February 2001 Issue
Route 66 Kite Club (R66KC)
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Quick Thoughts From The Editor
Letter From The Director And/Or AKA News
This Months Flying Schedule
What Happened On Last Months Flys
Long Term Dates And Plans
Other Items Of interest
Questions To The Club
Special Tips and Tricks From The Fly’n Hawaiian
Notes From Our Very Own Kite And Banner Maker
Fun Kite Stuff
Lost Puppies And Things For Sale
Cover My Ass Legal Ease
Please Help Yourselves
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Well this appears to have been a rather windy month so I hope that you all have had a chance to go out and fly those Christmas Kites. Some of us have been fighting virus’s and have not had much of a chance to do anything but blow our noses. Well I wanted to remind everybody that Arizona Free Flyers (ArFF) has their bulletin board back up for local chatting which can be found at: www.delphi.com/arff
As for the National Kite Month (NKM) Events, the Anthem Fun Fly in March is currently the only item on the Arizona agenda. This will be a wonderful event once again and we want to support the Tucson group however we can with this event just north of Phoenix. But we would still like to find some springtime event of our own, in conjunction with some other city, company, or church event. So keep your ears open and the club in mind so we can come up with another great event for the National Kite Month (NKM).
Good Morning Thomas
My wife, Ardith and myself, Charlie will be in Scottsdale from Feb. 6(Tues) until Feb 11 (Sunday). We are both very active kite fliers from Toronto Canada. In fact my wife just returned from Hong Kong as part of the Canadian team for the first ever Hong Kong kite festival. She was over there with David Gomberg from your country.
Anyway the reason for my e-mail is two fold. First we are coming down to Arizona to look for a possible retirement area to live in but do not know the state at all .My wife has breathing problem and we are looking for a dry climate. Would it be possible to meet up with any of your members or yourself to find out more about areas that are good (safe) to live in, don't get too cold in the winter e.g. We have in mind something like an RV home in a park with a little bite of property.
Also are you having any flies that weekend . We could bring down some kites and join up with your club.
We fly Stunt kites as part of a three person team call "Spirits in the Wind." We have not competed in the AKA for a couple of years do to teams member health problems. My wife also flies two stunt kites to music at once which is why she was invited to Hong Kong. You can see pictures of her fling if you go to www.hkkitefestival.com. Click on participants then Canada . If you click on her picture you will get three different shots.
If you could give us any help it would be greatly appreciated and if we decide to become snow birds in Arizona we would love to join your club.
Thanks in Advance
As for the Spring Schedule, it seems to be filling up quite nicely. Please take a gander at the Future & Annual Events section for all of the activities in the March and April time frames. Which brings me to the Second Annual Sister Club Kiting Event in San Diego. Our sister club, the San Diego Kite Club (SDKC) and the R66KC are getting together in San Diego, (due to their great winds) for a joint Sister Club fly and pot luck hosted by the SDKC. Later in the evening there will be a Bar-B-Que and night fly on the beach hosted by the R66KC. For more details see the Future & Annual Events section below or click the hot link underlined in blue.
The Latest Correspondence:
Regarding Our Second Annual R66KC/SDKC Sister Club Get Together
From out sister Club in San Diego:
Dear Mr. Manson,
I just realized in checking with several of our members no one has contacted you concerning your visit.
Everything is all set for your visit to our meeting at Tecolote Shores South of the Hilton(Mission Bay Area) May the 12th 2001.
We will have a Potluck and add it to our monthly mailer card to let all of our members know.
My apologies for not confirming this earlier.
Current President San Diego Kite Club
The R66KC response:
As with last year, I would like to extend and invitation to anyone that would like to come and join us for a on the Beach Night Fly later that evening. Special invitation to you and the current, as well as past, region 12 directors as well.
As with last year we have a cottage right on the beach with a open area with tables, chairs, umbrellas, and a bar-b-que. We wanted everyone to come by for cocktails (BYOB) and a night fly, BYOKL or bring your own kites and lights. We will also have the bar-b-que setup and going for anyone that would like to bring something to bar-b-que for themselves for dinner. The Route 66 Kite Club (R66KC) will be providing chips and dips for all. Those that want to just come and enjoy the show are invited as well. There is a Ralph's across the street from the cottages that we will be staying at so that it will be easy to pick up supplies there. And we will be making arrangements for parking at the cottages for those that come.
