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Kites! Kites! Kites! => Beginners Corner => Topic started by: Vernstein on October 05, 2012, 07:01 AM

Title: Emong Help Needed.
Post by: Vernstein on October 05, 2012, 07:01 AM
Well I practiced and practiced. I adjusted everything I could think of and back again.   I flew that blue and white Emong till my patience finally has run out.   I just can't get it to perform.  Is there anyone out there within  sixty miles in any direction of York, PA that can give me some one on one instruction?  If not, that baby is goin up for sale.  To quote the late W.C. Fields..."I can't take this abuse much longer"   :'(

Title: Re: Emong Help Needed.
Post by: ezme6 on October 05, 2012, 07:52 AM
what is it not doing for you?
is it supposed to do that?

Title: Re: Emong Help Needed.
Post by: thief on October 05, 2012, 08:18 AM
yes....what are you getting out of it now???
It likes gentle a slow flyer....and likes as little wind as possible......
I have not adjusted anything on mine at all.....

Title: Re: Emong Help Needed.
Post by: Vernstein on October 05, 2012, 08:39 AM
It was suggested to adjust the tension in the tail for different wind conditions .  I have them written down at home. I also tried to move the main line up and down the bridle string for different wind conditions.    The kite dives and banks on me a lot.  The string gets twisted.  I get wrapped up in the string at times.  I can't keep it in the air for any lenght of time.  It actually becomes a workout.   My neck, arms and shoulders are tired after a flight session and I work out yet.  I have flown in no wind and light breezes.  I read a thread somewhere that if you put a tail on it , it transforms into a fighter kite in windy conditions.  But I would like to keep it for it's intended purpose,  a beautiful, relaxing kite flying session.  Possibly by someone seeing what I am doing wrong and demonstraiting proper technique I would  be able to master the movement. 

Title: Re: Emong Help Needed.
Post by: Kantaxel on October 05, 2012, 04:03 PM
Could be that you are trying to overpower the kite.  Once the nose is going in the 'wrong' direction and you pull on the line, it will continue in that same direction with much more speed and determination.  As far as line twists, they are bound to happen as long as you don't make turns in the opposite's part of the challenge and thereby the fun of flying a glider type kite........

Keep on trying, you get it eventually!


Title: Re: Emong Help Needed.
Post by: Makalu1 on October 08, 2012, 10:05 PM
The Emong was my first glider and took a little practice to get the hang of, too.  I found it very useful to learn in about 1mph gentle breeze, just helps to keep it aloft so you can concentrate on basic steering techniques.  I also found it useful to think about flying the Emong as dancing with the kite, so you are Leading the kite with the line and trying to stay ahead of it.  That will mean some amount of footwork, but you should be waltzing with the kite, not breakdancing!  Slow and steady.  At the beginning watch the kites nose and move with it, almost like it's leading you.  If it points right, go right with it.  Later you can steer it more to your liking.  I found that starting with about 20 to 30 feet of line works well.  Don't forget your footwork, don't panic and don't forget to give it some slack and glide.  And don't give up man, once you get it you will love it! 

Title: Re: Emong Help Needed.
Post by: Vernstein on October 10, 2012, 09:05 AM
Thanks all.  Appreciate the input.  Will definatly try a little more wind.