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 on: Today at 07:54 AM 
Started by indigo_wolf - Last post by indigo_wolf
Was Prism Kites in the credits ?



Yup.... listed in the credits.

"professional kites and kite flying
Prism Kites, Inc.
www.prismkites.com"



ATB,
Sam

 2 
 on: Today at 07:09 AM 
Started by Doug S - Last post by Doug S
The following provides the link for the indoor performances at the Cherry Valley Kite Festival.  The Cherry Valley Kite Festival took place on September 23 and 24, 2016 in Cherry Valley, NY.  The videos include individual performances by Paul Berard, James Fletcher, Steve Santos, Doug Stout, Mike Stuligross, Fred Taylor and Scott Weider.  The videos also include a single line group performance with Paul Perard, Doug Stout, Mike Stuligross and Donna Taylor, and quad line group performance with Steve Santos, Fred Taylor and Scott Weider.  Thank you to Mike Stuligross who took the videos.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bwj9y_lTaMmFbmgtaWI3V0Z1U1k?usp=sharing

Yours in kiting,

Doug

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 on: Today at 06:16 AM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by Fly Market
For keeping line on halo spools, I buy 1" elastic, cut a piece off, and either stitch or tie the ends together. Essentially a big rubber band.

What everyone else has said about sand anchors is spot on. I occasionally use golf ball stakes, or even better, spiral dog stakes in sand, but only if it's holding a small kite with little pull, and the sand is damp.

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 on: Today at 05:55 AM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by thief

My bad.. I mean once you have your line rolled up onto the spool, what is a good way to secure that line.  I have tried a couple of ways but all I end up with are a bunch of spools with lose line all messed up.  Just looking to keep things organized.

This is the way to secure your line on a hoop. If you have a loop at the end of your line, just pull the line through the loop instead of using a swivel. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WBgube5PvJU

this is what I do on my hoop winders....works great...

i put most of my line on flat card winders so that I can use a flat pocketed line bag and carry lots of single line lines....

I have shorter line lengths preset...i am not a "put your kite as high into the sky as possible" flyer...i like to be able to see them.....so most of my lines are 100-200' long...all different weights...

tie downs: i use simple golf ball/tent peg stakes the most....bigger things i use anchor lines of thicker rope that are a loop - these go around car tires, trees, fence posts etc........and then after launching the kite the flying line gets larskheaded to the end of the anchor line.

sand: blech..i hate it but it is my closet flying place...
small kites: i have saved some screwtop plastic bottles....put a chunk of line out of the center of the cap...dig small hole with steep sides...put sand from hole into bottle...larkshead kite line to bottle line...drop bottle into hole.
Bigger kites: soft sand anchors - usually hand out cheap fabric shopping bags with a 1" wide tie down strap that also goes around it. same thing, dig steep hole...put sand in bag....anchor flying line to bag anchor (could be a simple carabiner)...slide bag into hole...

The important thing is the hole when you are on the beach & steep sides! that way any lateral movement of the bag is immediately stopped....your anchor is not going to shuffle down the beach on you....much more reliable.....

planning the flight display? i do try to organize longer kites downwind further....i try to put higher angle flying kites, that are also reliable stable flying upwind.
most important thing in my book is to know, or at least be able to guess, how the kite will fly....i have beautiful kites that I love to fly that are horrible at playing with others...i bring those out when I am able to only fly one kite and manage it all of the time.   some kites just need an active hand and eye on them and are not suitable for groups....  (here is my Frido II stack...this stack does not come out near anyone else! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV6PC1SG9aM each kite ins flying on a branched line and they are all out of control)
If kites get all wrapped up into each other you might find more damage than you realize....line under tension cuts very well...and can cut through rubber fittings and fabric....rods can shatter under tension and cut.....

also: when you are setting out a display plan your time! i have found that any kite i have takes at least 1.5 times (usually 2-3 times though) to put away as it did taking it out and flying it.... it is real easy to let line get stripped off the winder with the kite happily taking it...but then to bring it back in again takes MUCH longer....
I have been caught a few times at a park putting away kites in the dark...if this happens, count on losing rods or fittings and leaving a line out there by accident.

Bringing in kites: if you wind the kites in by a winding spool you are putting more pressure on the kite than you would if you walk the kite down by hand over hand on the line, getting the kite out of the sky safely and then winding the line up later...plus if you bring the kite in by hand you are also in much more control of the situation.
Big kites definitely never try to bring the kite down without it still being anchored somehow...the best is to get a pulley or a carabiner and slide this over the flying line and then walk downwind slowly bring the kite down.....if something happens you can always let the line go and start over.....

