December 2001 Issue
Route 66 Kite Club (R66KC)
Or go to: www.tmsquared.com/R66KC.htm (Please note that R66KC is in capital letters.)
Please note that there are several Hot Links usually in blue and underlined for your convenience. To access these simply click on them and they will take you there. (It is recommended that all articles be read.)
Quick Thoughts From The Editor
Welcoming A New Member
On-line Magazine Notation
Lets Do It Before It Is Really Cold
Letter From The Director And/Or AKA News
Notes From The Prez
Note From The Regional Director
This Months Flying Schedule
12/01/2001 - Saturday Avondale Park Opening And Fly
12/08/2001 - Saturday – Fly At Plateau Park
12/22/2001 – Saturday – Fly At Jim Jennings Park
What Happened On Last Months Flys
Long Term Dates And Plans\
Other Items Of Interest
Why Does A Delta Kite Fly?
Low-Fling Plane Snags Kite
Riverview Park In Stadium Crosshairs
14th Annual International Kite Festival In Gujarat India
Flying Tips From The Fly’n Hawaiian
Getting Your Dual-Line In The Air
Fun Kite Stuff – Flying School
Cover My Ass Legal Ease
Please Help Yourselves
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"And once you have tasted flight
you will walk the Earth with your eyes skyward,
for there you have been and there you long to return...."
-- Leonardo DiVinci
I hope that one and all have had a most GRAND of Thanksgiving Holidays with friends and family, for we all have much to be thankful for in these very different of times.
We want to give a very warm and hardy welcome to our newest member Richard Splain who is an existing AKA member and has just joined our little band this last 11/24/01 flying event at the Jim Jennings Park. Rich seems to be a rather happy and fun type of individual who will be a welcome addition to our tribe of kiters. So seek him out on the flying fields at the next event, and introduce yourselves, and make him feel right at home as we do with all of our kiting friends.
I have been reminded that there is an On-line Kiting Magazine that is available to those that cannot get enough of the Kiting news, stories, and events. For this you can find it at the following web address:
Well we have a couple more kiting events before the Christmas Holidays, and the really cold weather sets in. So lets all get out there and get reacquainted, while freshening up our skills before our hands become numb. And as our Region 12 Director (Glen) has pointed out, we need to be thankful that we can fly all through the winter season, where most are letting their skills go stale in our of the cold.
We still have not had the opportunity to fly at the new park down town at Indian School and Central Avenues location. (We will probably call it the Indians School Park since it sits on the old Indian Scholl grounds.) We need someone to scope it out and find a good place in that park for the club to congregate. So if someone has the time to check it out and give us a report back, we will schedule an event and scope out this park for its kitablity.
So keep your spirits up and we will be looking forward to seeing you on the fields very soon. Happy Holidays and....
Gadget Man Manson
From The AKA President
This is an exciting and dynamic time for kite enthusiasts. New materials and designs have opened the skies for our kite artists, sport kite fliers are having a ball with the new Hot Tricks shows, and kite surfing is bringing kites to the attention of a whole new (and slightly edgier) community. And of course, there is kite photography, kite education for kids, traditional kite "fighting" and *lots* more. We are a diverse group but we all share a sense of joy in the air.
The AKA is working hard to help enhance that joy - even when the circumstances are difficult. The “Freedom Flies” following September 11 are one good example.
Think back to that terrible afternoon and imagine what it was like to be a Board member and trying to decide the best thing to do. Four large events were scheduled the following weekend and their organizers called AKA for advice.
None of us knew what we might face in the next few days. But ultimately, we decided to urge events to go forward and for members to create new ones. Flying kites and spending time with friends is what we do, and we resolved that terrorism would not prevail by forcing us from the sky. Hundreds of impromptu events sprang up across the country and we received letters from fellow fliers around the globe who had joined us in a statement of solidarity and fellowship. In those dark days, I must tell you that I have never been as proud of the Association.
Another good example is National Kite Month. Last April, our program went from 175 registered events the previous year to more than 380. Each festival, fun fly or workshop was an opportunity to bring kiting to a new audience. It isn’t too early to be thinking about April 2002. Join the fun! If you want to register a local festival, fun fly, workshop or exhibit, just go to the AKA web page and sign up. It’s free!
AKA is doing good things and we want you to be a part of it -- even if you don’t choose to join. If you know someone else that would benefit from news about kiting, you can add the name to our affiliate roster by going to the AKA web page, http://www.aka.kite.org, and look under Membership in the Table of Contents pulldown menu.
And remember to have fun out there!
