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Forum: RV-4 10-24-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,352
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Then and now

Hans aka Saber

The RV-4 doesn't look any different between then and now, but the pilot sure looks different. What are those grey hairs, they need replacement.

Falcon
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,928
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Lycoming vs Subaru

I have a friend, long time RV-4 driver, long time ex-military fighter pilot, who had a Subaru on the front end. After his 9th off field landing due to Subaru failure he finally exchanged the Subaru...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-26-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,147
Posted By Stu McCurdy
RV-8 Forward Floor

I left my in-flight adjustable rudder pedals bare.

For my forward floor I left unpainted and went to the aviation aisle at Walmart and got clear vinyl ribbed auto floor mats and cut one to size so...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-11-2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,495
Posted By Stu McCurdy
I keep my aforementioned documents in clear faced...

I keep my aforementioned documents in clear faced pouch just behind the triangular brace at lower right of canopy bow, clearly visable from outside.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,074
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Tablet

I used to have a Nexus 7 early version but got a free LG G Pad 8.3 when I switched to Verizon. Loaded Avare and it works very well in the cockpit and very light readable. Additionally it has its...
Forum: Texas (South) 12-08-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,722
Posted By Stu McCurdy
RV-8 with Infinity

I do have an Infinity stick grip and bent stick in my RV-8. Only way to fly comfortably. In cruise I sit normally in seat with stick grip between my legs rearward of my knees, elbow on my thigh. I...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-04-2016, 12:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,987
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Joe Blank (Shadey)

Rest in Peace Joe (Shadey)

Joe was a great ambassador for Van's Aircraft, but also was part of our nationwide formation community, serving as Wingman for awhile and then upgrading to Flight Lead at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2016, 08:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,021
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Hangar LandLease

Talk to the Aviation Dept at TxDOT. They may have an answer for you and may be able to influence the airport.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2016, 03:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,513
Posted By Stu McCurdy
AFS 5500

AFS is the best. Hickmans are a great couple running a great company with a great product. They stand behind the equipment and are improving products as they mature. I have a 5500 in an RV-8 and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2016, 03:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,143
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Renagades

Nice planes deserving of awards, BUT we missed you on the Formation Row(s)!!
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-06-2016, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,913
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Throttle Cable

I have replaced my Throttle Cable twice because it got hard to move. It is because it passes close to the exhaust pipe as it gets close to the bracket holding it before it connects to the Fuel Servo...
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2016, 07:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,869
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Purge Valve

I installed the purge valve on initial assembly back in 2001 on IO-360. Yes return spring should be installed in case cable breaks. 1970 hours later, I use it every start, hot or cold. Makes...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-29-2016, 09:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,630
Posted By Stu McCurdy
RV-8 Floor Panels

When building my RV-8 and when it was in the canoe stage, I decided to put nut plates in for the whole floor, front and back. I wanted to get under the floor for whatever reason.......fluid spills,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-25-2016, 07:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,687
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Rough engine with Electronic Ignition

I have an RV-8 equipped with IO-360-M1B with Slick Mag left and ElectroAir EI right side. I recently had a severe rough running engine after takeoff and landed. Long story short, it turned out to...
Forum: Formation Flying 04-26-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,381
Posted By Stu McCurdy
FFI Check Pilot

Gregg Wilson (Wizz), an FFI Check Pilot, flies out of Cincinnati (KLUK) with some of his "River Rats" and is always looking for other interested formation types to join in the activities. He will...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-29-2016, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,789
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Tach Indications

I had a similar problem early on with my AFS 5500 with wandering tach indications. Finally traced it to the ends of the blue electronic ignition leads where the center carbon wire folds over on top...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-12-2016, 08:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,969
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Ignitions Leads

Remember those blue ignition leads have a fine carbon center wire. When you bend them over onto the outside of the blue insulation before crimping the plug connector, it is very possible to break...
Forum: COMM 01-07-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,571
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Archer VOR Antenna

As I previously stated, I put an Archer Nav (VOR) antenna in my right wingtip. The VOR antenna is supposed to be mounted horizontally, so it is mounted horizontally on the top inner surface of the...
Forum: COMM 01-06-2016, 07:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,571
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Archer Wingtip Comm Antenna

15 years ago when I built my RV-8 I installed an Archer Nav antenna in my right wingtip and an Archer Comm antenna in the left. I installed it on the rising bottom side of the wingtip with the top...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,840
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Schoolmom

I visited Schoolmom last week in her rental house at Gold Hill along with Mike Stewart. She still has some limitation on hand movement and has to wear her crash helmet for a while. But she said she...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,906
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Solo Hours

Ready to solo is not a number of hours, it is the mental readiness of you to be able to takeoff, deal with whatever happens in the air, and bring it back for a good landing. When you are confident...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-14-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,190
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Brake Master Cylinder

