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Forum: RV-15 08-09-2022, 04:21 AM
Replies: 50
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,110
Posted By Tom Martin
My preferred airplane to fly is a Rocket but my...

My preferred airplane to fly is a Rocket but my first build was an RV4, and I have built a RV7, and an RV10 and a RV14. I have flown all the test hours off those planes as well.
Forum: RV-15 08-08-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 50
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,110
Posted By Tom Martin
With eleven planes completed I think I should do...

With eleven planes completed I think I should do one more to make an even dozen.
After 26 years of flying Rockets I am not crazy about going slower but it would be nice to have a bit more cabin...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,270
Posted By Tom Martin
I did note that there was a difference in stall...

I did note that there was a difference in stall speed with the longer tips, a knot or two lower with the flat tips.
Also, try using metal tape to close all lightening holes on outer and inner wing...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,270
Posted By Tom Martin
Another way to compare wing tips is to fly with...

Another way to compare wing tips is to fly with different tips on each wing. Yaw will clearly show any speed differences. I did this on my EVO after making some nice wing tips based on a modified 337...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2022, 05:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,761
Posted By Tom Martin
Four screws hold my tail faring in place. 16...

Four screws hold my tail faring in place. 16 years with no change to the perfect fit of the tail faring.
Think about how many screws I have not had to remove in all those years of maintenance!
Forum: Rocket 06-15-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,745
Posted By Tom Martin
I have built and flown all the variations of RV4,...

I have built and flown all the variations of RV4, Harmon, and F1. I have also built a few more F1s with standard wings, a RV7, and a RV10. I currently own a F1 with a tapered wing which I build in...
Forum: RV-14 05-31-2022, 04:27 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,620
Posted By Tom Martin
Forget the cnc stuff and take a piece of your...

Forget the cnc stuff and take a piece of your favourite wood and do some carving.
I made my wooden insert with walnut and bonded it to the ugly, uncomfortable stock handle.
Very nice feel and looks...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,264
Posted By Tom Martin
Check all wheel and gear fairings. Perhaps the...

Check all wheel and gear fairings. Perhaps the are not aligned properly. Fly it with wheel pants off, then try it with gear fairings and pants off
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-29-2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,968
Posted By Tom Martin
Ten years ago when I was active in the Sport...

Ten years ago when I was active in the Sport Aircraft Racing League I was always making changes to my airplane. One change that I made was to exit the air from the oil cooler through the side of...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-31-2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,816
Posted By Tom Martin
We are hoping for a weather break that allows our...

We are hoping for a weather break that allows our trip from Ontario, Canada, to make Sun and Fun this year. It looks like Saturday should be ok.
My question is in regards to aircraft parking. ...
Forum: RV-14 02-23-2022, 09:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,174
Posted By Tom Martin
Are wheel landings and tail wheel landings the...

Are wheel landings and tail wheel landings the same?
Forum: RV-14 02-23-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,174
Posted By Tom Martin
shims are available from Van's to correct wheel...

shims are available from Van's to correct wheel alignment. ACS will stock them as well. There are different sizes to choose from. They are not (or were not!) expensive so buy two or three...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,826
Posted By Tom Martin
Let us have a talk about the standard “level”...

Let us have a talk about the standard “level” that you can purchase at any hardware store.

Do not assume that it is level, most of them are not. A quick test is to put your level on a flat surface...
Forum: RV-14 01-24-2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,616
Posted By Tom Martin
Many of these filters could be sourced locally;...

Many of these filters could be sourced locally; check local automotive supply stores.
Forum: RV-14 12-25-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,926
Posted By Tom Martin
I changed the short metal hangars to belting and...

I changed the short metal hangars to belting and it got rid of a lot of sound and vibration in the floor area
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-19-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,710
Posted By Tom Martin
I recessed one of the mounts in the top of the...

I recessed one of the mounts in the top of the vertical stab. It is easy then, to install or remove the camera in seconds. I have used this for years with no issues.
Forum: Canada 12-19-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 900
Posted By Tom Martin
Since you need 10 hours I would recommend five...

Since you need 10 hours I would recommend five hours in a cub, Citabria etc.
These will be fun hours on a plane that is not expensive to operate. Then get some time with someone who the insurance...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2021, 05:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,822
Posted By Tom Martin
Keep a spare arm in your tool kit. In a pinch, I...

Keep a spare arm in your tool kit. In a pinch, I have put a drop of weld on the warn notch and used a chainsaw file to get it working.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,822
Posted By Tom Martin
I flew the first steering link, made by Terry...

I flew the first steering link, made by Terry Jantzi, over 20 years ago. Since that time all my airplanes have used the link. It works well on my F1 rocket and I have broken one in all these years....
Forum: Primers 11-07-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,787
Posted By Tom Martin
You can chose not to prime and sign the document...

You can chose not to prime and sign the document with the MDRA inspector. That has been my experience. There are no real standards for priming and done incorrectly can cause more future problems then...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-18-2021, 05:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,235
Posted By Tom Martin
Cut the tip in half lengthways then cleco the two...

