Dave Crawford

Dave Crawford

48 years old
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Rosenberg
United States
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No longer flying due to medical reasons

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    Dave Crawford
    Dave Crawford No longer flying due to medical reasons
    10 days ago
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    Dave Crawford
    Dave Crawford commented on Larry Mednick's picture.
    So it's something like a shock absorber connection from mast to wing?
    2 years ago
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    Dave Crawford
    Dave Crawford commented on Larry Mednick's picture.
    How does this roll damper help in such a big way with turbulence? Also, would this damper work\help on just about any weight-shift trike from ultralight bare-bones to beefy-bulky high HP trikes?
    2 years ago
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    Dave Crawford
    Dave Crawford Flying when I have the time
    2 years ago
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    Dave Crawford
    Dave Crawford whoa...30+ MPH in a BB trike with a 503 with a 12.5 wing!? Are you sure that setupcombo is spec-listed to handle that kind of wind?
    2 years ago
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    • white eagle
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      white eagle when i first saw the rev it caught my attention. with its wheels durable frame slow flight it reminded me of a piper cub. with the choices we have in triking today, the rev, solairus ,t lite, dragonfly i cant understand why more young people arnt getting the idea. Everything is socially driven like texting and gaming. We need a young eagles program in triking . I used to service cliff robertsons plane when he was promoting young eagles. Gosh what happened to that spirit! Sure not everyone can afford a high end trike, But pack up a far 103 trike, see the country has never been easier! If i were young right now id put little seaguls al over my vw micro bus ,tow a rev behind smash my smart phone, tune out,turn on, and drop up.
      2 years ago
    • Larry  Mednick
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      Larry Mednick The pilot has to be able to handle that kind of wind, but I have flow a 582 Jet Star with Manta 12.5 in 44 MPH. And I've flown the BB (which I'm not a big fan of) and it's the same animal. You asked for an inexpensive trike that could handle some serious wind and I named one for you.
      2 years ago
    • white eagle
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      white eagle 30 mph is pretty vauge. is the air laminate turbulant, wind shere? laminer air as in flat austrailia np . 30 mph in mountains in montana rotor city.
      2 years ago
    • Larry  Mednick
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      Larry Mednick Inland with a 10 MPH gust factor not down wing of any mountains. Basically a windy day...
      2 years ago
    • white eagle
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      white eagle just curious larry. what would be the most wind you personally would fly the tough lookin rev in.
      2 years ago
    • Larry  Mednick
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      Larry Mednick The REV is difficult to taxi in high winds for starters. About 12 MPH seems to be what is comfortable in it. It handles big thermals extremely well due to its slow speed. But it doesn't seem to like lots of wind. I'm sure I can fly it in. 20mph but that would be max and I haven't done that yet.
      2 years ago
    • white eagle
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      white eagle when i first saw the rev it caught my attention. with its wheels durable frame slow flight it reminded me of a piper cub. with the choices we have in triking today, the rev, solairus ,t lite, dragonfly i cant understand why more young people arnt getting the idea. Everything is socially driven like texting and gaming. We need a young eagles program in triking . I used to service cliff robertsons plane when he was promoting young eagles. Gosh what happened to that spirit! Sure not everyone can afford a high end trike, But pack up a far 103 trike, see the country has never been easier! If i were young right now id put little seaguls al over my vw micro bus ,tow a rev behind smash my smart phone, tune out,turn on, and drop up.
      2 years ago
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    Dave Crawford
    Dave Crawford With all the weight-shift pilots many of whom are engineers and others with decades of fly-time experience, why is it so hard for you guys to come up with a new design of a light, weight-shift aircraft that can fly through bumpy thermals and rough air without having to break the bank on a 912 or similar $$ engine? And it doesn't have to be weight-shift...a light, fixed wing design that can fly reasonably comfortable through mid-day thermals and bumpy air. And gyros don't count because they are too risky...one thing goes wrong with all those parts on the rotor assembly and shaft and it's bye bye for good.
    2 years ago
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    • white eagle
