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 on: Today at 12:08 AM 
Started by dszo - Last post by dszo
Thank you damp_weather.

This is very clear and helpful.

I guess that I will have some practicing sessions w/o the weight or with a half weighted homemade weight. Once done I will go back to the original setup.

Every new trick takes me forever to master, but the joy and satisfaction at the end is great :-)


 on: Yesterday at 02:16 PM 
Started by dszo - Last post by damp_weather
I have noticed that in mid winds when I take out the tail weight of my Benson SuperFly STD then flare to fade becomes very easy for me.

I would have expected it to be the other way around, since I can guess that the weight might help with the actual flip by pushing the tail down and the nose I right?
I'll have a go at answering...  There are a couple of possible reasons for finding that the flare to fade is easier without the tail weight:

1) When the kite goes from flare to fade, it is flying trailing edge first in an arc.  The trailing edge is generating lift that makes the kite fly in the arc. 
To see this effect close up, hold your kite (without the lines) in the flare position, spine horizontal, push it horizontally back to give it some momentum and let go. - You should see the kite lift up at the trailing edge and with enough momentum it should fly up in an arc to (and past) the fade position. 

Weight at the tail acts against the lift, making flying in the arc a little more difficult.

2) How are you getting into the flare? - From downward normal flight, when you release the lines for the flare the nose goes backwards (i.e. kite goes in an arc, with the leading edge generating more lift), and with the tail weight in you have a bit more momentum... - With the tail weight in, is the kite over-rotating so that the tail of the spine is lower than the nose?  - If so it is difficult to get the ''flying in an arc trailing edge first effect".  This is because when the tail of the spine is lower than the nose, pulling on the lines can just pull the kite back towards the flyer, without the sail at the trailing edge being at the angle to the direction of travel that generates the lift.
To see this effect close up, hold your kite (without the lines) in the flare position, but now with the top of the sail horizontal, and push it horizontally back to give it some momentum and let go.  You'll probably find that the kite glides backwards in a more or less horizontal path.

Is this of any help?

Also I'd appreciate a recommendation regarding the optinal wind speed that will require the use or not of the SuperFly's weight.
Sorry, can't help with this. Never had the chance to fly one, but if anyone would like to let me have a go sometime, I'd be very grateful...

 on: Yesterday at 05:13 AM 
Started by Fly Market - Last post by Fly Market
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 on: September 27, 2016, 09:49 PM 
Started by foilrip - Last post by regie
Nice review of those kites. I hope the wind is at least 15 mph this Friday when I fly my Tantrum 250 for the first time.

 on: September 27, 2016, 09:44 PM 
Started by regie - Last post by regie
I was a big Prism Kite guy back in the day and I have several of them. I am getting back into flying after a couple of years and I wanted a foil kite that had a little pull. So when I was in Seattle last week I picked up at Tantrum 250 prom the Prism Kite factory.

This got me to thinking why did Prism stop making the Snapshot and the Stylus and come out with the Synaps, Tantrum, and Tenzor? Are the new models better? Do they pull harder? What?

Thank you all for your responses.

 on: September 27, 2016, 05:57 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Ca Ike
No Problem Steve.  Ill Just go fly for now Tongue

 on: September 27, 2016, 03:55 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Steve
working on it
patience please

 on: September 27, 2016, 01:33 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by jaydub
Problems across the water at Fractured Axel having upgraded the forum to allow Tapatalk to continue.

Result is just the same - no Tapatalk functionality at the moment.  How will i get through the working day without a sneaky fix? Wink

 on: September 27, 2016, 01:06 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Palmahnic
Same here. It would be great to get it back.

 on: September 27, 2016, 11:31 AM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Ca Ike
Tapatalk no longer seems to be working. Any chance it's going to be upgraded or is support going to be dropped?

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