Flying the Revo as a Professional Operation for the last 3 years

Published by: Paul Hamilton on 1st Dec 2017 | View all blogs by Paul Hamilton

Time flies when you make your living flying trikes. I decided to structure my flight school business with the Evolution Revo and it has ended up being a great way to go. Why? First the Revo has been able to excel in professional trike flying for both intro flights www.HangGlidingTahoe.com and primary training www.SportAviationCenter.com
Besides being a top performer allowing me to extend flying to all day and amazing appearance, the service/support has been exceptional.
In these last 3 years Larry Mednick has developed the ultralight Rev and now the outback/backcountry Revolt. WOW, amazing Evolution.

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  • Jozinko Sajan
    by Jozinko Sajan 9 days ago
    I flew Revo and I have an opposite impressions. Because i flew it from back seat. It was the Yellow Jackett this summer at Sandpoint with Henry. In sunny and windy day. It's pitty we have no time I would fly in front... Next time...maybe. But from the short time and back seat I have to say: the RivalX is unique wing.
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 9 days ago
    Jozinko,
    Yes first time in the Revo back seat in windy bumps would be a handful, typically over control. I can understand your impression. But once you get the feel of it, tuned in, it is one it is very comfortable wings to fly, especially in turbulence. This is why there has been so much emphasis of transition training. My Sling 2 Airplane is the same way, incredibly sensitive so it typically takes commercial pilots a couple of hours to figure it out. The same is true of the Revo. Just like learning to fly, it is best to start in calm conditions...
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 8 days ago
    Jozinko, most pilots think they can JUst jump in a REVO and fly it. The result many times is complete over control followed by high siding the turns. These wings are to flown with finger and wrist pressure. If someone starts making large side to side bar movements I can almost guarantee they are not going to like the results. As paul has said once you transition to a REVO your ability to fly in high wind and thermals actually increases very dramatically. This is why 5 of the top full time intro flight companies in the US all use REVOs for their commercial operations in high wind areas.

    But I can understand your bad experience and suspect over control to be the culprit. We get that a lot, and then once they understand how differently the REVO should be flown they generally will not want to switch back to a less responsive wing. But I cannot stress enough that transition training is very important. And that can even be flying in calm air and getting the feel of it on your own in many cases.
  • Jozinko Sajan
    by Jozinko Sajan 7 days ago
    I am sorry guys. I told a half of my "opposite impressions". Sorry Im still thinking in Slovak language and it is a little different compare to English :)
    My opposite impressions are: + I flew RivalX / - a back seat onnly :)
    Sure I understand and approve the transition training if pilots changed their wings or trikes to Revo. It is the same as ordinary car user change his car to sport car. Not the same. If he feels uncomfortable he can push brake peddal and stop at the edge of road... A years ago at one discussion forum about "...and next Revo crashed...something is wrong with it" I wrote: the Revo cant be wrong or bad - the authorieties wouldnt give them a certificate or would take the certificate out. In my opinion it was caused because of pilots habits. If he a lot of years flew one wing or wings with similar properties he cant to watch ALT meter, ASI meter... He was able flying by his feeling only. Then he bought new Revo. The speed envelope is faster than usually. Faster than he was used to it...and he turns over something (like dolphins) and his body "sensors" tells him we are fast, but they werent. We know the video about Ken and Henry and their spiral dive. I am convinced it was no spiral dive - because spiral is ordinary FLYING MODE and we are teaching it all our students - there was real fall on the side of the wing after loss of speed. Ken isnt novice in trikes, but he was used fly other types of trikes and this was the reason. There werent transition training. Fortunatelly Henrys reaction was quick and right and they could tell us their story.
    I flew small wings here and I know differencies about how to fly it. But i was surprised about RivalX and other wings I have flown in US. Really as Larry said I flew their it by fingers only. Really impressive! Only Toms Conquest wing with Tanarg I flew from front seat with full controll. You can see on video how I was surprised and how easy by three fingers I moved the bar from side to side.
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 7 days ago
    That’s funny Jojinko, I’m glad you were impressed, not bad for a 14m? But it brought up a good point which is many have had such over control issues when switching to a more sensitive wing. You should try our Competition 11, RIVAL S and the Rascal 12 if you want to see really, really light controls. Next time...
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 7 days ago
    About the Ken and Henry “dolphin encounter” Ken had the same 12.5 m wing on his XT as Henry had on his Tanarg. So it wasn’t a problem of him not being used to the speed or the Wing. I do agree it was a speed/AOA problem and lack of stall recovery for sure. Looking down can cause even high time pilots to enter unintentional spirals or looking down on a landing can be very bad as well. But I stress spiral recovery which in Ken’s improper attmpt was keep pushing forward and add Throttle while attempting to level the wings. And now the correct reactions are what we are now teaching as mandatory flight training.
  • Jozinko Sajan
    by Jozinko Sajan 6 days ago
    It was the main reason why I went to the US - to try all US wings as possible. There were some Revo trikes with your wings but I flew Revo only with Henry. Really not bad for 14m.... Really good job Larry! Next time? Hmmm we will see... :)
    From 1990 we have in our training rules to teach students how to recognize when they fly very close the fall speed and we do fall after loss of speed and recovery from that unflyable mode.
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