Cut the tip in half lengthways then cleco the two halves to the tip. Now you can bond some strips of glass to the tip, making it align properly with the aft rudder tip. If it is the wrong as well,...
Forum: Rocket 09-19-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 825
Posted By Tom Martin
Wheel chocks

As the years creep by, more and more I look to simplify tasks. Bending over is just not as easy as it used to be.
I made a set of wheel chocks that are easy to use and your back will thank you....
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,162
Posted By Tom Martin
Glen, you should be fine with the Van’s...

Glen, you should be fine with the Van’s dimensions. My Rocket pants are much tighter then that and I have been 20 years on grass here
Forum: RV-4 08-23-2021, 03:52 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,078
Posted By Tom Martin
Many years ago, in my RV4, I had an engine...

Many years ago, in my RV4, I had an engine failure and ended up in our own soybean field! The crop was quite small at that stage of maturity and I found that my wheel tracks lined up with the...
Forum: Rocket 08-23-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,225
Posted By Tom Martin
For the last 15 years, on my F1, I have been...

For the last 15 years, on my F1, I have been using two gear clamps on each leg lower on the gear legs. My jack catches the gear clamp screw body and I can easily lift the wheel off the ground. I...
Forum: RV-15 07-28-2021, 12:58 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 65,376
Posted By Tom Martin
I believe that we could do better than 135 knots....

I believe that we could do better than 135 knots. IF no struts are possible, then does a cabin hanging below the wings really that much more drag than the standard RV. I am sure we can make the...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 02:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,948
Posted By Tom Martin
No struts! Make the cabin deep enough that a RV...

No struts! Make the cabin deep enough that a RV type spar can be used in the cabin.
Skylights and large windows also desirable.
RV14 type gear legs with larger wheel options
RV10 type luggage...
Forum: Safety 07-19-2021, 02:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,724
Posted By Tom Martin
Our procedure is: Fly low enough to catch the...

Our procedure is:

Fly low enough to catch the lawn mowers attention. This is done at a safe altitude, not to scare anyone.

The lawnmower operator gets safely off the runway, and then stands beside...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-12-2021, 04:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,515
Posted By Tom Martin
There are RV builders at Smith Falls and Carp, I...

There are RV builders at Smith Falls and Carp, I am sure that if you reached out you could get help.
Forum: Canada 07-08-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,519
Posted By Tom Martin
Call me for a RV discussion. I live very close...

Call me for a RV discussion. I live very close to you, 1.5nm north of CYQS

519-281-1369
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,479
Posted By Tom Martin
My F1 has an andair gascolator in that location...

My F1 has an andair gascolator in that location and I have experienced no heat issues in 16 years. I would expect no difference with the unit you are proposing.
Forum: RV-14 06-21-2021, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,225
Posted By Tom Martin
Please do not attach stiffeners to skins unless...

Please do not attach stiffeners to skins unless you attach them at both ends to bulkheads.
Mine was an early 14 and in the bottom aft end of the fuselage there were two stiffeners that were not...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-17-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,850
Posted By Tom Martin
Ask the supplier to send you another module so...

Ask the supplier to send you another module so you can test your system.
Forum: Rocket 06-08-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,515
Posted By Tom Martin
I have owned two HRII aircraft and flew a total...

I have owned two HRII aircraft and flew a total of 6 or 700 hours on the two of them. I never had the tail come up on the ground but I was really careful. (maybe lucky)

Two real gotcha scenarios; ...
Forum: Rocket 06-07-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,515
Posted By Tom Martin
The standard F1 mount will not fit a HRII fuse as...

The standard F1 mount will not fit a HRII fuse as the F1 is wider at the bottom mounts. It might be possible get a special one made. Contact Vince Frazier

Tom Martin
Forum: Safety 06-05-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,850
Posted By Tom Martin
Lots of good advice in this thread. I have...

Lots of good advice in this thread. I have experienced two engine out landings.
I certainly practiced slow flight with turns (at a safe altitude) and had quite a bit of confidence in that flight...
Forum: Canada 06-04-2021, 01:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,635
Posted By Tom Martin
The last time, when I did my RV14, four years...

The last time, when I did my RV14, four years ago, I had great support from the Hamilton Transport Canada office and things were done in a very timely manner.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2021, 04:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,368
Posted By Tom Martin
A simple used Dynon/GRT etc is going to be simple...

A simple used Dynon/GRT etc is going to be simple and light. Start adding autopilots, Second screen etc and the weight starts to climb. Go with a full Garmin panel and you are talking about serious...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,319
Posted By Tom Martin
Years ago the local flight school used to take...

Years ago the local flight school used to take the wings off a 150 and take it to the local shoping mall and advertised flight training.
When they took the plane back to the airport and put it on the...
Forum: RV-4 05-13-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,057
Posted By Tom Martin
Try Bob Japundza

Try Bob Japundza
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 916
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: 5,168
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: 2,205
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: 1,318
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: 1,115
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: 9,920
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: 14,679
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: 6,302
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: 6,302
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: 1,766
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: 36
Views: 7,442
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: 14,259
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: 1,906
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: 3,713
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: 8,226
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: 8,226
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: 8,864
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: 14,170
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: 19
Views: 8,722
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: 7,526
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: 5,850
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: 9,273
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: 9,157
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: 5,154
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
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