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Author Topic: Bell's new kite Aerobe (designed by Albert Chen)  (Read 18696 times)
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« on: July 24, 2009, 04:30 AM »

there is a thread on FA with lots of pix:
Flying Wings Kites -- Aerobe


my favorite part is around 4.59 where there are a bunch of them flying on a beach....

pretty cool....
saw them at newport...fly quite well...did not try them indoors....
VERY Skateish (focus) but heavier with flying wings plastic fittings and a dyna kite nose.....

was told ~60$ or so....seemed a bit high to me but i still will want one.....

steve any idea of when?Huh

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2009, 04:46 AM »

pretty cool. I like the beach part too. A kite with a tail!
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009, 06:47 AM »

Aerobe design by Albert Chen, not Bell Chiu  Smiley

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A kite with a tail!

Wingspan : 64" x 41" w/150" tail
Frame : 3mm Carbon
Sail : Ripstop Nylon
Wind : 0 ~ 20mph

Aerobe flying indoor
Flying Wings Kites - 2009 Aerobe


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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2009, 09:54 AM »

Aerobe design by Albert Chen, not Bell Chiu  Smiley

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A kite with a tail!

Wingspan : 64" x 41" w/150" tail
Frame : 3mm Carbon
Sail : Ripstop Nylon
Wind : 0 ~ 20mph

Aerobe flying indoor
Flying Wings Kites - 2009 Aerobe

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GWTW going to sell these? I want a yellow one...Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2009, 01:08 PM »

Best I can determine these are only being sold in Japan and Taiwan.  I have messages in to the folks at Flying Wings and will report back (if and when I get a response).

Just guessing here but based on what I've seen these might retail in the $100 range.
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2009, 02:05 PM »

Best I can determine these are only being sold in Japan and Taiwan.  I have messages in to the folks at Flying Wings and will report back (if and when I get a response).

Just guessing here but based on what I've seen these might retail in the $100 range.


Might as well get a Manta if a Hundred bucks.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2009, 02:14 PM »

Reminds me of my first kite, a Gayla Bat kite back in the 70s. Too bad it doesn't have the bloodshot eyes...

$100 ?  Huh
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2009, 10:49 AM »

I wonder if it has an adjustable weight pocket, like the Focus Kites Skate. In the videos, some of the shots make the kite look more nose-weighted than others. In the indoor shots, it doesn't look much heavier than the Skate, and a bit more nose-light -- like maybe HALF a quarter in the nose pocket of the Skate?

It also seems happier to do turn-away loops than my Skate, though I may just need more flying time. That move looks more like the Horvath kites (Urban Ninja, etc.), and the 61/49.
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2009, 05:03 PM »

There may be weights involved in the videos, but there's a different flying style at work too.
The pilot, particulary in the second video, is keeping a little tension on the line as the kite is flying away in a glide, keeping the nose down. Give it complete slack and the nose will rise and the kite will stall.

The skate, without weights, is like that. With weights it is a true glider - the center of gravity is in front of the center of lift.

Neither style/setup is wrong, just different.

The Aerobe does seem to turn a little better. I'd chalk that up to a stiffer spreader or maybe a more foreward front bridle line.
 
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2009, 07:56 PM »

Aerobe in green island

Aerobe in green island


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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2009, 10:11 PM »

I truly enjoyed flying the Aerobe  Tongue
I call it the windless wonder!
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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2009, 05:06 AM »

You can get them in Japan, saw the website in Toyko, different vids too

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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2009, 12:07 PM »

I'll have all the details up this afternoon but for now ...
Available late August.
Comes with line and 150 ft. tail..
Colors: Yellow, Purple, Blue
$50.00 with free Priority Mail shipping (US addresses)

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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2009, 12:46 PM »

I'll have all the details up this afternoon but for now ...
Available late August.
Comes with line and 150 ft. tail..
Colors: Yellow, Purple, Blue
$50.00 with free Priority Mail shipping (US addresses)



I'll take a purple one.  Cool

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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2009, 12:58 PM »

make mine yellow and a purple one @$50 each

they are going for $130 in Toyko.... each
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