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« on: June 25, 2014, 07:07 PM »

hi all,
just wanted to know why those special made flat sail speed kites from europe are so hard to fly to keep in the air ?
i had a blk one cant remember the name but it was from germany(europe) some where!
a nice looking well made kite it was.
no matter how windy or what i tried i could not get the darn thing to want to fly and keep in the air! Sad
any ideas/thoughts please ?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2014, 09:43 PM »

Getting them off the ground and airborne is the big challenge. 

That small flat sail is hard to get loaded.  Angry


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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2014, 10:26 PM »

hi wayner,
thanks for your reply!
yes getting it off the ground was hard work before it fell back to the ground! Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2014, 01:09 AM »

You can get special launcher to get speed kites into the air. Long Duong use to sell them but they'd be easy to make. Kite sits on the launcher with a water bottle strapped on the top bit which flips up when you launch - there was a good video but it's no longer available only this short clip.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EBybUnRD2M
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2014, 01:22 AM »

interesting mate,thanks for the pic!
yes "long duong" was the kite i had i think!,about 5 years ago i brought it.
i had a mate that used to hold the kite above his head even for a lift off but didnt help much!
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2014, 09:53 AM »

The key is in the launching, just holding them up and pulling like mad is not cutting it.
speedkites NEED to be given a forward motion, a preferred direction of flight must be created during launch. Either by having it really thrown up by a helper, the forward falling from standing and then pulled sharply, or a ramp and sharp pulling. Some speedkites can even do a reliable deadlaunch.

Also once in the air, a speedkites must be kept in motion, you can't just park it at the edge of the wind window. and your steering motions are in general a lot less then with standard kites.

In general they are the most difficult kites to fly well. But also a really challenge to test your flying skills and reflexes.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2014, 11:52 AM »

Agreed on all counts. Wink It took me awhile to be able to launch my Tiger II. Clean winds are also a bonus. If you try to fly one of these in gusty conditions you're going to get frustrated pretty quick. Don't ask how I know, hah.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2014, 12:17 AM »

Hi guys,

I'm also from germany and mad about speedkites. I met some friends on whitsun and we tried some crazy kites (extreme wingspan kites and speedkites). We have made a video where you also can see some frustration with speedkites starting at 8:30 in this video
Whitsun 2014 in France on Vimeo

There you can see how to start from this launcher and how many attempts it took to start e.g. the Vulcan.
We also have a speedkiting contest where the speed of the kite is meassured by radar.
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