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Forum: RV-14 11-07-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
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: 50
Views: 5,558
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: 13
Views: 954
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: 2,327
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: 836
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: 1,041
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: 1,041
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: 50
Views: 5,558
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: 50
Views: 5,558
Posted By Tom Martin
Just dimple the doubler

Just dimple the doubler
Forum: RV-14 10-25-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,558
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: 1,160
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: 2,911
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: 1,898
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: 1,820
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: 58
Views: 4,852
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: 1,166
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: 4,976
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: 4,329
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: 4,329
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: 29
Views: 2,638
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: 29
Views: 2,638
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: 1,356
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: 25
Views: 1,761
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: 1,356
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: 4,793
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: 11
Views: 798
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: 4,793
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: 1,524
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: 1,672
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: 6,020
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: 3,038
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: 3,038
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: 5,246
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: 880
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 General Discussion/News 08-16-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,499
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 General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,499
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: 816
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: 1,123
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: 1,674
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, 10:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,674
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, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 877
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, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,643
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, 11:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,163
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, 03:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 13,288
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, 11:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 13,288
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, 02:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 924
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, 11:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,277
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, 04:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,530
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, 04:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 798
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, 02:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,195
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, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,331
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, 10:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,530
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, 05:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,530
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, 11:34 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,530
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, 04:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,600
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, 04:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,485
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, 11:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,375
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, 12:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,965
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, 08:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,105
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, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,308
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, 11:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,308
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, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,531
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...
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