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Western Trikes

Lets do some adventure touring flights in the West (CA, AZ, NV, UT, NM, OR, WA, & beautiful Idaho) Open to ALL
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This group is designed to help trikers find other trikers to meet, plan and go adventure touring with their trikes.
Also welcome is the discussion of all the planning that goes into long trike trips- engine, equipment, packing, safety, lodging, weather, etc.

The group is open to everyone! Where you live doesn't matter-- if you have a desire to help promote the understanding of what it takes to fly trikes long distance- please join and contribute to the effort.

If you have/know of a nice airstrip near you and would like to host a group of traveling trikers, join us here and put in your two cents.

Let's fly the entire West Coast- San Juans to San Diego (July to early Sept has been suggested)

Let's get a group together to fly Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon
Catalina, Golden Gate, Death Valley, the Owens Valley, we've got so much to choose from .....

We've flown Yosemite, and will again

Done, Check, check, check. Our goals here are falling like flies!!! ;)

This summer we're going North! Stay tuned

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    Dave Palmer
    Dave Palmer commented on the group Western Trikes's wall:
    I have an "EL Gearbox Generator". It's a ROTAX 582 accessory with a 230 watt ac electric output that inserts between PTO end and gearbox. I'd like to wire it but wonder if it's ac output can be hard wired to existing Key West regulator with the 170 ...
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    Dave Palmer
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    Ted Hunting
    Ted Hunting commented on the group Western Trikes's wall:
    Hi live in East Bay SFrancisco and soon will buying first trike as I get ready to solo in early 2014. In looking at hangers at airports around the bay area, it looks like some are pretty big and wanted to ask for any recommendations on best ...
    4 years ago
    • Chuck Burgoon
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      Chuck Burgoon I can't seem to get to the last part of your comment. Can you re-post on the main page as a new comment?
      4 years ago
    • Craig Valentine
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      Craig Valentine Most of us share hangars and fly out of Lodi. Good friendships, fantastic base to fly from, helpful knowledge from fellow pilots and fun BBQ's. Call Doug at 209 327- 6674. There's also another group that flies out of Petaluma Airport.
      4 years ago
    • Ted Hunting
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      Ted Hunting thanks guys! looking for advice on best airports, anyone interested in sharing hangar since some look large.
      4 years ago
    • Sunil Krishnan
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      Sunil Krishnan I am also looking for someone to share a hangar with. Currently i am sharing my instructor's hangar at Petaluma and the airport has no T-Hangar available. Would you be interested in sharing one at Gnossfield?
      4 years ago
    • Chuck Burgoon
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      Chuck Burgoon Trikes and low wings make for good hanger mates.
      4 years ago
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    Ted Hunting
    Ted Hunting is now a member of "Western Trikes".
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    mike lavergne
    mike lavergne commented on the group Western Trikes's wall:
    When Rob Lyons past I got out of trikes. Would like to get back into triking. Was looking at a Maverick with a pacer wing. Has anybody gone back to a single seat 103. Any input. Should I maybe just get a two seater? MIke lavergne Wa.
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    • Arthur Thompson
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      Arthur Thompson Wife owns a Northwing ATF. After flying it a few times I sold my 2 seater. For local flying, the ATF is hugely more fun. For long cross country, the flying club Cherokee 235 is hugely more comfortable and IFR certified. My .02 but for fun flying at an expense that I can afford, Part 103 is it. We now a trike and a fixed wing that both fit in the same hangar. The 100mph trikes are truly incredible but for me the price of both trike and maintenance is equally incredible.
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      Arthur Thompson FWIIW, both 103 aircraft fit in the same trailer!
      4 years ago
    • Ted  Bailey
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      Ted Bailey Hi Mike, I love the Pacer/Mav 447 it does not have the top end of my Contour but I fly it the same conditions as the 2 place wings and find it more stable and easier to control in big air.
      4 years ago

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  • Dave Palmer
    by Dave Palmer 10 months ago
    I have an "EL Gearbox Generator". It's a ROTAX 582 accessory with a 230 watt ac electric output that inserts between PTO end and gearbox. I'd like to wire it but wonder if it's ac output can be hard wired to existing Key West regulator with the 170 watt ac output of the lighting coil output (2 yellow/black wires)?

    I worry that connecting to same Key West regulator terminals as lighting output leads will damage either lighting or generator circuits?

    Of course I can simply add a second Key West regulator and have two 12 volt electric output sources.

    Anyone else out in trike world have this setup? How did you wire?

