The Revolt is Compelling

Published by: Glade Montgomery on 30th Jan 2018 | View all blogs by Glade Montgomery

I was at a trade convention in St. Petersburg, Florida last week.  That city is, of course, not a long distance from Zephyrhills, home to Evolution.  Perhaps I should know better than to use my attendance at a nearby trade convention as excuse to go see Larry Mednick.  That's what happened to me, I believe, six years ago -- and, wouldn't you know it -- I thereafter became a very happy Revo owner. 

Anyhow, I was on this occasion interested in seeing the new Rev and new Revolt.  It was a little more than a one-hour drive from where I was attending to business duties, and Larry and his crew warmly welcomed me (I love those people). 

In regard to those new aircraft, WOW!

The Revolt in particular looks like a mega, super-off-road buggy, ready for any terrain you might wish to attack.  Yet, it flies!  Not only does it fly, it flys beautifully, and with a large envelope of speeds.  The feeling in either seat is like nothing else.   The passenger in back so elevated -- and with his/her own windshield -- it's crazy.  No more straining to look over or around the pilot's helmet (and, as pilot, no more sitting in your passenger's crotch). 

All the innovations Larry has built into this thing are astounding. 

I want one. 

No matter how much I love my Revo, I may make a switch.  I was thinking of getting a 3-axis plane, anyway, for when I want to go places, so having a slower trike will not be a problem.  In fact, it will be nicer to fly alongside my triker buddies, for with my Revo flying at its slowest I always have to do an occasional circle to get behind them again. 

If someone wants to buy my Revo at a price that lets me purchase a fully-loaded Revolt at equal price, I just may go for it. 



  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 18 days ago
    I would have a hard time trading in my Revo. It just looks good. I do not take it to rough terrain just like I would not drive a Ferrari on a dirt road. The RevoLT looks like a brute, not the sexy streamlined look of the Revo.
    Additionally, when flying with other pilots in slower trikes, I like to buzz around, over, under, around. It adds to my enjoyment.

    BUT I HAVE THE URGE TO DO SOME OUTBACK STUFF. I will have a RevoLT here soon for a customer so we will wait and see.
  • Glade Montgomery
    by Glade Montgomery 18 days ago
    Paul, you're right. When push comes to shove, I may find myself feeling unable to part with my beautiful and sexy Revo. Regardless, I think it may be easier for you to justify simultaneously owning multiple trikes, for they are the workhorses of your business. For me, any trike that I own is solely for pleasure.

    You're also right that it is indeed fun to buzz around while flying with slower trikes. One of my favorites is to get well behind another triker, accelerate to 95 mph, and warn him on the radio that I'll be passing on his right. I blow by so fast it looks like he is standing still -- and, as he looks toward me as I scream by on his right, he feels like he is standing still.
  • Bill Chance
    by Bill Chance 18 days ago
    Hey, I have a video of you doing that to Dave.
  • Glade Montgomery
    by Glade Montgomery 18 days ago
    Hi Bill. Yes, you do!
  • wexford air
    by wexford air 18 days ago
    looks even cooler when you pass each other coming from opposite directions
  • Glade Montgomery
    by Glade Montgomery 18 days ago
    Though it does sound cool, I haven't tried that. You'd want to have advance agreement with your counterpart on a method that assures you're on opposite parallel paths, rather than opposite converging paths. With very fast convergence, there wouldn't be much time to correct, me thinks, if at the last moment you realized you were on the latter, instead of on the former. I'm not sure how you would engineer for that, with sufficient safety. How do you do it, Wes?
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 18 days ago
    There is always the "trust the other guy with your life" method. Check out this old video of me just attacking Wes with my REVO. I must be getting more conservative with age... this is an old one.
  • Bill Chance
    by Bill Chance 17 days ago
    That pass at 44 was closssse. Closer than what it shows on video.

    Reminds me of younger days when I was braver and in a hurry to get places and wasn't above running scud flying along a hwy. An older pilot told me if your going to do that stay to the right of the road on case you meet another airplane. Not long after I was flying down a hwy and out of the gloom popped a Piper heading the other way. We passed so fast we didn't have a chance to wave, just quickly stare at one another.
  • Glade Montgomery
    by Glade Montgomery 17 days ago
    Cool video, Larry.

    I suppose if you want to do the near-head-on high-speed flyby, it should be safe if, beginning from a distance, both pilots are, in a prior-agreed-upon manner, simply aiming for a bit to the right of the other. Still, it seems spooky to me.

    Good story Bill.