Make sure you in fact have Cleveland and not MATCO master brake cylinders. The MATCO are gold barrels and were supplied in my original 2000 RV-8. It uses a different rebuild kit with obviously...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,371
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Change in Tone

As Tony Bengelis often said over lunch, "listen to your airplane, it is talking to you"'

I have had a change in tone and there was always a reason for it, perhaps not seen on instruments or felt in...
Forum: Formation Flying 06-09-2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,605
Posted By Stu McCurdy
FFI Change in Leadership

Be it known to all formation pilots that as of 1 Jul 15, I will be stepping down as FFI Administrator and handing the reins to Bob Mills (Nasty). I am following Gen MacArthur policy and will just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,398
Posted By Stu McCurdy
MOAs

I detect from replies posted that there is an attitude it is okay to fly through a MOA since it is not illegal. Let's think about that.

The MOAs are approved and placed on the charts to provide...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 21,327
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Stadium Flyovers

As previously stated, the various YouTube videos of Large Formation Flyovers has been getting FAA attention. Because of the TFR approval through TSA, FAA felt they were loosing airspace control. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 21,327
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Stadium Flyovers

Certified, in this case Bonanzas, are being approved with no repercussions. This from an FFI Bonanza pilot:

"For the record:

DHS, TSA and FAA approved the TFR waiver for our recent Beechnutz...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-25-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,541
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Tape

The tape goes on the top edge of the flaps when fully extended to provide a scratch buffer as they retract.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-14-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 20,790
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Funeral Service

Ron (Shorts) and Kelly Walker as well as Diana and I (Falcon) represented Falcon Flight in attending the funeral at the Funeral Home in Waco. Doug and family and his siblings and families were...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-08-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 20,790
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Virginia Reeves

Doug

Strangely, Falcon Flight was at the USAF Academy last Thursday conducting a Missing Man Flyover for a departed classmate of mine. Guess we were also symbolically doing it for your Mom also. ...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-21-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,761
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Mustang Beach

Trolley runs on a 1 hour loop and comes by the airport on the 45.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,996
Posted By Stu McCurdy
16-ship Criss Cross over OSH

On Tuesday, the combined teams of Falcon Flight, KC Flight, Mid South RVators, and Condor flew a 16-ship formation in the airspace over OSH above the pattern at about 1120 am. We entered the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,996
Posted By Stu McCurdy
16 and 15-ships RV Formations at Oshkosh

On Tuesday, 29 Jul, we flew a Large Formation routine overhead Oshkosh at 1115. We entered with two 8-ships in a Criss-Cross maneuver, then rejoined in a Double Diamond, then went into a Figure 8...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-14-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 975
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Tablet

NEXUS 7 (2nd generation), 32 GB, WiFi, with Avare loaded free from Play Store is all you need.
Forum: Formation Flying 06-19-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,204
Posted By Stu McCurdy
RV-12 Addendum

Joe Blank from Van's is our RV-12 Guru. He developed the RV-12 pages to insert into the Guidelines. The KC Clinic 27-29 Jul at Lee's Summit has four RV-12s signed up and will be a mini-clinic...
Forum: Formation Flying 06-18-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,204
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Updated Formation Guidelines v2.6

We have updated the FFI Formation Guidelines to v2.6. You can find it here for dowload.
http://www.ffi.aero/files/Download/FFI%20FORM%20GUIDE%20v2.6.pdf
Forum: RV-4 05-13-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,912
Posted By Stu McCurdy
AI

Yank out the Vacuum Pump, AI and DG, Take the money you would spend in AI rebuild and put it into an EFIS. I did years ago and never looked back.
Forum: RV-4 05-13-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,885
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Hot Starts

When I built my IO-360 engine I installed a Purge Valve from Airflow Performance. With a hot engine, I just pull out the Purge Valve cable with mixture in, turn on Boost Pump for about 4 or 5...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,572
Posted By Stu McCurdy
RV-8 Tires

For years I have been using Wilkerson 5.00x5 Recaps. The tread thickness and quality is such that I get much more time out of them than standard tires. Had to initially slightly elongate the wheel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,161
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Transition Lenses

I have been using Photogray Transition lenses for years for my Tri-Focal prescription glasses. Put them on in the morning, take them off at night. Inside, outside, flying, driving, on the computer,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,593
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Bend the Stick

I bent my stick so the grip was more naturally in my lap without having to lean my arm/shoulder forward, yet I have full deflection of controls. I can go full forward and just hit the bottom of...
Forum: RV-10 04-02-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,704
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Archer Wingtip Antenna

I have had since I built my RV-8 a VOR Archer antenna in the right wingtip and an Archer Comm antenna in the left. I get 80 miles pickup range, based on altitude, for VOR and excellent ILS. The...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-01-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,478
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Nexus 7 2012

I have been using the 2012 (early) Nexus 7 for a couple years now and have never had dead screen. Just have to monitor the battery indicator and charge it before it hits 10%. I use AVARE for...
Forum: RV-10 04-01-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,235
Posted By Stu McCurdy
I am Stu (Falcon), and my strakes are essentially...