    Thanks,

    Dave
  • Ted Hunting
    by Ted Hunting 4 years ago
    Hi live in East Bay SFrancisco and soon will buying first trike as I get ready to solo in early 2014. In looking at hangers at airports around the bay area, it looks like some are pretty big and wanted to ask for any recommendations on best airports or if anyone is interested in sharing a hanger to cut down on lease fees.
  • mike lavergne
    by mike lavergne 4 years ago
    When Rob Lyons past I got out of trikes. Would like to get back into triking. Was looking at a Maverick with a pacer wing. Has anybody gone back to a single seat 103. Any input. Should I maybe just get a two seater? MIke lavergne Wa.
  • Ken Nussear
    by Ken Nussear 5 years ago
    Hi Ron welcome to TPS and Western trikes. Are you from Ferndale CA, or WA?

    Ken
  • Captain X
    by Captain X 5 years ago
    Welcome to Western Trikes MAARTEN!
    The key to a vibrant group is sharing-- ask questions, give answers, share videos, invite people on flights with you. There's a lot of trikers in your area-- did we meet at Leo's in Pahrump? There's still plenty of room at Oceano on the 13/14th (and before/after) if you'd like to come. Ken & Jon are flying out from Nevada.
  • Ken Nussear
    by Ken Nussear 5 years ago
    Hi Andreas Welcome to western trikes... looking forward to meeting you on your trip out west!
  • Captain X
    by Captain X 5 years ago
    Oceano Airport Fly-In- Oct 13 & 14, 2012:

    See Event here:
    http://www.trikepilot.com/events/profile/94


    See Videos of the Area here:
    http://www.trikepilot.com/videos/view/oceano-airport-day-flight_8620.html?m=776

    http://www.trikepilot.com/videos/view/toys-for-tots-2011---oceano-airport-ca_14731.html?m=776

    http://www.trikepilot.com/videos/view/oceano-airport-celebration-day-1080p-hd-longer-_12800.html?m=1311

    http://www.trikepilot.com/videos/view/top-to-bottom---7th-day_13642.html?m=776

    http://www.trikepilot.com/videos/view/california-valley-fly-in-2011_12237.html?m=776

    http://www.trikepilot.com/videos/view/trike-trip-to-northern-california_13067.html?m=776

    http://www.trikepilot.com/videos/view/my-long-x-country-flight-from-oceano-to-santa-paula_9485.html?m=776
  • david coy
    by david coy 5 years ago
    flown washington montana idaho if i make it to oceano david will it help me advance my trike newbie status on western trikes.
  • david coy
    by david coy 5 years ago
    hey guys john williams will be flying down to sun vally idaho in few weeks and over to oregon would like to meet fellow trikers in area anyone up for it get ahold of john on tps
  • Captain X
    by Captain X 5 years ago
    Repost (the workings of this site are a bit weird- got dropped out of the comments section):
    Thank you Kim, it was great to check in here and see an XC story. My favorite!! I'd like us all to add to this, but a quick couple additions I would put in are. Take plenty of time (get there-itis is a slippery slope and with time you can poke around a little and gradually enter in to certain conditions sometimes 1 toe at a time, you should always be able to turn around and chill out where you left from). Take plenty of fuel (for example we had to unexpectedly use some of the extra fuel we carried to keep our safety margins- expect the unexpected / unforecast (what other profession gets it wrong as often as the weather man?, closed runways, closed airports, Fire & presidential TFR's, unforecast 30kt headwinds, etc we saw a bunch)). Take options (plan your plans B,C, etc out before and continuously keep them with you). Take lessons (for example airspace, mountain flying, …). Lastly, but not least, take a buddy-- The buddy system is extremely important- twice the brain power, twice the eyes / ears, up to twice the wisdom (if you're lucky like I was), often up to twice the "available info" (there's a myriad of airports and patterns and local customs, and taxi-ways, and unexpected stuff…), and it's just a lot more fun with a buddy!! I can't imagine taking that trip without you buddy. Thanks for going with me! I'm glad we got you back safely on your newbie adventure that was "only" over FORTY-ONE TIMES longer than your previous longest flight!!! ; ) Musta been a bit of a trip to be returning solo into Petaluma from so far away. I radioed my tower to say I was at [standard reporting spot] en route from Idaho!!!" WELCOME HOME!!! Score another one for trike kind!!! Oh, and you are right, thanks are always due to the Lovely & Talented Janet. And finally, one of your other new adventure-buddy's, Baxter, had his 13 birthday today!!! (They had a good day, we went to the beach! ; ) Oh, and David Coy's right-- about 1,000 or so miles into the journey you left the world of XC newbie behind and continued to leave it another 2000 miles in the past. See you on the next adventure (actually Henry is going back to NM end of this month, if you're interested). Hey what about the photos your GoPro was taking?!? You gonna share them with us?