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« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2014, 06:29 AM »

Well, measured the bridle yesterday and the outer lines are about 3/4" too long compared to the sketch Jon sent me.  Doesn't seem like a lot, but I'm sure it can make a difference. I made some adjustments to bring everything in spec and hopefully can try it tonight.  E-mailed Jon about it and I'm just waiting to hear if he thinks that could be the cause.  Really hope this takes care of it.
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« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2014, 07:46 AM »

That will make a difference.
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« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2014, 07:49 AM »

Depending on the kite, 3/4" can make all the difference in flight performance.  Longer outhauls will move the towpoints in towards the spine and can induce oversteer and other bad habits.  Make sure both sides of the bridle are as close to Jon's measurements as possible. Use a metal yardstick and pull the bridle legs taut when measuring. A properly adjusted bridle matters a lot.

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- Well built and adjusted kite
- Good flying field and wind conditions
- Pilot skill Smiley

Well, measured the bridle yesterday and the outer lines are about 3/4" too long compared to the sketch Jon sent me.  Doesn't seem like a lot, but I'm sure it can make a difference. I made some adjustments to bring everything in spec and hopefully can try it tonight.  E-mailed Jon about it and I'm just waiting to hear if he thinks that could be the cause.  Really hope this takes care of it.
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« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2014, 07:45 PM »

I am sure glad that someone clued me in on "Pilot Skill".  That is my focus now..... Cheesy

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« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2014, 07:55 PM »

I am sure glad that someone clued me in on "Pilot Skill".  That is my focus now..... Cheesy

Getting help with the "Skill"  PRICELESS

Thanks NP

Next trip down, I'm making a video of you and the JL. If you are anything like me "everything will go to crap" once the camera is turned on. Choose your weapon carefully. Don't forget to practice....practice....practice......what Kent said about the half lazy. You already have the rest down. 
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« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2014, 08:43 PM »

You saw how well I did just with you watching  Roll Eyes   Throw a camera in the mix and I'm sure nothing will go right.....

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« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2014, 09:01 PM »

You saw how well I did just with you watching  Roll Eyes   Throw a camera in the mix and I'm sure nothing will go right.....
I'll have my wife sneak up in back of us and you'll never know you're on camera.
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« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2014, 11:41 PM »

You saw how well I did just with you watching  Roll Eyes   Throw a camera in the mix and I'm sure nothing will go right.....
I'll have my wife sneak up in back of us and you'll never know you're on camera.

 Cheesy  so true..
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2014, 01:50 PM »

Having the bridle off that much is enough to change the kite completely. If Jon hasn't taken care of it already, when it comes back it'll fly like a million bucks. Enjoy the new bird, she's great.

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