The time and address are as follows:
May 12th 6:00pm
The Beach Cottages
4255 Ocean Blvd.
Please include all of this information in your next new letter so we can wow the board walkers with a dazzling night time display. In years past we have had people come from miles in both directions to see what the UFO's in the sky were. (Even the police came to investigate and stayed for 45 minutes.)
So we are all looking forward to seeing you there.
Gadget Man Manson
Hello Everyone! Happy New year!
This is my first email to the membership as your new AKA president and I’m delighted to be announcing an exciting new program -- the Great AKA Monthly Raffle!
Go to the AKA web page now at <www.AKA.kite.org> and click on the Raffle button for pictures and details!
Those of you who have attended a convention know the excitement and fun generated by our auction and raffles. Now we are expanding those opportunities to a series of monthly events so that everyone has a chance to win one of these incredible kite packages.
Here’s how it works. Each month we will be adding a “big ticket” item to the raffle. A limited number of tickets (usually about 400) will be issued at $5 each. You can buy the tickets through our secure Association web page, send a check to the office, or call 800-252-2550 with your credit card number. We will sell the remaining tickets and pull the winning number at a major kite event each month.
The first three items are already online:
January - a Catch the Wind 75 square foot Bulldog Parafoil, 45 foot spinsock, and line ($1250 value). Winner drawn at Kites on Ice
February - a 28 foot giant spinning Crown in your choice of colors ($899 value). Winner drawn at Fort Worden.
March - a complete buggy package from Active People with buggy, several kites, lines, handles, helmet ($3000 value). Winner drawn at Smithsonian.
The new April prize is online now. For $5, you have a chance at ten – yes ten -- big kites valued at over $1200. Win a whole flock of 3-dimensional bird kites designed by Joel Scholz!
Pink Floyd the Flamingo or Percy the Pelican are each over 10 feet wide and packed with 3-D inflatable fun. Take your choice - 10 of either, or mix and match. Fill the sky, outfit your club, or take care of all your holiday shopping early!
The super stability and life-like flight of these superb creatures will astound and amaze bird and kite lovers alike! The Scholz collection has been donated to the AKA by Go Fly a Kite.
You can buy tickets for one, two, or all three items. And remember to check back at the beginning of each month to see what super new item we have added next!
Al Sparling, Chuck Sigal, and Rob Cembalest have worked hard to make the raffle program a reality. When you see them, be sure and congratulate them for a job well done.
One other thing -- AKA is working very hard right now to re-build our membership base, strengthen our finances, and broaden our support of kiting and the programs we offer members. We need your help to make that happen. Buying a few tickets each month gives you a shot at a really super kite. But it is also an important part of our effort to balance the budget. So support kiting and buy a few tickets!!!
And don’t forget to go recruit a new member too!
*** David Gomberg, President ***
American Kitefliers Association
Want to see your artwork on the backs of hundreds of kitefliers? Want pinheads from around the world oohing and aaahing over your design talents?
We are looking for just the right logo design for the upcoming Billings convention. This design will appear on t-shirts, pins, promotional items, brochures, etc. (So, you need to make your design easy to adjust for different items.)
The deadline for submitting designs is February 14th with entries going to Maureen Posillico, 2017 Victoria Drive, Stafford, VA 22554.
Think Billings. Think Montana. Think Big Sky Country.
Oh, yes. The prize for the winning logo is a full complimentary registration to the Billings convention.
Questions? (540) 288-9417
Mel at AKA HQ
Note: All flying events will be from 12:00 noon through 4 or 5 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
Special Welcome To Canadian Experts Fly At Riverview 02/10/01 – Saturday: (See web site Kite Field Recommendations for maps.) As per usual the fly times are from 12 noon to about 5pm in the afternoon. Let’s try to do dinner and drinks after.
Let’s all have a big welcome for Ardith and Charlie Quanbury From Canada!
Riverview Park (Southeast) This Park is located approximately one quarter of a mile south of Highway 202 on Dobson Road. Take the 202 to the Dobson Road turnoff and head south. The park is on the west side of the road.
