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 on: February 27, 2015, 12:09 AM 
Started by gliderdude - Last post by chilese
I have been doing yard work for days while the wind is blowing.

What am I doing wrong?   Cry

 on: February 26, 2015, 10:17 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by KaoS
I *am* off this weekend to the umake kite builders retreat just NW of Chicago.  Linda Sanders is going to teach me to make a banner  Cool 

Please throw a snowball at her  Wink

 on: February 26, 2015, 10:16 PM 
Started by Allen Carter - Last post by KaoS
A lot of drag is created at the front of your streamer tail because it is constructed with a straight edge, but it billows and flaps when flown behind a kite.

I believe that on the GKPI streamer tails the leading edge is designed so you can insert a rod or stiffener and hold it in place. Fold back one end of the leading edge seam, slide in a spar (piece of dowel will do fine), and fold the seam back over. This stops the leading edge of the tail from billowing and will reduce the drag in light winds without the need to do anything else.

If the wind gets really light and you still want to fly, do what Todd (tcope) recommends.  Tie a fuzzy tail in a loop from one tail point to the other, this is REALLY effective.

 on: February 26, 2015, 08:02 PM 
Started by Allen Carter - Last post by Dano
Allen, this type of medium size spinner has worked great for me here with my (new to me) Sutton 16 in low wind, try one like this, and I'm sure you'd like it
A fuzzy tail won't work as desired on our foils, work great on small slk's though.
P.S. Fly one for me at KP this year, I'll miss seeing you and my other brothers.

 on: February 26, 2015, 07:18 PM 
Started by gliderdude - Last post by Dano
Does that beat my 6 days in a row flying in Reno this week?  Smiley
2 hrs flying revs, duals, and SLK's, 2 hrs running my dog, 1 hr drinking beer...
6 days in a row straight, i'm in the best shape in my life!    Cheesy

fk work-fly kites, love your family & friends, and be happy!

 Grin Grin Grin

 on: February 26, 2015, 05:38 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59
I rarely travel without the family in tow especially someplace warm in the winter. Kids school schedules make it harder since somebody has to drive the taxi.  I *am* off this weekend to the umake kite builders retreat just NW of Chicago.  Linda Sanders is going to teach me to make a banner  Cool  It's just as cold and dreary there so I'm allowed to go.  Cheesy

Better go tie that bridle of won't be able to ship those kites tomorrow...

 on: February 26, 2015, 05:20 PM 
Started by tpatter - Last post by stapp59
Indeed.  There are few activities where you can afford to buy the best equipment available from the craftsman who make and fly them. A few hundred dollars can get you a lot of enjoyment.  Like Tom, many of us have 'rented' our share of nice kites over the years.  Grin

I suppose you can build your own and potentially save money.  After totaling up the cost of equipment, supplies, and experience needed, that seems a remote future possibility.  Roll Eyes   It's all fun   Cool

 on: February 26, 2015, 05:15 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by chilese
That is a very generous contribution to Kite Party Mr. Tapp.

It would be extra cool if you were there in attendance too.

I'm sure the snow and freezing temperatures are too alluring

to get you to leave for a weekend.  Wink

I'll give you any feedback the pilots offer.

Those look pretty great to me.

 on: February 26, 2015, 05:03 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59
Thanks Mario!  Glad you were able to fly the kites.  Steve is quite gracious that way Smiley Do they remind you of any other kites you've flown?  Always looking for feedback  Cool

I'm sending this Std/UL pair down to KP with JohnC for test flying and for Dave to auction off.  They are new and unflown. I'll miss them and likely make another set.

Beautiful job Steve as usual  Grin 

I can't wait to try SKB's next time that I see him.  I already tried his other versions and I like them a lot  Tongue


 on: February 26, 2015, 03:15 PM 
Started by gliderdude - Last post by gliderdude
I've lived & flown kites in Chico since I arrived in the summer of '04. Three straight days in a row? Unheard of! I've posted some photos & chatter on my blog. Go to

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