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Forum: Fiberglass 10-18-2021, 05:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
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: 423
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: 525
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: 31
Views: 4,140
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: 1,805
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: 234
Views: 33,521
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: 32
Views: 6,044
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: 2,344
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: 4,566
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: 1,085
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: 1,040
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: 3,541
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: 5,801
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: 1,485
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: 1,485
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: 76
Views: 10,938
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: 1,816
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: 2,395
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: 11,014
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: 689
Posted By Tom Martin
Try Bob Japundza

Try Bob Japundza
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
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: 3,335
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: 1,731
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: 1,083
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: 892
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: 7,273
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: 9,606
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: 5,271
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: 5,271
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: 1,370
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: 4,989
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: 12,601
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: 1,454
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: 2,900
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: 6,054
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: 6,054
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: 6,610
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: 10,880
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: 6,406
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: 5,874
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: 4,163
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: 7,855
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: 7,164
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: 3,809
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: 2,369
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: 1,946
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: 9,591
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: 3,374
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: 3,374
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: 2,991
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: 2,991
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: 3,147
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: 32
Views: 15,846
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: 15,707
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: 9,673
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: 20,695
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: 2,857
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: 1,486
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: 1,979
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: 6,721
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: 9,721
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: 13,932
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: 1,333
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: 3,151
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...
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