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 on: Today at 06:17 AM 
Started by Jorge Gouverneur - Last post by DMF
I know this has been mentioned before... I really like your night flying videos, they really show the inputs on the lines as well as the slack management.  I am learning a lot from them.  Great flying!  Thanks


 on: Today at 06:16 AM 
Started by Doug S - Last post by Doug S
Over the past two weeks while recovering from the flu, I had some quality flying time on the multi-color PC31 versions of the Bird of Prey (BOP), which have wing spans of 48 and 62 inches.  They are both dialed in and are a joy to fly.  The new carbon tube frames were an enhancement.  I also installed heat shrink tubing around the wing spars, at the point where they are inserted into the center joiner.  There was a hard pressure point at the end of the white PVC center joiner tubing that was causing the prior hollow tubes to be crushed when too much force was applied to the flying line.  The heat shrink tubing was carefully applied with a hair drier and made a better fit, while provided padded reinforcement around this pressure point.  I have strongly pulled on the flying line for these two kites and havenít broken anything.  The final static margin for these two kites is about 2%, which allows these glider kites to be responsive and have a nice flat glide for this style glider kite.  During the trimming process, I tried a lower static margin of 1% (more nose heavy), but it made these two kites too stable due to the forward inertia from the higher sail loadings.  The BOP 62 is majestic in the air, while the BOP 48 is very responsive and fun to abuse in the air.  During one of the trimming flights, the BOP 48 got caught in a thermal and went straight up to 60 feet in my front yard, where I had to pull it down before it ended up in a tree.  If the wind cooperates this coming weekend, I hope to shot some video of these kites in the air.

For the ultra-light versions of the BOP made with Cuben, I determined in the past that a static margin of about 1% was the best to this style glider kite, which makes the kite slightly more nose heavy than the PC31 versions.  Due to the ultra-light sail loading of the Cuben versions, the lower static margin allows these glider kites to have more forward inertia for a flatter and longer glide, yet still be very responsive due to their low sail loadings. I did test the center of gravity a little more to the rear, with a static margin of about 2%.  The result was a slower steeper glide angle, with the nose of the kite pointing a little higher in the air.  The 2% static margin moved the point on the Lift to Drag (L/D) curve to the location of minimal sink, but not ideal to cover ground as a glider.

I am in the process of building a few more BOP-24s, one with 0.028 inch diameter carbon tubes.  One of the BOP 24s will be for a young lady who will use it for a stage performance at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City, which is quite cool.

Someday in the near future I will get back to building the X-29 Canard Kite.

As indicated in the Kite Land Event section of this forum, on May 3, 2014 the Pocono Kite Symphony/Lehigh Valley Kite Society will be hosting their 24th Kite Day in the Park Event, at the Louise W. Moore Park in Easton, PA.  I attended the event over the past few years and had a very enjoyable experience with other kite fliers.  As in the past, my car will be loaded with at least three bags of kites (single line glider kites, single line kites and stunt kites), so I am prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.  I hope the wind will be light at some point during the day, so I can fly my glider kites discussed on this forum.  Hope to see you there.



 on: Today at 03:47 AM 
Started by johnguz76 - Last post by whitebirdlover
Pilot and Pen Touch both make archival, xylene free gold and silver "ink" pens that dry instantly. Xylene is a suspected carcinogen, a close relative to it's nasty cousin Benzene...
Your experience may vary  Wink

 on: Today at 03:13 AM 
Started by Michel - Last post by JimB
Thanks Michel.

 on: Today at 02:55 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by pa79vel
Nice idea Sugarbaker! I was planning to build an Essence about 2 years ago, but ended up with a Sixth Sence finaly.
I have to search for my sketches, as I was looking for the design as well. I will take part in this fun for sure! Smiley
Just one question - what is the timeline? when do you close the time for entries?



 on: Yesterday at 09:53 PM 
Started by Jorge Gouverneur - Last post by tpatter
Impressive!  Looks like a yo-fade machine!

 on: Yesterday at 09:30 PM 
Started by Ordicahn - Last post by missionview
A $150 budget for the first kite is a good budget. However, be sure to save for the many kites that will follow.....
The Premier Widow NG looks like a great kite, and I wish I would have bought one of those for my first kite.

 on: Yesterday at 09:21 PM 
Started by Jorge Gouverneur - Last post by Jorge Gouverneur
The more I fly the Wolf NG the more things I discover from it.  Smiley specially been a 3/4th size kite.

Maybe the "NG" stands for New Generation Tricks

Yo-Fades is one of those tricks that not many kites can do it.   Shocked  Normally I've seen high end kites do it.    Shocked

If this is what the Wolf can do. Imagine what the Sky Burner Aura can do.  Smiley

Wolf NG Doing Yo Fades

 on: Yesterday at 08:30 PM 
Started by Ordicahn - Last post by trigger
just to warn you now....

you will have multiple kites at minimum for different wind speeds.  Soon you will know the location of every flag in a 20mile radius. Based on those flags, you will know which kite to fly that day.

when you cant fly your baby because the wind is too low, you will buy an SUL just so you can fly.  When the wind is 20+ you may discover a full vent Rev gets you out flying with maximum control.

see ya on the field!

 on: Yesterday at 08:23 PM 
Started by Ordicahn - Last post by trigger
I think the widow is a great deal! it is the brother from another mother (same Father)of the famed Widowmaker.

I really enjoyed my Prism Zephyr for light wind(3+) tricking.

My goto kite right now is Lams ATM.

One thing to remember is not to start with a Sul or some ULs.  They have less mass and are more difficult to trick because of it.  I love my Ocius SUL for 1mph days! I just zoom around, try a trick and then walk out to untangle the tip wraps.  I have not mastered the gentle persuasion of tricking SULs.

Good winds to ya!

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