Tied to the Sky / how to fly a stunt kite
Nov 18, 2016
Choosing an appropriate flying location for your kites is often given little thought. For many, they look at the trees or a flag flapping in the breeze and decide to head to their local green space to fly kites. But did you know that the landscape (topography) of the flying locations has a huge impact on your kite performance?Trees, hills, and buildings affect the quality of the wind you have in the typical flying zone and can thwart the successful launch of even some of the best kites. On the prairies, I often describe the wind as "trashy" and by...
Sep 27, 2012
Well it's official. The summer of 2012 has officially ended giving way to autumn. The leaves are changing color and falling from their soon-to-be sleeping hosts, and the smooth gentle winds blow them all into my yard! I like autumn because with the crops all harvested the flying fields become abundant. The winds tend to come gently from the west and the south and have been 6 - 20 kph (between 4 and 12 mph) and on the lighter side I really enjoy a light wind kite - typically an UL or an SUL and away I go. I like...
Sep 17, 2012
Here are a few online, Stunt Kite trick tutorials from a few different sources. Whether you are taking to the sky for the first time or have lots of flight time, these resources are great to help you learn to nail an assortment of some of the coolest tricks. They will demonstrate and explain step-by-step how to do some of the coolest kite maneuvers. I find these tutorials help break down a stunt in such a way that you can get a sense of what's actually happening - with your body and with the kite. Like most everything, this will...
Sep 10, 2012
The wind window is an important thing to understand. To become familiar with the wind and being able to determine where it is strongest and where it is lighter. Obviously, as you fly your kite through the window the flight speed and characteristics can change. With the wind at your back (yep, have to say it - n'uff said ;)) you will find the power zone directly in front of you. You will find your kite is fast and pulls the hardest in this area. As the kite approaches the zenith or the top of the window the...