Kiters That Can Fly:
Distance To Amenities:
Club Fly At The Plateau Park – 02/25/01 – Sunday: (See web site Kite Field Recommendations for maps.) As per usual the fly times are from 12 noon to about 5pm in the afternoon. Let’s try to do dinner and drinks after.
Plateau Park (Northeast) This park is located approximately 100 Yards north of Union Hills on 16th Street. Take I-17 north to Union Hills, and go east to 16th Street. Then go north on 16th Street to Wescott and turn east. Parking can be found about 100 yards east of 16th Street on Wescott. We fly at the northern most ball field.
Kiters That Can Fly:
Distance To Amenities:
Note: By popular demand and the desire to socialize after a fly with a meal and possibly drinks, the club flying events will be moving, periodically, to SATURDAYS!!! Stay tuned as to when this will start. Park selection will be alternated so that no single group of individuals will have to drive a long way all of the time.
Special Note: Lady Hummingbird and the Gadget Man have purposely bought three indestructible Beetles for guests! Please do not hesitate to ask for them when you have a guest attending our events.
Fly Report For The Hippie Man Park The Riverview Park – 01/13/01 – Saturday:
The fly on January 13th was a two man get-together. The weather was nice with the typical AZ winds. Zip-nada to 4 mph with major wind shifts. I met Rocky Point Howard and together we tried to put in some time on Prism's Ozones. Short bouts of flying were interspersed with chat and trip around with a remote control car until I hit a puddle a bit too slowly and cooked an electronic speed control. Water and electronics still don't mix folks. Howard also took possession of his new (To him) Rev EXP.
Both Howard and myself lamented the lack of company on the field. We need to figure out a way to R.S.V.P. for the flys. I personally would like to fly at some of the other parks. We have, in the past, rotated through other parks. It's been a while since we've been to a new park or some of the old favorites like 16th St.. and Union Hills.
Fly Report For The Riverview Park – 01/28/01 – Sunday:
Phoenix open ....HMMMPF! Super Bowl..... PISHA!!!!!!! RAIN??? OH WAAAAAH!!!!!
NO FLY INDEED!!!!
I FLEW BY GOLLY! Up in Payson next to the Casino there. yes there was a foot of snow on the ground and snow coming down BUT YA DON'T HEAR ME SNIVELING! he he he he
Had a consistent (oops did I say CONSISTENT???? YES I DID) 8 MPH wind and plenty of spectators at the Casino and a good view was had by anyone going up the Beeline Hwy.
Well I think I know how Ron Rich learned to fly by the hips. Cause I had no gloves and I learned how to fly with my hands in my pockets. I didn't bring deicing crew so after the leading edges got iced up I had to wrap it up. I did get in a good solid hour of air-time. (besides I had no snow shoes and couldn't feel my feet)
Rain, sleet, snow, super bowl or golf If the wind blows ya gotta fly!!!!!!!
I am sorry to hear your ill Tom. always knew ya were a little sick :oP Hope you and The Mrs. Are back up and about real soon.
(Special Note: We need to find more parks with an audience to introduce more non-fliers to the sport. Some discussion at the last fly was made of parks that might fit the bill. Please send in your recommendations ASAP so that we can start trying them out. R66KC@TMSquared.com.)
03/17/2001 Saturday – NKM Fountain Hills Fun Fly
The official re-opening of the Fountain Park will be held on St. Patrick's Day! At Fountain Hills, Fountain Park From 10:00am-5:00pm. The Park re-opening ceremonies are from 11:00-1:00
The Arizona Free Flyers group would like to invite all the local kite flyers who enjoy this local favorite flying location to come join in on the St. Patrick's Day opening celebrations with us! This "Fun fly" event will be a great warm up for the "Anthem" event coming up the very next weekend!
Kite events will include: Fighter kites, Single line, ROK Battles (bring your new Roks everybody!), Stunt Kite Demos, Team Demos, Kite displays and other fun and games. A live Band will be playing, and the Fountain will flow GREEN in honor of St Patrick's Day! For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
03/18/2001 Sunday – NKM 9th Annual Spring Kite Fiesta In Tucson
(March looks to be a busy month for Arizona Kite flyers!)