From Our Region 12 Director
OK, It's the 21st & a 1/2 Century, so how about Buggies & Fighter Kites?
Just a quick note to all of Region 12 that mixed in with the "Holidaze", we have some Southern California Kite'n going on.
This Saturday the November 17th, Two guys from Minnesota are arriving @ El Mirage Dry Lake for a weeks worth of Buggy FEVER. Even if you've never buggy'd, hop on over for good chat, meet traction folk from all over & see the comraderie that these people posess. If you're lucky, you may run into Chef Dave & Company (no pressure Dave)!
December 2nd puts us in Steve Bateman's trusty hands for his monthly Fighter Fly @ Silver Strand Beach in San Diego. Hey Steve, got a 7-Point Bridle yet?
Whether you can fly or not, please enjoy a happy, heathly, wind friendly end of the year. REMEMBER, being in Region 12 (and paying for it) means you can fly all winter long without breaking out your skis!!!
Best Wishes & Winds,
Glen E. Rothstein
Region 12 Director, American Kitefliers Association -
Come Fly With Us! www.aka.kite.org
Vice President, Southern California Sport Kite League -
Kite Flying hits new heights on the West Coast!...Check it out below:
Note: All flying events will be from 12:00 noon through 4 or 5 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
12/01/01 – Saturday – Avondale Regional Park Grand Opening And Kite Fly:
It is the understanding from the ArFF group that this will be a kite demo, and after that, wind permitting, open kiting would commence for the remainder of the day. (No Guarantees Though.)
The Avondale Public Library
Regional Park Grand Opening
(Located at 12325 W. McDowell Road (just east of the Agua Fria River), the new community park features
lighted baseball and soccer fields; a playground; concession building with restrooms, and a Japanese
gazebo and lanterns)
Saturday, December 1, 2001
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Produced by the Recreation Division of Community/Recreation Services Dept.
Music intro by Bobby Freeman, Arizona Diamondbacks Organist
10:00 a.m. City Council and City Staff Speeches
10:20 a.m. Soccer ball kick in by Council, or first ball pitched to
commemorate the Sports Complex Phase 1 opening
10:30 - Noon Kite Demo/lessons by Arizona Free Flyers (ArFF)
(kite flying and lessons until noon, main demo at 10:30 a.m.)
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. The Air Major Flying Dog Show
11:30 a.m. Sport demo - Soccer (soccer field)
11:30 a.m. T-ball demo - (softball field)
Noon -- End of Program
Activities and Food Info:
Soccer Demo and play by AYSO
T-ball by Litchfield Little League
Avondale Fire Dept Community Relations-Valerie/Splash the Clown
Plantation Express for snacks, hotdogs and hamburgers
Cactus Corn for Kettle Corn
Space Bounce for the kids from Taco Cabana
Balloon Twister Clown
Tour the Japanese area of the Regional Park. Learn about the
symbolism from our sister city in Kaizu, Japan (MAKI)
Arts and Crafts from the Avondale Public Library. Learn the
ancient art of Origami (paper folding)
Holiday Craft Sale by the Avondale Senior Community Center
Free to everyone! (except food items)
If you would like to do a "kite-demo" please contact Jo-Anne email@example.com or Dave
1. Begin at Phoenix, AZ on N Central Ave and go North for 0.2 miles
2. Turn left on W Fillmore St and go West for 0.5 miles
3. Turn right on N 7th Ave and go North for 0.4 miles
4. Turn left on ramp at sign reading "I-10 W to Los Angeles" and go West for 0.4 miles
5. Continue on I-10,Papago Fwy and go West for 12 miles
6. Exit I-10,Papago Fwy via ramp at sign reading "Exit 131 115th Ave to Cashion" and go West for 0.3 miles
7. Turn right on N 115th Ave and go North for 0.3 miles
8. Turn left on W McDowell Rd and go West for 0.5 miles
9. Turn left on N 119th Ave and go South for 0.2 miles
10. Turn right on Mobile Home Park and go West for 600 feet
12/08/01 – Saturday – Fly At Plateau Park: (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:
12/22/01 – Saturday – Fly At Jim Jennings Park: (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.
Please note that this park is hard to find so please bring the instructions with you!
Jim Jennings Park (North) Was the “Original Hippie Park”, and can be located by going north on I-17 to Bell Rd., west on Bell to 29th Ave., then south on 29th to Grandview, and finally west again on Grandview for two blocks. OR North on I-17 to the Bell Rd. exit. Then left on Bell Rd. to 29th Ave. which is a light. Then left on 29th Ave. down to Grandview. (Be careful this street can pass you by.) And the right on Grandview to the park.