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      white eagle doug boyle one mans bump is another mans marshmello, i love it. ill remember that one! tony c. hooorah marsh mellows and hang gliders!
      2 years ago
    • Bill Chance
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      Bill Chance Don't guess you've ever flown a Cessna150 in rough air or tried to land one in windy conditions. I once shared a 172 with a friend and drove to pick him up from another airport more than once because it was to rough to land at our home airport. I don't have a 912 and I can fly in rowdy air. Not particularly fun though. And what becomes dangerous conditions for my little bird can be okay for other trikes with double surface wings. With W/S aircraft and three axis ships you have to be realistic in what you can fly in. And it depends on your skill level and bump tolerance. To me a good motto has always been "Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD!"
      2 years ago
    • Tony  Castillo
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      Tony Castillo I patiently waited for bumpy thermals and rough air before taking off with my Hang Glider!! and that is pretty inexpensive and has no engine.
      2 years ago
    • Leo Iezzi
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      Leo Iezzi Oh boy....
      2 years ago
    • Doug Boyle
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      Doug Boyle One man's bump is another's marshmallow...not until you stare in the mirror at a bruised eye socket can you really say!
      2 years ago
    • Larry  Mednick
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      Larry Mednick Go pick yourself up a used BB trike with a 503 and a Manta 12.5. I'd be happy to fly one in 30+ MPH. You should be able to get one for $10,000. It has 1 seat and you don't even need a license to fly it. It can do the task you ask. I normally may not even recommend one, but it can do the task you ask for.
      2 years ago
    • Larry  Mednick
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      Larry Mednick And to elaborate, and I think I speak for most all of here, trikes are the "magic carpet ride" of aircraft. We fly trikes because of how they fly and how much fun they are to fly. Utility isn't their strong suit. They are the motorcycles of the air.
      2 years ago
    • Dave Crawford
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      Dave Crawford whoa...30+ MPH in a BB trike with a 503 with a 12.5 wing!? Are you sure that setup\combo is spec-listed to handle that kind of wind?
      2 years ago
    • Tony  Castillo
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      Tony Castillo I guess Larry do not necessarily mean that you have to fly moving forward .... is fun to go backwards too !!
      2 years ago
    • Tony  Castillo
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      Tony Castillo I mean "Larry does" ... not "Larry do" ... sorry for the mistake but can't edit here !
      2 years ago
    • Tony  Castillo
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      Tony Castillo were did my money for English As Second Language ELS 99 went :-(
      2 years ago
    • Doug Boyle
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      Doug Boyle Have you ever seen a Cub land backwards? The aircraft does not know/care the velocity of the airstream. Only when it flows around obstacles (like a rock in the middle of a stream) does it get dicey. Then there is runway alignments to contend with in the decision-making process; however, trike-flying allows for more wiggle room in that regard. As the airstream slows down (friction of the earth) as you descend your airspeed can be impacted by large or abrupt changes in velocity. Gusts, shears, and turbulence are examples! Your "spread" between cruise and stall, as well as the wing loading, makes these variations more critical in most Trikes. Beach flying in 30mph (from the sea) is a lot different than inland flying in the same!
      2 years ago
    • white eagle
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      white eagle doug boyle one mans bump is another mans marshmello, i love it. ill remember that one! tony c. hooorah marsh mellows and hang gliders!
      2 years ago
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    Dave Crawford
    "Dave Crawford" commented on Paul Hamilton's Blog "Why I purchased a new trike and decided on a Revo.".
    Am I the only one here that thinks the Revo looks like a bulky hot mess? I prefer the more bare bones and lighter trikes. Sure they not as fast but are more fun and challenging to fly.
    2 years ago
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    Dave Crawford
    "Dave Crawford" commented on Paul Hamilton's Blog "Cost of Aviation Trikes".
    I had to drop my first trike instructor because I felt he was more interested in making a sale off me with one of his high end trikes and talking down to perfectly good lower end models and configs. Kind of hipocritical because he himself flew 503 ...
    2 years ago
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    Spencer Forman
    Spencer Forman Activated Dave Crawford's Account.
    3 years ago

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