This great Fun Fly event in Tucson is filled with lots of fun for all! Kite making workshops for kids, Stunt Kite demos, single-line kite displays, Boomerang demonstrations, great thumping sound system and huge candy drops never fail to put a smile on your face. Don't miss this great Arizona Kite Event, held at "Arthur Pack Park" in Tucson, March 18 from 10-5, now in it's 9th year!
Directions: Take I-10 to the Ina Rd. Exit, go east on Ina Rd. to Thornydale. Turn North on Thornydale, go 3/4 mile (follow signs) to "Arthur Pack Park". You can't miss it, just look for the kites!
For more info contact Jo Ann at: email@example.com
03/24-25/2001 – NKM Anthem Fun Fly
Take I-17 North about five miles from the Carefree Highway, north of Phoenix. Exit at the Anthem Way exit, then turn right and drive into the community. As you come to the park fountains, take another right (before the fountains) and proceed to the second parking lot on the left. The event is from 10am to 4pm, and will be a long day so bring your shade, water, and chairs. You will need to arrive early to get good parking because this will be a big event. This event is the second annual Anthem Days event so there will be lots of vendors, and events all over the place. The Fun Fly sponsors, the Tucson group, have requested that we bring our short line sets due to the limited space available. In this way, we should be able to get more people on the field at the same time. This will be the biggest event of the season, so come and join the fun.
2nd Annual Anthem Days Kite Festival
Mark your calendars kite flyers, this event is back again for the second year!
The official dates for this event are March 24-25, 2001.
-Event will be held at "Del Webbs Anthem" communities in North phoenix-
3711 W. Anthem Way
Phoenix, AZ 85086
(3 miles north of the carefree highway on I17)
Kite field is on the south west soccer field
Kite field times are from 8-4 each day
-Once again this event is coordinated by-
the Coyote Kite Club of Tucson
The Arizona Free Flyers
-This year promises to be bigger and better with more kite activities planned-
Huge Single Line Kite Displays
Stunt-Kite Trick Shootout
Special Guest Flyers
(more events will be added)
Kites, food, fun and sun and a whole lot more, so plan now to attend!
Have something special for the show?
Want to help out with the activities?
Want more info?
Contact in Phoenix:
Contact in Tucson:
**Festival up-dates will be posted as this festival progresses and will be distributed in a timely fashion to all interested parties. Real time updates and festival progress will be posted on the Arizona Free Flyers Bulletin Board (enter as guest) located at: http://www.delphi.com/arff
04/15/2001 - Easter Assention Tradition
One of our members, Juan, states that he has a tradition in the country that he is from, Guyana, which is to fly kites during Easter, especially Easter Sunday. Actually, this is the only time kites are flown in Guyana he states. The reason being that sending a kite up into the skies is significant of Jesus's resurrection and ascension to the Father. He keeps this tradition with his family and plans on flying Easter Sunday. We may or may not plan a fly on Easter each year, mainly because lots of us plan on being together with family on this special day, but we will all be with Juan in spirit. If you remember this tradition from Guyana on Easter, try to get a kite up and think of this tradition.
If anyone has or knows about traditions such as this, please send them in so that we can share them all with the rest of the club. And let’s all join Juan and Guyana in this wonderful Easter Ascension tradition!
05/12/2001 – Route 66 Kite Club Fly With Our Sister Club the San Diego Kite Club (SDKC). Come and tryout some really great winds with loads of fun for the whole family. Sea World, Old Down, Seaport Village, Mission Bay, Mission beach, the ocean, shopping, and a myriad of other things for the family to do. We will be joining the SDKC, (http://www.sdkc.net) at their Mission Bay Park for a Sister club fly on Saturday, with a night fly on the beach Saturday evening hosted by R66KC. A Saturday evening barbecue will be promoted as well. We would like to have everyone stay at the same hotel if possible for easier logistics. The “Beach Cottages” hotel is on Mission Boulevard (858) 483-7440 and right on the beach for everyone’s enjoyment with lots of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. The rooms run from $75-$85/night for hotel rooms through $250/night for a two-bedroom cottage. Jane and I have a one-bedroom cottage that we all can congregate at, so my recommendation is the cheaper rooms. Everyone should get their reservations in early because this is a popular place. Hope to see you all there!
