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« on: May 10, 2014, 06:04 PM »

hi all,
just wandering why different kites have different speeds ?
is it all have to do with wing geometry or sail size i guess ?
it seems some kites are faster than others!
the speed kites all seem to have flat sails where as the average stunt kite has full sails yet the speed kites are faster!
your thoughts please ?
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2014, 07:39 PM »

Many smarter pilots than me...

The ration of width to height has an effect. The angle of attack set by the bridle is a major influence. If the kite is set up flat (perpendicular) to the wind then it will be slow. Is angled into the wind (nose forward) the kite will be faster. Tail weights and tails slow the kite up with increases mass and drag respectively. Even standoff placement can slow/speed a kite.

Many generalisations but there are many factors.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2014, 03:52 PM »

The main factor is a proper airfoil of the sail in making a kite fast. Trickkites by their very nature have having to fly on their back or do other stunts, are in general not having a proper airfoil shape.
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2014, 11:42 PM »

thanks guys for your kind replies and answers! Smiley
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