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Author Topic: Cutting straight lines with a fighter  (Read 3766 times)
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« on: August 26, 2009, 05:05 PM »

I can get around well with the fighters but I have trouble get the kite to fly straight horizontal lines. I can get them to cut straight up and down perfectly and can time the transition when I want but then all will arc in some random direction on left and right paths. I can some times do it but it seems to only fly the path randomly.

Is my tension not even or Kite not setup properly or do I just need to chose the right fighter for the winds.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 05:52 PM »

Horizontals seem tougher, but with practice you'll nail 'em. It's a matter of line tension. Pick a visual marker in the background, tops of mountains, a distant fence line etc., and practice. You'll get the feel, just takes time.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2009, 08:54 PM »

Moving the tow point down may help some in achieving straight horizontal flight

From Bruce Lamberts article 'Optimizing Kite Performance'

Moving the tow connection loop toward the nose of the kite causes the kite to:
(a) have less pull on your flying line,
(b) fly slightly faster,
(c) spin or turn in wider circles,
(d) be less willing to fly straight or 'track' for long distances,
(e) be more willing to circle, curve or spin,
(f) be less stable.

Moving the tow connection toward the tail of the kite from the initial starting position:
(a) reduces the willingness of the kite to spin,
(b) when the kite does spin, the kite will spin in a tighter circle,
(c) causes the kite to pull harder on your flying line,
(d) causes the kite to fly slightly slower,
(e) enhances the kite’s ability to fly straight or 'track',
(f) makes the kite more stable.

you should google Bruce and check his site out, he also has a CD out with a wealth of information.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2009, 05:53 AM »

I like trying to do figures with my fighters. Since I fly them alone it is something to do... Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2009, 06:18 PM »

Make sure the direction of the arcs is really random. E.g., if the kite usually turns left (ctr-clockwise) or usually right (clockwise), you can tune that out. Either by adjusting a 3-way bridle, or by flexing the (bamboo) side of the bow on the outside of the arc.

Many kites have a tendency to turn down on a horizontal "ground pass" when they're very heavily powered -- i.e., lots of line tension. That bias has no solution other than (a) easing up a bit or (b) choosing another kite. As I recall, this tendency is associated with a high "tip ratio", which is more-or-less a high aspect-ratio (=~wide) kite.

And of course, uneven or lumpy wind always makes a kite track badly, in apparently random ways.

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