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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Tom Martin
This is an excellent time to learn all about your...

This is an excellent time to learn all about your weight and balance document. A change at the extreme aft of the aircraft can make a difference in your weight loading capability. I expect there will...
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,998
Posted By Tom Martin
Ralph has an excellent suggestion and I would...

Ralph has an excellent suggestion and I would offer another method that is similar.
Wait until the tail surfaces are mounted on the aircraft. When all the tail surfaces are mounted you can mount...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,227
Posted By Tom Martin
The #2 injector can be removed through the air...

The #2 injector can be removed through the air inlet without removing the cowling. Worth a look. This has happened to me, quick clean and back in the air.
Forum: Canada 02-26-2021, 04:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 706
Posted By Tom Martin
Test primers with Av gas to check for...

Test primers with Av gas to check for suitability. No sense priming your wings if the first spill washes off your primer.
Forum: RV-4 02-17-2021, 05:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By Tom Martin
Imagine a two by four with a long taper on the...

Imagine a two by four with a long taper on the flat side. Now make a slice as long as the distance from the rear spar. The taper will allow you to essentially pry down on the spar flange. Pry might...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-12-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,936
Posted By Tom Martin
I have done about 15 first flights. My most...

I have done about 15 first flights. My most exciting first flight was the one I did not do!
This was the flight of my first build, theRV4. I had a total time of 350 hours with most of it tail wheel....
Forum: GPS 02-11-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,898
Posted By Tom Martin
16 years with a 430W antennae under the cowling. ...

16 years with a 430W antennae under the cowling. It sits up high about half way between the back baffle and the firewall.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-02-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,932
Posted By Tom Martin
If you use popular Lycoming Oil filters the tools...

If you use popular Lycoming Oil filters the tools should work. Some car filters have a thicker base and you need to add a washer or two to cut below the base of the filter.
Give Blake a call and see...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-01-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,932
Posted By Tom Martin
Well, I am the “Tom”, behind this cutter. The...

Well, I am the “Tom”, behind this cutter. The idea came to me while I was combining soybeans one fall day. It is a boring job and the mind tends to wander...
I had not really found a cutter that I...
Forum: RV-14 01-29-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 926
Posted By Tom Martin
The forum is great but seeing a project during...

The forum is great but seeing a project during construction while be invaluable. I am sure youwill be able to find a builder in Tucson
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-21-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,553
Posted By Tom Martin
I replaced my Michelin airstops tubes after 14...

I replaced my Michelin airstops tubes after 14 years. The were still holding air. Count on only topping airstop tubes a couple of times a year, other brands will require many more fill ups
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 01-13-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,140
Posted By Tom Martin
Very good post. I would suggest that #4 “go...

Very good post. I would suggest that #4 “go around” should be rule number one. Consider every landing to be a go around. If you are happy then let her land. The frame of mind should ne go around.
Forum: RV-4 12-31-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By Tom Martin
I live in st.thomas and almost 30 years of RV and...

I live in st.thomas and almost 30 years of RV and rockets. My number is 519-281-1369

Tom Martin
Forum: RV-14 12-09-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,869
Posted By Tom Martin
Five foot eight on a good day, and I did not...

Five foot eight on a good day, and I did not install the steps. It is a bit of a stretch but something I got used to it.
Consider a small folding stool for even shorter passengers.
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,381
Posted By Tom Martin
The ability to roll it around in the shop Is a...

The ability to roll it around in the shop Is a pretty big deal. I do wonder about the tipping potential? Some sort of a temporary outrigger might be a good idea?
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,381
Posted By Tom Martin
I did not take the time to make a rotisserie for...

I did not take the time to make a rotisserie for my fuselages on the first 10 planes but as I got older I really felt the climbing in and out. For the last project, RV14, I made a simple triangular...
Forum: RV-14 11-22-2020, 02:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,844
Posted By Tom Martin
Leave the wing tips as they are until you hang...

Leave the wing tips as they are until you hang the wings on the plane and get the control surfaces rigged properly.
Then make the tips match the ailerons and flaps.

It may make no difference to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,478
Posted By Tom Martin
It has been a while since I pushed my EVO rocket...

It has been a while since I pushed my EVO rocket down low, but at the 2010 rocket race I was 12 knots faster then the next closest standard wing rocket and that was Greg Nelson’s beautiful sport...
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,922
Posted By Tom Martin
This is a nice installation. I wonder if a couple...

This is a nice installation. I wonder if a couple of bent hard lines might eliminate the three 90 degree elbows in the installation.
Also, on my 14, I cut the wing root faring off under the wing,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,260
Posted By Tom Martin
I note that you are from Texas. The headquarters...

I note that you are from Texas. The headquarters for SARL, sport aircraft racing league, is based at Taylor tx, T74. Check out their website, the participants are welcoming and will share ideas and...
Forum: RV-14 11-11-2020, 02:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,938
Posted By Tom Martin
To mate the forward and aft 14 fuselage I used...

To mate the forward and aft 14 fuselage I used two picnic tables. Lumber yard picnic tables are cheap and sturdy.
Forum: Safety 10-13-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,328
Posted By Tom Martin
Two engine failures, same plane, same...

Two engine failures, same plane, same engine.

