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Author Topic: Dead Launch is for dummies  (Read 7099 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2014, 05:59 PM »

Fairly certain this belongs in the "Lingering forum questions"Back when I was bugging everybody on the prism forum about the dead launch it got going and going and,,,,,, Grin

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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2014, 06:24 PM »

Thanks for posting this.  I did something similar in the snow this evening and was successful 4/5 times. Saved some steps for sure.  Not sure it will work it deep snow though as the nose and LE tend to dig in and get buried.

If you have sand, there is an easier more reliable way to get the kite back in the air from the nose-forward position, but I can't recall what its called.  You dig on LE in the sand and then lift the other until the kite just flys off.  I've seen a video of this - I'll see if I can find it.  Its good, but as I said, you need snow or sand.

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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2014, 06:27 PM »

Doing a dead launch is like kicking your computer to fix it.
Learn from what caused you to crash in that position and spend more time flying.

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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2014, 07:05 PM »

Great thread here.  Cheesy

I loved watching dead launch training videos, right up till the point of practicing w\ my own kites.

Didn't have to break anything before learning a short walk is far less painful.

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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2014, 01:42 AM »

So I should stop dead launching my Blue Moon Killer Bee?  Sad

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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2014, 07:54 AM »

Right now, I mostly fly in a soccer field, so the grass is short, and usually a dead launch is not problem for both of the kites I am mostly flying right now, as long as the wind is over like 6-8mph at least if there is ground wind....two short fast tugs as you are quickly taking a few steps backwards. Your  kite is doing a bounce and coming forward,  so the slack has to be taken  out of the  lines for the second tug, which is immediate...As a lot of tricks, the command actions are done about  at the same time (a little before or after depending on the trick) as the forward or backward body movement. Just speaking from experience, and yes, I broke some spars and damaged some sails. We tend to learn faster when it costs $  Grin
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