Trike School With Larry Mednick
Trike instructor, author, manufacturer, and competition pilot Larry Mednick has released a one-hour instructional video on DVD with 12 flying lessons suitable for pilots ranging from novice to advanced. The video-within-video technique depicted in the DVD box cover photo helps demonstrate what’s being explained and includes views from the cockpit and from the ground. Trike School With Larry Mednick includes some low-level and action scenes that illustrate why trikes are sometimes called the motorcycles of the air.
The first lesson on hand position and grip on the control bar, combined with lesson two on moving the control bar, provide a foundation for the remaining lessons. Even experienced pilots may find helpful information at this elementary level, and the advanced lessons on crosswind takeoffs, go-arounds, and gusty conditions can help the expert pilot understand why things work the way they do. The flying scenes were taken at a variety of locations such as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the Trikefest fly-in. Lesson nine on how to use the throttle shows a variety of trikes landing at AirVenture including a red single-seat trike flown by Light Plane World Editor Dan Grunloh.
The video lessons are excellent but shouldn’t be considered a replacement for a real instructor. You can’t teach yourself how to fly a trike by watching a movie. Such attempts nearly always end with a wrecked trike or worse. Beginners can benefit from the video because the lessons will give them a preview of what to expect in their first flight and a better understanding of what they’ll experience in actual flight lessons.
Larry Mednick has logged nearly 4,000 flight hours. He and codeveloper Abid Farooqui manufacture the Revo S-LSA trikes seen in much of the footage, but the video lessons are free of commercial promotion and advertising. The DVD includes three free short videos after the last lesson that provide details about their aircraft and what they can do. The cost of the DVD is $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. You can visit their website www.TrikeVideos.com to see a video sample and purchase the DVD.
More information about the American-made Revo S-LSA trike can be found at www.EvolutionTrikes.com. Trike School With Larry Mednick was filmed and produced by Wesley and Marsha Frey. Check out more examples of their work on the wesfrey11 YouTube channel.