Okay...just a few thoughts I have gathered over the years....r

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 on: Today at 05:24 AM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by Charles G

My bad.. I mean once you have your line rolled up onto the spool, what is a good way to secure that line.  I have tried a couple of ways but all I end up with are a bunch of spools with lose line all messed up.  Just looking to keep things organized.

This is the way to secure your line on a hoop. If you have a loop at the end of your line, just pull the line through the loop instead of using a swivel. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WBgube5PvJU

 6 
 on: Yesterday at 11:11 PM 
Started by indigo_wolf - Last post by Allen Carter
Yeah, that's Marks plane in the trailer. Now I'll have to rent the movie. :-)

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 on: Yesterday at 10:02 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by OCPablo
"Can someone tell me how I can actively manage the connecting point of the single line?  Once you wind them up, how do you lock in the end of the line to prevent it from coming unraveled in the kite back?"
I don't understand the questions. If the kite has a loop sewn into the kite, I'll use a pigtail through the loop and Larkshead the line to the pigtail. If there is a loop tied at the end of the line, it shouldn't come unraveled. Melting the end of the line should prevent it from unraveling to the knot. 

My bad.. I mean once you have your line rolled up onto the spool, what is a good way to secure that line.  I have tried a couple of ways but all I end up with are a bunch of spools with lose line all messed up.  Just looking to keep things organized.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:49 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by Controlled Crash
I'm not an expert at flying multiple SLK's, but I have done it several times.

"I fly on the beach 95% of the time, so security in the sand is key."   
I would suggest sand anchors. Dig a hole in the sand, put the sand anchor bag in the hole, then fill the bag with the sand you dug out. I would not use a sand stake with any kite that pulls well.  My suggestion- If a kite can lift line laundry it probably should have a good (appropriate) anchor. Although I have never staked an SLK in the sand, I have not seen a stake I would trust.

"How about line sets?"
Some folks make their own large hoops using PVC tubes. Not a cheap option, but I use extension cord winders to hold line for my staked (in the grass) large SLK's. I makes paying out and winding up the line easy for me.

"Can someone tell me how I can actively manage the connecting point of the single line?  Once you wind them up, how do you lock in the end of the line to prevent it from coming unraveled in the kite back?"
I don't understand the questions. If the kite has a loop sewn into the kite, I'll use a pigtail through the loop and Larkshead the line to the pigtail. If there is a loop tied at the end of the line, it shouldn't come unraveled. Melting the end of the line should prevent it from unraveling to the knot. 

"...is there a thought process into how you lay it out? ... (Is any of this making sense?)"
What you described is the process I use, it makes sense to me.  Also take consideration for the length of tails and line laundry.

"I am also thinking that kites that fly higher I want to fly on a longer length of line for altitude purposes."
I find that a kite will fly differently at different altitudes. The wind might be at slightly different directions at various altitudes, but this might only apply to flying on land with wind obstructions.  If you want to take pictures, flying higher angle kites on longer lines will make them farther apart than the kites flying at lower altitudes on shorter lines. 

"At one point I had 6 kites up a once, but as the wind shifted things started moving and getting wrapped up in each other... comedy ensured as kites, tubes and tails all got wrapped up."
That is part of the fun. Some kites will behave, others will want to mate with every kite in the sky. I find I have to get to know the individual kites before I decide if they will play well with others, and how close they can get to other kites.  I use the same kind of line with all the kites to prevent cut lines during tangles.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:47 PM 
Started by indigo_wolf - Last post by chilese
I just watched "Peggy Sue Got Married".

Hadn't seen it in close to 20 years.

There were a couple of SLKs in the movie.

Kind of cool.  Smiley

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 on: Yesterday at 08:15 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by Soarin'
As far as placement of your SLK's in the sky, I don't plan. Rather I put mine up, see how they react in the conditions they are in then move the ground stakes as needed. Unless a SLK is designed to "move" in the sky, most will stay in one position depending on wind conditions. Here in FL, winds are gusty (variable) most of the year. The only time winds are steady (hold a wind speed within a few mph) here is when we get a cold front from the north which were are starting to get now. In variable winds, 3-12 mph for example, the kites will want to go up and down as the wind speed changes but should stay up in steady winds. Of course you have to factor in what each kites capabilities are.
As far as the kites getting into each other, that's based on your decisions. When you get your kites up and they're moving all over the place, move them away from each other "or" expect a mess "or" don't put them up. Many days I don't even put SLK's up. Sometimes I know if I do, I will be untangling line for most of the day. It's okay if I don't get to fly. That's one thing I like about kite flying. It's not something the weather is always right for and can do every day. So I don't get bored!
Maybe someone else can advise on ground staking as I have never staked down a SLK at the beach (in sand).
Hope this helps

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