09/21-23/2001 – September San Diego Sister Club in San Diego w/ the San Diego Kite Club Event. More information to follow when available. See the May event below for lodging information.
10/07/2001 – One Sky One World (OSOW) Annual kite event for world piece. More to follow as information becomes available.
- - - Ideas For New Events - - -
We need help with these so if you have any ideas that will support this event, please let us know by dropping us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunshine Acres Children’s Home/Orphanage Charity Event – We need help in coming up with ideas for this charity. I have raised $10,000/year for this Children’s home through the Harley Owners Group (HOG), but do not have a clue as to how the R66KC can raise money for these needy kids. Please send your ideas to email@example.com Thanks.
We still need ideas for this Charity Event!
Any thoughts anyone?
- - - Next Year - - -
Nothing as yet scheduled for next year.
Well you guessed it, I finally came up with an idea. With all of the events that enjoy having us signal their events with a kite, would could request donations to our charity on our behalf for our efforts! (yea like right, what effort... ha ha). So keep this in mind and perhaps we can get more big event planned, and some real monies for the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home.
Rocky Point Kite Festival – This is still being looked into by Rocky Point Howard. We should be getting some additional information on this in the near future.
Note: Any ideas for events, please contact the Gadget Man at: R66KC@TMSquared.com.
Preacher Man May Have An Event Or Two For Us To Support
You know, I hadn't given it much thought until you mentioned it. As a matter of fact, we discussed in our staff meeting yesterday, the possibility of having some kind of "Spring thing" (we have a Harvest Festival in the Fall that is well attended and think a Spring event would do equally well) utilizing the services of a bunch of those huge blow up toys (moon bounce, Sumo wrestling, obstacle course, etc.) and adding R66KC would be a nice touch! We have EXCELLENT exposure as our building faces East on Tatum Blvd. (between Bell and Union Hills). The drive by exposure is tremendous. We are just finishing a new parking lot and by then, we should have a nice sized field of grass adjoining the new parking lot which would be perfect for a few dualies and quads as well!
We'll work further on the dates and I'll keep you posted. Peace to you and thanks for your interest in our church!
Hope to see you soon,
And May God's breath be in your sails,
Christopher "Preacher Man" Green
Childhood Kite Reel Resurfaces For Preacher Man
I'm so glad you followed me to my new address. I couldn't continue justifying the cost of an additional ISP, when I have complementary service through my office. Things are fast and furious for us around here, but I so appreciate your writing back!
I don't know if you remember, but I once wrote and told about my dad planning to make a single-line winder similar to the high dollar ones in the catalogues. Well.... Christmas night, much to my surprise(since I had long forgotten about it) he presented me with a beautiful custom made winder! It works well and on one recently stormy Monday I ventured out to Buffalo Ridge Park (16th Street and Union Hills) and let my 6 foot delta have all the line it would take. It was fun and kind of took me back to childhood.
You see, when I was just about five or six years old, my dad made my own box kite winder (I was the only kid on the street with one). It was a simple three sided box with a spool in the middle and a crank handle. We don't know where it is now, but my new one is far superior.
Nicely finished of oak and other various hardwoods, it has a friction feed brake and nylon strap to secure the hand lathe-turned knobs. There are two knob positions, one for speed winding and the other for leverage. It's a pretty cool little rig.
We are hoping to make it out to the next club fly and debut it for everyone there.
Dad said he made templates of all the pieces and will be willing to fabricate a few as demand dictates. He's more interested in people having fun and isn't in it for the money, but will need to cover cost of materials and time. Clearly he'd be under catalogues in price and all could say they've met the "artist" and receive a signed and numbered piece.
It's nice to revisit our childhood, isn't it? What is it you say, "Just because you are getting old, doesn't mean you have to act like it!" How true!
Well, here's to seeing you (hopefully) in the field soon.
