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 on: April 19, 2014, 08:07 AM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Captainbob
I got the video yesterday, and watched it all the way through. The quality is excellent, and I played it through a Blu-Ray player on a 60" LED Flat panel. No problem with sound or video, it looks great. DVD menu is organized into topics like Stalls, Landings, etc, so you can go to the topic you want to learn and watch it over and over again. Lots of slow motion, so you can see exactly what the pilot is doing and how the kite is reacting at the same time. I would recommend this strongly, and at $20 less than the price that Prism sells it for, the value can't be beat.

Sold by Kitty Hawk Kites.

 on: April 19, 2014, 05:12 AM 
Started by Grant L - Last post by trigger
Marilyn is a car, just like Marilyn Monroe's white dress. Yea, old girlfriend named her and it stuck.

Thanks for posting Kite Komotion info. I will be there w/o family, then sunday will be a family affair.

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 on: April 19, 2014, 04:26 AM 
Started by Grant L - Last post by stapp59
As a warmer for GH, Hoosier kites posted a notice for next weekend:

International kite teams to perform in Shipshewana SHIPSHEWANA IN -- Kites will soar over the Shipshewana skies during the fourth annual Kite Komotion Clinic and Festival April 26. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shipshewana Event Center/Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum.

I understand there's something that weekend also at Michigan City?

Does Marilyn refer to a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or horse?  Wink

 on: April 19, 2014, 02:11 AM 
Started by MikeLos - Last post by Flying Fish
Congratulations to the Scratch Bunnies!

 on: April 18, 2014, 10:09 PM 
Started by Grant L - Last post by trigger
i smell a.... you better get your IKEr butt to Grand Haven... whoopin'

And when is that fancy September meet gonna get set in stone MR. Calender man?   Huh  Grin

 on: April 18, 2014, 08:31 PM 
Started by Grant L - Last post by goestoeleven
That would be great Todd!

On the road all day now, seeing all the summer cars coming out, think i may need to get MARILYN back on the road Smiley

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I smell . . . a gearhead  Cool

 on: April 18, 2014, 08:31 AM 
Started by Grant L - Last post by SkyDancer
The lovely wife and I have reservations for Friday and Saturday nights at our usual spot across the road from the beach. Looking forward to seeing some of you on the sand.

Like Trigger, this event changed our lives ... we stumbled on it four or five years ago, having never seen a kite festival of any size in our entire lives. Now, we both fly sport kites and volunteer at events (I serve as PA announcer at some).

 on: April 18, 2014, 06:50 AM 
Started by Mikey1 - Last post by tcope
19 feet, and you're at roughly 90 sq ft of sail.  For sails that large, you're not (usually) cranking them down - you are walking down the line and then winding up the line once the kite is on the ground.

While the same type of kite in a larger size will generate more lift, it's not exactly proportionate to the increase in size. For example, more lift will usually mean a higher flying angle which usually reduces pull. For a kite with  design such as a Rok the size is almost proportionate to the size based on it's design but for delta it's much less so.

You touch other issues as well, such as winding line while the kite is under power. While a winding reel will avoid several issues, it can still make a mess of the line.

Would I fly a 19' delta by hand? Nope. But holding any kite to fly it is not something I like to do. But everyone is different and should do what they like to do.

 on: April 18, 2014, 06:30 AM 
Started by Mikey1 - Last post by goestoeleven
Another thought - you have to think about sail area when you are thinking of hand flying. 

A 9ft delta has about 20-21 sq ft of sail, assuming the height of the kite is half the base width.  A 12 ft has about 36 sq ft - so a bit less than double the sail area of the 9ft kite.  A 16ft delta is probably about 64 sq ft of sail area - or more than three times the lift of the 9 footer you hand fly, so it will probably generate quite a bit more lift.  19 feet, and you're at roughly 90 sq ft of sail.  For sails that large, you're not (usually) cranking them down - you are walking down the line and then winding up the line once the kite is on the ground.

 on: April 18, 2014, 04:47 AM 
Started by Mikey1 - Last post by Tmadz
Mine was anchored. Like I said... stupid   Embarrassed

I went to step over the line near the anchor point and tripped over it.  In the effort to NOT fall on my face I rolled sideways, thus wrapping the line around my ankle.  Just as I went to loosen the loop around my ankle a strong gust came along.

3 feet to the right and I would have walked AROUND the anchor point  Cry

NOT a smart thing to do. Unfortunately I've had to deal with my share of industrial accidents. My father was an industrial safety professional that beat it into me as well. It only takes one second of lapse in judgement to hurt someone. You'd be amazed at the stupid things people have done because "nothing'll happen"

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