(Note: This park may have other activities so keep an eye out for us flying on either side of this 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.
11/11/01 – Sunday – Fly At Riverview Report: No report available. (We could use some help writing up some of the articles. Just a paragraph or two about what happened and what fun times that were noted.
The Editor (Gadget Man Manson)
11/24/01 – Saturday – Fly At Jim Jennings Park Report: This began as a slow moving day with lots of kids and friends appearing for the day. The wind was not cooperating and we flew the ultra-lights much of the day. When they would not fly, we resorted to boomerangs, flying disks, and one remote controlled plane. Gadgets Grandaughter had fun when for about 30 minutes we actually had some real wind and she was able to fly a single liner for the whole time. And when not otherwise occupied with Grandma she was running a RC Truck. We had a new AKA flyer join the field, and then join the club. His name is Richard Slain and we should all give him a big hardy R66KC welcome when next we see him on the field. We want to also welcome Johnathan Delmars nephew to our little group as he is making himself a regular fixture at our events. (I’d tell you his name but I have the damnedest time remembering it.) So look for these flyers as well as our normal membership in the next few coming flys in the next couple of weeks.
(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.)
Nothing left for the rest of this year.
- - - 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.
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.
We still need ideas for this Charity Event!
Any thoughts anyone?
- - - Next Year - - -
01/01/2002 Tuesday - New Years Day Fun Fly (For those of us that can function that is.)
04/14/2002 - 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!
05/11/2002 –Third Annual Sister Club Fly In San Diego (This may be moved)
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!
09/20-22/2002 – September San Diego Sister Club Fly in San Diego w/ the TMF Social Club Event
More information to follow when available. See the May event below for lodging information.
10/05/2002 – Pacific Beach Festival – Major Event For The San Diego Kite Club
10/06/2002 – One Sky One World (OSOW) Annual kite event for world piece. More to follow as information becomes available.
10/18-20/02 – Hardyville Days/Art In The Sky Kite Fly – BullHead City
Note: Any ideas for events, please contact the Gadget Man at: R66KC@TMSquared.com.
Why Does A Delta Kite Fly?
My friend Sean has a photo in his office that shows him, his girlfriend and her daughter. The amusing thing about the photo is that his girlfriend isn't looking at you, she isn't looking at him, and she's not even looking at her daughter. His girlfriend is holding a spool of string and looking up at a kite. So is her daughter.
We talked about the photo and somehow he asked me about attaching a kite to the rear bumper of his car. I told him about many of the dangers involved and I also mentioned that you'd have to drive relatively slowly because most kites stop flying at about 25 mph. That seemed to interest him so he asked me the inevitable question, "Why?"
At first I explained that kites maintain a particular angle of attack to the wind and the tail of the kite often provides the drag necessary to keep the kite pointed into the wind. When the wind increases, the drag is no longer enough to do the job.
Later, I thought about it more and I gave another answer that's based on air pressure pushing against the sail. In heavier wind you need to increase the dihedral, but the angle found on most kites is fixed.
Is it possible to have a kite fly with it's wings open in light wind, then have the wings fold back to relieve the higher pressure? Yes. But it's already been done. Francis M. Rogallo invented the first flex-kite in 1948! It is the forerunner of the delta kite that could adapt to the wind.
The delta is not a flat kite. It's sail forms a "w" shape in flight so that it can dump the wind at the bottom. Most people add tails to improve performance in heavy wind. A shorter or more flexible spreader might also do the trick.
Vice President AKA
Kites Over New England
(Truly An Inspirational Tail.)
Indoor flying is magical. Anyone who has never seen it will not believe it. Way back in the early days when I was trying to book a gym, the most common question was: “Do you use big fans?” Of course not, it is magic!
When one has got beyond the point where you need to think about what to do, the kite becomes an extension of yourself. I tell people it is my only opportunity to be graceful. When there is no wind, you are free. The window widens to a hemisphere. The kite and you react to one another more intimately than ever before. Your movements become more suggestions than orders.
When you return to the flying fields in the outside world you find skills have developed and the wind range of all your kites seems to have expanded. You have learned to trust yourself and the kite. You may even feel the air as a fluid the kite floats in. I’ve tried to explain that the kite doesn’t care if the air is passing over it because the air or the kite is moving. The only difference between indoor and outdoor flying is the source of the energy: you or Nature. But these statements of the obvious don’t come close to what it feels like. It is magic.
