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 on: July 13, 2017, 04:29 PM 
Started by sews a lot - Last post by Soarin'
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful personal photo of Pam in her element and thank you for the opportunity to own kites she flew and had a hand in making, all with a little piece of Pam in them.
No matter how alone we feel sometimes when faced with tribulation, there are those who support you in whatever way they can.
So thank YOU for what you and Pam have given the kite community for a long time, your competitive spirit, your literal "top of the line" workmanship, your endless knowledge, your life story and most of all your friendship.

 on: July 13, 2017, 04:15 PM 
Started by DWayne - Last post by DWayne
I'm in the mood for a new set of kites. Anyone have any experience with the X from Alpha Kites ?

 on: July 13, 2017, 02:56 PM 
Started by pompebled - Last post by pompebled
Lacking answers, I went along and removed the original bridle and used my sewing machine (a modified Borletti) to sew attachment points on the keels about 30 cm behind the original eyeylets.

While I was at it, I also ran the machine over the sloppy workmanship and reinforced where required.
I made new bridle lines using 22 lbs polyester, roughly 60 cm longer that the original.

I'll trim the bridle and once the kite stays up, I'll play with the tension of the second row to see if it reduces the bobbing as was my intention (and maybe get a steeper angle).

Pictures and report will follow.

Regards, Jan.

 on: July 13, 2017, 02:04 PM 
Started by pompebled - Last post by sanleonkid
I purchased one of these...... ONCE.... you get what you okay for.  I'll just stick with my AirAffairs and Greens.

 on: July 12, 2017, 08:37 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by DWayne
Too cool for school. I'm looking forward to it.

 on: July 12, 2017, 06:52 PM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by sluggo
Glad you found some nice weather and wind! Yeah, I also seldom see anyone else flying when I'm down there...

 on: July 12, 2017, 05:23 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Ca Ike
Denny!  How've you been bud.  We will be flying next month on the first sunday.  Ill make sure to post here and if I still have our number I'll text a  reminder too.

 on: July 12, 2017, 03:36 PM 
Started by DWayne - Last post by DWayne
Anyone fly at Dillon Beach ?

 on: July 12, 2017, 03:34 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by DWayne
I'll try to make it down there next month if you're still flying there.

 on: July 12, 2017, 02:52 PM 
Started by pompebled - Last post by pompebled
Hi Guys,

Watching the video, by Jim Nicholls, I ordered me one of the cheap Parafoils from Weifang via Aliexpress:
Jim's video:

I didn't realise that Weifang manufactures two sizes 185 x 85 cm and 175 x 75 cm, until I received the smaller of the two, with different colours, while the one in Jim's video is the larger one.

As it has a single row bridle, it bobs in the air, as can be seen in the video.
My smaller version does that too and it's a PITA when you're winding the kite down in a strong breeze.

Also, mine would not fly out of the bag, it had a strong pull to the right and flew to the ground in a wide arch.
Only after I adjusted the bridle by shortening the left lines the kite stayed up, but moving the bridle point to the left quite a lot makes it fly rather skewered though, it does't fly straight.
But, with, or without tails, it doesn't crash anymore.

Now, I want to address the bobbing by adding a second row of bridles to the triangles lower seam, if required a third row, making the bridle look more like the Jalbert parafoil (of which I made one some 40 years ago).

I also want to elongate the bridle by a factor 1,5, so the outer triangles don't get pulled in so much.

Would this work, or am I spoiling a (reasonably) well flying kite?

Opinions please.

Regards, Jan.

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