I am Stu (Falcon), and my strakes are essentially same as pictured. I got them in 2001 from Robertson in Arlington WA and reworked them to make them parallel to the wing. You can see the placement...
Forum: RV-10 04-01-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,235
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Tail Shake

When I started flying my RV-8 I noted that it had a tail shake at the stall. I looked back and the tips of the horizontal stab were vibrating up and down perhaps 3/4". They shake because of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 23,919
Posted By Stu McCurdy
50-ship Line Up

Here's the 50-ship participants lineup.

Three 16-ship Diamond of Diamonds with two "Connecters"

BeeGee Diamond of Diamonds
Alpha
1 Gill (BeeGee) smoke
2 Schult (Jazz) smoke
3 Geer (Jarhead) smoke
4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,246
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Flying Phase I

Anyone who is a qualified pilot, assuming Insurance Company is OK with that person.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-08-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,088
Posted By Stu McCurdy
RIP Wes Schierman

So sorry to hear about Wes Schierman's passing. I first met him and Marty Foy as I was planning the 25-ship Flyover at Oshkosh in 1997 for Van's 25th Anniversary at being at OSH. We talked over the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-04-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,148
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Formation Standards

Many years ago, the standards for civil formation flying was set down by the T-34 Formation Flying Manual and has since been type specified by various type specific manuals. For civilian,...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-09-2013, 09:05 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 25,552
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Tyler Voss Missing Man

Tyler grew up in LaGrange TX. Falcon Flight flew a Missing Man with his parents in attendance on 2 Nov 13 at the LaGrange Airport where they dedicated a plaque in his memory at the base of the F-100...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,019
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Gemini

I put a Gemini in as a backup ADI for my AFS 5500. As you can see from the picture from my previous post, the Gemini is completely readable in flight with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2013, 07:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,560
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Tach Oscillations

I have an AFS 5500 installed. At one point I developed a 200-300 RPM oscillation in the Engine Monitor portion. After going through all the possible problems and fixes, I finally used a meter to...
Forum: Formation Flying 10-20-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 44,427
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Formation Safety

We minimize the chances by studying, briefing, training to, practicing by, evaluating to the same FFI Formation Guidelines nationwide. Since we do that we can come together anywhere from far and...
Forum: RV-4 10-16-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,173
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Cobra Airshow

Nice video with ground as well as airborne views. Well flown, BUT your hat was flying backwards the whole time.

Falcon
Forum: Formation Flying 10-15-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 44,427
Posted By Stu McCurdy
To put it another way with back of the envelope...

To put it another way with back of the envelope figures based on 47 $80k planes with 180hp and 4 cylinders (plus a couple 6 bangers) burning 9 gph, all individually funded. Not including cost of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2013, 11:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,903
Posted By Stu McCurdy
For the Nexus 7, just use the provided plug to...

For the Nexus 7, just use the provided plug to hook it to your home computer to make it an external hard drive and copy/paste from one to the other. It also has Bluetooth to transfer files from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,903
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Nexus 7

I use Nexus 7 Android, now about $200 with 32GB, or $239 for new upgraded Nexus 7-2. Very sunlight readable. Internal GPS, WiFi only, no USB. I use AVARE (pronounced Av Air) navigation which is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-09-2013, 12:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,380
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Yes, I used full stick length with the Infinity...

Yes, I used full stick length with the Infinity grip on the top. The S shape allowed me to be able to pull the stick full back (against the seat belt) and push it full forward (as it touches bottom...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-09-2013, 07:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,380
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Bent Stick

Here's a Thread I input when I installed my AFS 5500, but in the picture you can see my stick which I bent when I built the...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-29-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,496
Posted By Stu McCurdy
We had 4 inches here in Round Rock. Falcon...

We had 4 inches here in Round Rock.

Falcon Flight will be participating with KC Flight and others in a Large Formation Breast Cancer Awareness Flyover of Arrowhead Stadium in KC on 13 October. ...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-29-2013, 06:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,496
Posted By Stu McCurdy
Heart of Texas Airshow

Well, Falcon Flight did fly up to TSTC Airport on Friday, 27 Sep to participate in the Heart of Texas Airshow practice, then they fed us at the Performers and Sponsors Party catered by Outback...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-08-2013, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,039
Posted By Stu McCurdy
RV-8

I am 225 and have room to spare. DO IT. I have the In Flight Adjustable rudder pedals.
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