    I am curious how many people, in these days of GPS, still follow a highway? It's not something I've ever felt any need to do -- or ever wanted to do. If I want to get somewhere, I generally prefer a straight line.
  • Bill Chance
    by Bill Chance 17 days ago
    This was in the days before GPS. VOR's, NDB's and if you were really high tech, Loran if you were a coastal flyer. And if you weren't watching the needles and got caught out on top and dropped down through a hole you found a water tower to get your bearings. If you can find an old sectional look at the number of NDB's we had to what's left today. Of course I use GPS today and don't follow roads because I don't do scud runs. But if I did I would probably stick to the roads because they can't stick a cell phone tower in the road. But I would stay to the right! I don't see how because of the number of old planes out there but the FFA is planning a phase out of the VOR system. I see these glass panels in planes and think Lord help us if something messes up the Sat system. Or somebody looses the electrics. No directional gyro, no attitude indicator. It's back to looking out the window, using your watch, and that old compass thing floating around in liquid. HA, unless your flying your trike, then we just fly home.
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 17 days ago
    Bill, I hate to tell you the Compass is usually digital also at that point.
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 16 days ago
    For my students of airplanes and trikes who get their eyes fixated on the panel I simply have them turn it off. With the steam gages in an airplane I simply put a towel over the gages which I call the "towel VFR". In a trike it is not as easy so I have to use the gage stickers. Bar position is airspeed and altitude is best guess. Any pilot and/or student should be able to fly the trike with NO INSTRUMENTS.
  • roger larson
    by roger larson 10 days ago
    The solution is to just have several several trikes....I guess......:)
  • Glade Montgomery
    by Glade Montgomery 10 days ago
    Bill, you're right about the fact we've become very reliant on the fleet of GPS satellites. If something took that fleet offline (say a nasty software virus), there would be a lot of quick adjusting to do. However, I think we'd do it.

    Suppose you're in the air, flying cross-country in unfamiliar territory, and the system of GPS signaling suddenly fails. Suppose you have no backup mapping system on paper. Regardless, I'd think you would have been in possession of reasonable situational awareness when this occurred (e.g., an idea of where you were, direction pointed, etc.). Thus, you'd likely also have some idea of best direction to turn so as to approach nearest civilization. Also, even if it's electronic, there's no reason your compass should be taken down, just because the GPS fleet is no longer broadcasting. I think you'd manage to logically think the matter through, and fly toward nearest civilization. Chances are reasonably good that, even without a paper map or local knowledge (and at least assuming clear skies), you could, before fuel runs out, stumble somewhere upon a usable runway to land. Even if you did not succeed in finding a real runway, certainly, you'd be able to somewhere find a field or similar that was reasonably suitable for pre-fuel-exhaustion landing.

    As for failure of your own GPS receiver being a potential issue, I think redundancy is pretty good protection. I typically fly with no fewer than five such receivers. There's one in my EFIS (which has its own moving map display). There's one connected to my iPad, which is running Foreflight with its moving map display. There is one in my smartphone. There is one in my Garmin navigator (which I also use in supplementation to the other modes). And there is one in my Delorme Inreach Locator. I don't guess that my situation is atypical, and it's not that I deliberately acquired multiple GPS receivers so as to have redundancy. Rather, each mode simply has its own separate purpose and acquisition history. I suspect most trike pilots, like me, are flying with multiple GPS receivers.

    BTW, my deceased father-in-law was one of three engineers who, from the main processing chip and on up, built the guts of the first civilian GPS receivers. He died prior to me ever having had an opportunity to meet him, and I suspected my wife (when she told me about his role) likely had an exaggerated opinion as to its importance. However, a bit more than a year ago she received a request from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to represent her dad as he was posthumously inducted into the CTA Hall of Fame. The induction event was to be an Awards dinner held in the Rainbow Room of Rockefeller Center. So, my wife and I went, and brought our kids too. It was an incredible event, and I learned my wife had not -- in fact -- had an exaggerated opinion as to her dad's role. In fact, her dad's role was much greater (we learned) than she'd even suspected.

    In particular, he'd made the main processing chip. He'd called it "The Swiss Army Chip," -- so named because it was designed to do a whole assortment of different tasks. His prototype chip and associated papers, we learned, are in the Smithsonian.
  • Bill Chance
    by Bill Chance 10 days ago
    Hey, that's a interesting story. Meeting your wife at Sandpoint she seems like a very nice person. I remember she was in a hurry to head the motorhome back to Wa. You told her to hang around after you took off in case you turned back and needed something. I was laughing with my bunch as she was headed out the gate before you made your turn after climb out.

    I don't worry about trike or most GA pilots if they lost their GPS. I was thinking more about the high flyers, Gulfstreams, Gates 52, Airbuses, and the other airliners flying along on autopilot and suddenly the panel goes blank at FL 45. Maybe Ludwig can chime in about what they plan for.
  • Glade Montgomery
    by Glade Montgomery 10 days ago
    I'll have to tell Laura she's been caught!
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