You learn very quickly that you must be gentle. You need to work with the kite and it takes a lot less energy than you ever imagined. The thrill of your first 360 indoors brings you back to the day you first looped that Trilby.
Doing something so off the wall brings friends closer. Only the young can fly indoors for extended periods. That means everyone who wants to gets a chance to fly. We also gather to talk and hug and share the latest joke. These people who came to the gym are your friends. We share our toys.
When I fly it doesn’t matter who is watching. The music starts and the kite and I dance. The only reason I see the room at all is to keep flying. The world compresses to the area around you and the kite. I float with the kite and ride the music. It is a dance of subtle movements that link the kite to the music through my soul.
Low-Fling Plane Snags Kite
By John Swinconeck, York County Coast Star-Kennebunk, ME
OGUNQUIT - Conrad Gagne got the surprise of his life around noon on Nov. 15 when a low-flying plane snagged the kite he was flying out of his hands.
Gagne said he was flying his kite at the Beachmere Inn on Marginal Way, when a low-wing airplane buzzed overhead.
"It was low, very very low," said Gagne, 59, from his Goffstown, N.H. home. "People walking on Marginal Way actually ducked."
Gagne said he thought the plane, which he estimated was flying at an altitude of 250 to 300 feet, was "coming in to strafe me."
His kite, said Gagne, got caught either in the landing gear or on the wing.
"I had to maneuver my hands out of the string and spool," he said, "and all of a sudden, the kite and spool yanked themselves out of my hand. I released them just in time."
The spool, he said, was about the size of a Frisbee and, "shot out like a cannonball, like a bullet."
Gagne said the spool missed hitting people on Marginal Way by two or three inches.
"They have no idea how close they were to getting hit by spool or caught with string," he said.
The sudden pull of the sting, which Gagne said was a 30-pound-test line, caused lacerations on his fingers. Gagne said he almost lost a finger on his right hand, and suffered a cut on his thumb. As of Monday, Gagne said he hasn't seen a doctor, although he has complained of numbness in his injured finger.
"It's the most bizarre thing we ever heard of," said Gagne's wife, Frances, who was with him when the incident occurred. "It happened so quickly. It was a beautiful day. I was sitting in sun, and I heard the plane. . . It's as if that plane came from behind. My eyes bulged open, and I said, 'There's the plane!'"
"I really don't know where he came from," she said, "I really don't."
Frances said the pilot was pulling stunts left and right as he flew by the beaches, heading north.
Police are looking for a red, mono-winged aircraft with tan or beige trim. Johnson said the aircraft was not an ultra-light. The plane's identification number could not be read by witnesses, he said.
According to Johnson, Ogun-quit's ordinance prohibits aircraft from flying below 500 feet over the town.
As for the fate of his kite, Gagne said he last saw it fall off the plane and into the ocean. The line, he said, may or may not still be attached to the plane.
"It could have snagged anyone on the shore," said Gagne.
Gagne said the pilot actually acknowledged him by tipping the plane's wings, and was almost flying sideways.
"The guy had to be on something," he said. "Police told me catching the wing or the propeller with 30 pound test could have brought the plane down . . . it could have pulled my arm off, no problem."
Gagne, a retired car salesman, said he has been visiting Ogunquit for the past six or seven years, and that he usually enjoys staying at the Beachmere because it's "very, very quiet."
He is an avid kite flyer.
"I've been flying kites all my life," he said. "I know how to maneuver, I can tell where the breeze is coming from."
Gagne said he always flies over the ocean, and makes a point to avoid power lines, but he's never had anything like this happen before.
"You tell that to someone, and they say you're crazy," he said.
Riverview Park In Stadium Crosshairs
By Betty Beard
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 21, 2001 11:00:00
The Mesa City Council unanimously agreed this morning to submit two and possibly four sites for an Arizona Cardinals stadium to the state Tourism and Sports Authority, even offering to sacrifice one of its only two municipal golf courses.
Council members said they wanted to seize the opportunity to offer economic development opportunities that could benefit the entire East Valley. And although several members noted that it's a tight budget year, they didn't seem to flinch at the possibility of spending some taxpayer money, such as $12,000 to $15,000 to drill soil testing holes at each site. Mesa voters two years ago rejected a half-cent sale tax to build a convention center and stadium.
The council's first choice is the 250-acre, Hurley farm property northeast of Dobson Road and Eighth Street because it is right on the Red Mountain Freeway and ready to develop, although the owners have expressed some reluctance.
"It is a jewel in the metropolitan Valley," said Mayor Keno Hawker. "I don't think you will find a cleaner site. It's a cotton field."
