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Charles G
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« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2017, 10:40 PM »

Kites have been flown at this field for decades, and kites are routinely found in trees that have gotten away from their owners. Regulars at the field show me kites theyíve retrieved after a weekend.

I fly at the upwind side of the field and only put my kites up high enough to get to clean air, maybe 150í. I make sure that if the wind were to drop, the kites would come down in the field.

Safety is my concern as well, thatís why I chose the line Iím using.
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« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2017, 11:10 PM »

Kites have been flown at this field for decades, and kites are routinely found in trees that have gotten away from their owners. Regulars at the field show me kites theyíve retrieved after a weekend.

I fly at the upwind side of the field and only put my kites up high enough to get to clean air, maybe 150í. I make sure that if the wind were to drop, the kites would come down in the field.

Safety is my concern as well, thatís why I chose the line Iím using.

And yet, you say your kites have ended up on the highway twice. You are using heavy line because your kites can be dangerous. You disregarded my question about your kite breaking away without being cut by another's line, when in fact even the heaviest line could break/separate for a number of reasons and the kite go its merry way. The heavy line poses hazards all of itself. Maybe a running child hits your line. Maybe as your kite descends the line spools around someone and trips or chokes them. Maybe it's only some poor dog similarly injured.   Roll Eyes

I am reminded of Harry Osborn and his world record attempt with his 14000ft^2 Budweiser sponsored kite at Long Beach back in '83. While Harry was arguably an expert, he always had to be at the center of attention and was always right. He talked up the safety with the heavy lines and the dump trucks full of sand as anchors, and blah blah blah it's-all-good, but when push came to shove the guy who was his designated 'safety officer' was killed when the kite rose and a bridle line snatched him 100 ft up then slacked and dropped him. At least they had the sense to fly in relative isolation, away from other people.
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