This happened in the mid nineties with my RV4. There was no internet to speak of and certainly no type forums. All information came from the plans and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,307
Posted By Tom Martin
When you get all your leaks sealed there is a...

When you get all your leaks sealed there is a quick way to check your static system. On ground note the field elevation. No go do a circuit with a low and over the runway at what you estimate to be...
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,739
Posted By Tom Martin
Have you considered mounting it under the top...

Have you considered mounting it under the top cowling? I have had good luck with this in a few aircraft
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-20-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,823
Posted By Tom Martin
I have used Baby Powder for years and it does the...

I have used Baby Powder for years and it does the trick. An added bonus is that after using the product women will walk across the street and give you a hug.
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,441
Posted By Tom Martin
I finished my RV14 using that method. It really...

I finished my RV14 using that method. It really is not difficult at all and using flox will greatly reduce and cracking issues. My Rocket was done that way 14 years ago and there is no cracking in...
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,759
Posted By Tom Martin
Most of us trained on low powered aircraft,...

Most of us trained on low powered aircraft, Cessna 150s. These planes are about the same size as our RVs but with much less power. A lot of time training is spent on short field, or over obstacles....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-02-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,732
Posted By Tom Martin
I did remove the valve core, blew it off and put...

I did remove the valve core, blew it off and put back in. There was still a very slow leak, kind of like you would get from normal off the shelf tubes.
I do not recommend keeping your tubes for 14...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-02-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,732
Posted By Tom Martin
Michelin Air Stop tires

After 14 and a half years, and 1150 hours, and many tire changes, I have finally swapped out my original air stop tubes. It has been an experiment of mine, to see how long they would last.
Typically...
Forum: RV-14 09-01-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,407
Posted By Tom Martin
I had 64 hours in the plane when it was sold two...

I had 64 hours in the plane when it was sold two years ago. It ended up in Phoenix and the new owner has put a lot of time on it. I am sure that he would talk to your friend. Have him call me,...
Forum: RV-14 09-01-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,407
Posted By Tom Martin
I found the 14 to be average in handling as far...

I found the 14 to be average in handling as far as a tail dragger goes, not as nice as the rv4 but after initial hour or two, with his experience, he should be fine.
Forum: Canada 08-25-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,325
Posted By Tom Martin
Talk to Toronto Center about getting higher...

Talk to Toronto Center about getting higher altitudes. I bet they will work with you depending on their traffic
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,580
Posted By Tom Martin
Wait until the wings are on the airplane and the...

Wait until the wings are on the airplane and the flaps and ailerons are mounted in fight mode, with the elevator fixed in the trail position.
I found that the template got close to the right...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,337
Posted By Tom Martin
I am using the larger tires on my rocket. I had...

I am using the larger tires on my rocket. I had to open the front and back of the wheel pant a little to accommodate larger tire. You may not have to on your set up. I have quite a bit of time on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-31-2020, 05:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,373
Posted By Tom Martin
Keep in mind that likely 90% of us did our...

Keep in mind that likely 90% of us did our training in a bare bones Cessna 150. There are hundreds of champs and cubs that have NO electrical systems and use handheld radios when required. An iPad...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-28-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 16,773
Posted By Tom Martin
On my rocket I was experiencing some roughness at...

On my rocket I was experiencing some roughness at high power settings. My mechanic suggested this inlet screen and in fact it was partially plugged. As it turns out I was using TSC fuel transfer pump...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-17-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,240
Posted By Tom Martin
I have likely mounted 15 to 20 engines on rockets...

I have likely mounted 15 to 20 engines on rockets and RVs and I have always done it with the tail wheel on the floor. It always seemed to go on with no issues....
Having said that one of those...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-11-2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,178
Posted By Tom Martin
You can put a drop of welding on the worn part of...

You can put a drop of welding on the worn part of the arm and the file it to shape. A chainsaw file works well. The key is maintaining the tail wheel, cleaning and lubricating at least twice a year...
Forum: Rocket 06-26-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,526
Posted By Tom Martin
Nice to hear that another rocket is flying! I...

Nice to hear that another rocket is flying! I have been flying since 83 and the rocket keeps me in the game. Always an adventure.
Forum: Tools 06-25-2020, 05:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,451
Posted By Tom Martin
For you, with your method, the Brown dies look...

For you, with your method, the Brown dies look much better. I would recommend using them. As your project gets further along try the test again. It would be interesting to see if the results are the...
Forum: Safety 06-23-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,493
Posted By Tom Martin
CHIFF check

every time, before applying final power I do a CHIFF check

CHIFF

C canopy closed latched, controls free

H Harness secure

I Both ignitions on
Forum: RV-14 06-16-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,100
Posted By Tom Martin
There is some axle alignment that happens with...

There is some axle alignment that happens with the 14. Perhaps that could be checked to make sure everything is right there.
Every landing should be treated as a go around, if it looks good you...
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,030
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: 2,416
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: 2,416
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: 37
Views: 9,895
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: 680
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: 1,059
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: 1,059
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: 3,438
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: 725
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: 39
Views: 5,512
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: 7,747
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: 1,953
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: 1,806
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: 7,747
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: 1,106
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: 1,236
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: 2,743
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: 2,678
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: 5,264
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: 4,694
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: 4,694
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: 715
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.
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