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« on: January 28, 2014, 11:52 AM »

I started reading about kites a few days ago on the internet, and since then have watched a ton of videos, read forums, visited manufacturers and dealers websites, and tried to figure out what I should start with. I am a licensed private pilot, flew RC helicopters and aircraft for years, but gave all that up a decade ago when I retired. Miss flying, and looking at the videos of the stunt kites, brought back the desire to fly something. I live right next to an 80 acre park which has a very flat and level area on a rise, that is large and most of the time deserted. I found a Kite dealer right in Atlanta GA, Piedmont Kites, and went down there today and came home with an HQ Symphony 1.8.  I wanted something that I wouldn't immediately wreck, and yet would challenge me a bit, and decided that this type of kite fit what I was looking for.

Looking at the videos of the delta type stunt kites, I decide that the foil style kites were more suited to the style of  flying that I would wind up doing, just carving S turns and rolls, patterns,  etc, and not being  really interested in the trick part of flying.  The price of the HQ was much lower that the Prism 1.9 which I was also considering, so I was a bit concerned about the quality of the HQ, but the dealer said that he loves his HQ 1.8 and flies it every week at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, which is right near his shop. As soon as the snow melts, I am going to the field and see if I can get in the air....Anxious to see what it is like.    Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 12:55 PM »

Welcome to our world!

Real pilots make good kite pilots. A friend of mine retired after a career flying jumbo jets. I was amazed by how well he did first time on a sport kite. Steady hands, and hands kept together like they were still in the cockpit.

Resist the urge to move your hands further apart than needed for your elbows to clear your torso. Later on a LOT more motion is required to make a kite stop, start, flip, flop, etc. but for now, just pulling and pushing on the lines is the way.

Have fun and report back!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 12:56 PM »

Welcome to the addiction.  Wink

Soon you will need an excel spreadsheet to keep track of all your kites.   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 02:10 PM »

I'm new as well. I bought the Prism 1.9 you are talking about and love it. I'm sure there's not much difference in the 1.8 you bought.
I'm a big guy and this thing can pull me around the park in strong winds. It doesn't take long to learn and even throwing it straight into the ground has not been a problem.
It's addicting though as I just ordered my second kite (first actual stunt kite) today!
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