May God's breath be in your wings,
Christopher "Preacher Man" Green
Custom Skysurfer Project
The power train is pretty much finished. After snapping an axle or two I've got the kinks worked out. The major hold up now is the sail and that part of the project has come to a screaming halt until I can get my sewing machine to stop snapping needles. I'm in a heated argument with the store that sold me the machine and it's getting to the point that I'm about ready to return the machine through the front window of the store and cancel the Visa charge. So, until I can get this resolved, all sewing projects are on hold. (Sorry Tom) I'm hoping for a resolution to this problem in the next week or two. I'll keep everybody posted.
Till next time,
Al-Habib, The Tent Maker
Illusion 2000 SUL On Order
My custom I2K SUL has been ordered and should be here early February. Due to the KTAI show, things are grinding slowly at Prism right now. I'll keep you in the loop as I get information. The I2K will only be offered in Mylar and the Mylar will be un-reinforced. (Ala Vapor). Rumor has it that the I2K will not be offered in the all Fabric wing due to a lack of demand. Something like 95% of all the I2K's requested have been in the Mylar wing. So if you want an all fabric I2K, order one now folks, because the option might disappear in the near future.
As usual, when I get it, you all invited to put some time on the wing. The I2K SUL is a custom order job and there are no plans (I've talked to both Prism's folks and Dan at GWTW) to have it as a "on-the-shelf" item. The cost (don't flinch too much) for the I2K SUL is $375 plus S&H. On the plus side, you get to chose your colors.
Till next time,
Al-Habib, The Tent Maker
A Love Story
The TV show "Blind Date" has recently featured the "Blind Date" winners going to the beach to fly stunt kites for their prize. The kite shops featured were, Up Up and Away Kites located at Seal Beach, and Kite Connection on the Hunting Beach Pier.
Reminds me of Kay and I's first, not Blind, but "First Official Date".
It took place in the hot July weather, we shopped all day and then went out for dinner. I had a surprise in store for the evening! Stashed in the trunk were some Delta single-liners, snacks, and a blanket. All set and ready for my surprise, I only had to hold out till it got dark!
Yup, a First Date Night Fly! Finally it was dark enough to break the news. We were going to fly kites at night! The look on Kay's face was kind'a like, "Oh really?.....OK", and off to the park we did go.
Lucky for me, the wind turned out great for a July night, a gift from the Gods. I remember sitting there flying the Deltas with Kay and thinking that I was Soooooooooo clever, putting lights on the kites at night! I thought we were really doing something no one had ever tried. This moment was actually the official start of our kite flying!
Whenever I launch a kite now, it instantly brings me back to that night, the night of our "First Date".
-Dave and Kay
The ArFF Group
Whilst flying out at Riverview last Sunday, Victor had his new Arizona Banner out and flapping in the wind beautifully. It looked so good in fact, that a Mesa Fire Engine came to a screeching halt right next to the flying field!
The "Captain" of the Engine cambered out and came over to us, while the truck filled with firemen watched the "action" that was going on above kite field with amazement.
The Fire Captain wanted to know all about the nifty Arizona Banner that was marking the field. He said that they were very impressed with the banner and especially the caliber of Flyers that they were watching! The Captain then related that they just had to stop and say something about it!
When the Fire Truck finally drove off, it was full of happy smiling firemen's faces..
Way cool........ I'm sure they will be back sometime soon.
Ya never know what will happen, when Flying at Riverview! One thing is for sure though, there are some GREAT fliers there!
The ArFF Group
The New Central Phoenix Park Report
Unfortunately, I don't have any flying to report from last weekend.
However, last week I drove over to the new park that is being constructed at the site of the former Phoenix Indian School at Central and Indian School. There is lot of construction going on now (finally), including site grading, underground utilities, and perimeter walls and structures. Three of the old historic buildings on the site have been saved from demolition and will eventually be restored.
The project manager told me that the park should be open in late July of this year. He also told me that the northeast corner of the park should be fairly flat and wide open, and generally pretty good for kite flying (I mentioned to him that many local kite flyers have their eyes on this new park).
I took a few photos of the site. The photos are not the greatest, but they will give you some idea of the work that is happening. I'll keep you informed of the progress of this new park.
Chris The Schermanator Scherman
Here is a great page for kite knots. I have always wondered how Prism did that great locking/sliding bridle knot. Well now we all know.
