14 05-29-2019, 02:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,881
Posted By Tom Martin
I am with F1 Boss on this one. I use a standard...

I am with F1 Boss on this one. I use a standard #40 dull bit for the initial hole then enlarge with the step drill. To finish the edges of the hole I use the standard deburring tool, Light Pressure!...
Forum: RV-10 05-23-2019, 04:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,422
Posted By Tom Martin
You need some help. If a tech counsellor is too...

You need some help. If a tech counsellor is too far then find a multiple builder and pay for his fuel to fly over. These parts are not acceptable, but education is at the heart of the process....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 13,191
Posted By Tom Martin
Bill, nice work on the spinner seal. I know that...

Bill, nice work on the spinner seal. I know that you have a lot to do but I have a suggestion for you to consider. Your new bottom shape gradually expands as you go aft. This expansion tends to slow...
Forum: Canada 04-26-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Tom Martin
Zero issues with gascolaters. These new units...

Zero issues with gascolaters. These new units from Vans and Andair are quality filters. 2500 hundred hours in various RVs and Rockets with absolutely no issues.
How did these units get a bad name? ...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-15-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,716
Posted By Tom Martin
Please note that on the 10 and 14 you need to...

Please note that on the 10 and 14 you need to clamp the elevators in the neutral position before aligning ailerons with the flaps. Due to the rigging of these aircraft the forward aft positions of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,994
Posted By Tom Martin
Steve Welcome to the world of homebuilding. You...

Steve
Welcome to the world of homebuilding. You are fortunate in that there are many RVs in southern Ontario; Brampton, Kitchener, st.thomas, Sarnia, to name a few.
Feel free to contact me with any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,278
Posted By Tom Martin
I attended from Monday to Wednesday. We parked in...

I attended from Monday to Wednesday. We parked in the new home built parking area, and yes, it is a long way from most of the show. The tie down area and ramps were good where we were.
The real...
Forum: Midwest 04-03-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,211
Posted By Tom Martin
Vince, perhaps I was a bit harsh, we did have a...

Vince, perhaps I was a bit harsh, we did have a good time and both my wife and I noted how beautiful the area was outside the city.
Forum: Midwest 03-31-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,211
Posted By Tom Martin
We spent one day/ night in Branson. Airport is...

We spent one day/ night in Branson. Airport is good, very hospitable. The car rental was easy, three whole dollars spent on car gas! I found that there was an illusion created by the local terrain...
Forum: RV-4 03-30-2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,344
Posted By Tom Martin
Nice job. The RV4 is a back to basics build and...

Nice job. The RV4 is a back to basics build and you will enjoy the flight characteristics. Consider a rocket for your next project. You have already done the canopy and turtle deck!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-21-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,564
Posted By Tom Martin
Ok, fair enough. Now if I could just find my...

Ok, fair enough. Now if I could just find my ruler....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-21-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,564
Posted By Tom Martin
All good suggestions. With eleven aircraft behind...

All good suggestions. With eleven aircraft behind me I guess I tend to do what has worked very well in the past. Basically a good ruler, a sharpie, and standing back at a distance to check for true....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-21-2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,564
Posted By Tom Martin
I guess I am missing something here. Yes the...

I guess I am missing something here. Yes the laser will give you perfect alignment, but if the edge of the part has not been perfectly sanded straight, your “eye” will see a misalignment because the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By Tom Martin
The stock position is in the tail cone, just...

The stock position is in the tail cone, just forward the front spar of the horizontal stab. The supplied wiring harness works for this location.
Forum: RV-14 03-08-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,219
Posted By Tom Martin
Do not under any circumstances pound or drive the...

Do not under any circumstances pound or drive the spring into place. It will quite possibly make removal impossible. Your only option then will be to drill out the aft bulkheads to remove the spring...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-05-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,084
Posted By Tom Martin
Same air-stop tubes in my rocket since new in...

Same air-stop tubes in my rocket since new in 2006, 1100 hours. I add air once or twice a year. The tires have been replaced a number of times.
I think that even at the higher prices that is pretty...
Forum: RV-14 03-05-2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,219
Posted By Tom Martin
I had a similar problem. The spring had a slight...

I had a similar problem. The spring had a slight bend between the two bearing surfaces. Send it back and have another sent out. Do not force it in.
Forum: Canada 03-04-2019, 04:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,377
Posted By Tom Martin
Call the website to confirm, they have been...

Call the website to confirm, they have been helpful in the past.
Forum: Canada 03-03-2019, 10:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,377
Posted By Tom Martin
The number of your sticker should be with your...

The number of your sticker should be with your proof of invoice. This will satisfy the border agents.
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,047
Posted By Tom Martin
Consider not installing a yaw servo. With...

Consider not installing a yaw servo. With thousands of hours in RVs and quite a few in the RV14 I have never felt the need for yaw control. Save the weight and complexity.
You built the plane, if...
Forum: Canada 02-27-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,377
Posted By Tom Martin
Please consider taking the US route, either south...

Please consider taking the US route, either south of superior or around Chicago. It will not add much, if any, miles to your trip and it is a lot safer. There are a bunch of airports to chose from...
Forum: Rocket 02-25-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,951
Posted By Tom Martin
Go to the Forum heading Rocket. This type of...

Go to the Forum heading Rocket. This type of information has been discussed many times over the years and all the basics that you need will be there.
Follow this link https://www.f1aircraft.com...
Forum: Reviews 02-23-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,599
Posted By Tom Martin
I flew with the CQ1 headset today for the first...

I flew with the CQ1 headset today for the first time. This fight in a Cirrus. Cabin noise is not a real problem in the cirrus compared to my rocket but this product is much clearer then my Halo set....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-17-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,099
Posted By Tom Martin
My testing in...

My testing in 2014,

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=113098&highlight=structure+dimple+die+Test
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