In second place is a 67-acre site north of Eighth Street and east of Price Road that contains the nine-hole Riverview Golf Course. Council member Claudia Walters, who represents northwest Mesa, said she expects residents to strongly object to giving up the affordable course. Also, officials said it might not have enough parking spaces.
The city is mailing its "expression of interest'' letter today since city offices are closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. In the letter, Mesa also offers as a footnote a joint Mesa-Tempe site southeast of the Red Mountain (Loop 202) and Price (Loop 101) Freeways and a gravel pit near the Salt River and Alma School Road. Those sites would only be considered if the Tourism and Sports Authority agreed to allow more time, perhaps a year, to let cities explore those options.
Collected By The Fly'n Hawaiian
14th Annual International Kite Festival In Gujarat India
From 11th to 14th of January 2002
1/14/2002: Ahmedabad sightseeing.
Every Year a large number of foreign as well as Indian Kite Flyers participate and make this festival a grand success. We had participants from various countries participating in previous years and they brought a most fascinating array of different varieties of kites with them.
The festival is organized in Gujarat during this period because this coincides with the Hindu festival of "Makarsankranti" which is traditionally celebrated with the flying of kites in India.
This letter is to invite you and your friends, interested in our kite festival , to attend the above festival. I request you to kindly indicate whether you , your kite flying association , or any of your friends would like to participate in January 2002 International Kite Festival. Please let me know immediately along with the details regarding the names, age and address/ e-mail etc. of the participants who are interested in participating in this festival and also what kind of assistance you would require from us. As usual, we will be providing accommodation and local transportation in Gujarat and to and fro air fare between Delhi/Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Since this event requires a lot of prior preparation. I, would be grateful for an early response so that we can make the event a colorful success.
Gujarat Tourism, HK House, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad-380 009 Gujarat India.
Tips and Tricks from our own club expert, Roman (The Fly’n Hawaiian) Trugillo.
The Smile Factor
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!!
(Anyone Want To Provide Some Tips? Please Contact The Gadget Man With Your Ideas.)
Getting Your Dual-Line In The Air
Aloha, Kite Flyers! In this installment of “The Leading Edge” I will discuss several ways of getting your dual-line sport kite in the air. I will briefly go over beginner, intermediate, and advanced techniques in launching your sport kite with style as well as safety. Although some of these methods can take a novel to explain in words I’ll give you the basic idea and then you can ask an experienced flyer to show you how to do the move when you’re on the flying field.
2 Person Launch – Ask a friend to help you launch by having him stand downwind with the kite. Always be sure you have enough room behind you to back up if the wind isn’t strong enough. Give the signal to let the kite go and pull back on the handles.
Staked Kite – Stake your lines at the handles then walk to the other end to attach your sport kite. Make sure that the kite is nose up and leaning away from the handles. This prevents the kite from “self-launching”. Pickup the handles from the stake and you are in launch position.
Leading Edge Launch – Kite is near the edge of the wind window, one leading edge on the ground and the other in the air with the nose pointing away from the “power zone”. Let the upper leading edge fall towards you and walk backwards. As kite starts to move forward pull both handles and steer kite safely into wind window.
Pop-Up Launch – Kite is on its belly, nose away and slightly angled from the pilot. Pull hard on the handle that the nose is angled towards. The kite should “pop-up” into launch position or it should be flying.
Coin Toss – Start with the kite in a “tip stand” position. Pull handle of the upper wing to initiate a half-axle move. Be sure to slack the lower wing to get a smooth looking coin toss. When kite catches the wind steer it into your next trick.
Pop-Up to Fade – Kite is belly down, nose directly away from the pilot. Pull both handles equally and then release to allow the kite to pop-up and then fall into the Fade position. Walk backwards to sustain the maneuver.
Fade Launch – Kite is belly up, nose towards the pilot. Rock the kite back and forth with lines to allow air to flow underneath the kite. Carefully tend to the position of the kite as it lifts in the air. Rise the Fade high and then recover to normal flying position.
Dead Launch – Kite is belly down, nose towards the pilot. While taking steps backwards, tug on the handles two or three times to ease the nose up and to let the wind under the kite. Let the kite right itself into launch position and fly away. Warning: This launch can only be accomplished on kites with short spines or “trick tails” and will cause spine damage to other styles of sport kites.
Well, those are some different ways of getting your dual-line sport kite off the ground. Always be sure to put safety first before launching your kite. I’ll see you next time 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).
And Other Fun Stuff!
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