New Shirt Order To Go In
The club currently has an order for five(5) additional shirts. We have a deal with the shirt maker that will allow us to submit small orders with no penalty. We will be ordering these 5 shirts and want to know if there are any additional shirt orders that should be added. Please contact Gadget Man Manson R66KC4@tmsquared.com as soon as possible so we can save some time, effort and money.
Reminder: Renewal Registration For R66KC
It has been determined that it would be too difficult to track and contact each one of you individually, as to when your Club dues become due. Due to this, the May timeframe has been selected as the date for club membership renewal. Also, dues collected at any other time of year from new members will not be pro-rated. Our intent is to keep the process simple, and keep the dues down to $5.00/person/year, which is cheep compared to some clubs that charge as much as $25.00/person/year or more. If anyone has any problems with this please contact me at your earliest convenience.
Warning: We need responses to the following questions in a timely manor, from all of the membership. If we cannot get the needed responses, we may have to call an actual meeting, eeeeeeuuuuuuuuwwwwwwwww. :-(
No new questions at this time.
Tips and Tricks from our own club expert, Roman (The Fly’n Hawaiian) Trugillo.
The Smile Factor
(By Our Fly’n Hawaiian)
I fly for the smiles :)
The smiles I get when I pull off a double axle with practically no wind....
The smiles I see on a kid when he sees a colorful kite in the air....
The smiles that go around when meeting new kiters for the first time....
The smiles that go around when you meet up with long, lost kiters....
The smiles that are anticipating the next kite you pull out of your bag....
The smiles that are brought to a special kiting event....
Start racking up some frequent flyer smiles!!! Go and fly a kite!!
Aloha, Kite Flyers! Hope you’re having a great New Year so far. I know I am. :0)
This month I’d like to share ways on helping your fellow man. Or newbie kite flyers in this case. You’ve seen them at the park. They may be a small kid or an adult. Sending up their $15 kite (to them it’s a fortune) running in the wrong direction, wondering why the kite won’t stay up in the air. They look at you flying in virtually no wind and still wonder why…why won’t my kite fly?!
Whenever I see this scenario I usually wait until they look like they’re about to give up on the kite. Then I go over and give them a quick lesson on reading the wind and why my kite stays up in the air. I usually grab a few blades of grass, throw them up in the air and show them which direction the wind is blowing. This is the easiest visual to show a newbie wind direction (unless you are flying in a parking lot). Depending on the type of kite, single or dual-line, I help orient the flyer and the kite so that they are ready for launch. Then with a ‘one, two, three, go’, I send them off running. I’ll remind the newbie that the wind speed and their experience with flying the kite have a lot to do with keeping the kite up in the air.
If they’re interested in how my kite stays up in the air I’ll invite them over to check out the kites, give them a short demonstration, and ask if they want to go for a test drive (depending on the wind and their comfort level).
Remember that we were all once newbies. I would have given anything to have a kite lesson when I was a kid. Too many memories of kite eating trees and losing my kite when my line would run out on the spool. Come to think of it, those were great lessons!
Until next time, I’ll see you on the Leading Edge!
Straighten up and fly right!
Note: Please feel free to give Roman holly hell the next time you see him. He has reported that he will be spending the New Year celebration in Hawaii!!! And he has indicated that he does not need a manservant to carry his bags for him, (boo hoo).
Al-Habib’s Charter: I will be more than happy to help anybody who wants to design or make a kite, banner, or kite bag, (to the best of my ability), on a one-on-one basis.
Nothing to report at this time. So give him a call if you have something that you would like built. The the Gadget Man single line bag.
Al-Habib, The Tent Maker
And Other Fun Stuff!
Al-Habib is planning on selling a few Kites
I will be thinning out some kites and sundries from my flight kit. As club members, y'all will get first crack at the stuff before I try to sell it to the general kiting public.
Stuff that's slated for sale:
2 Buena Vista Pi
10 Triad Clones
Lotsa wrist straps
A kite bag or two
Possibly more as I dredge through the bags.
Jonathan (Al-Habib, The Tent Maker) Delmar
(To contact Jonathan regarding a purchase, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org )
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