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Author Topic: Straight and curved LEs  (Read 947 times)
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« on: October 04, 2009, 08:37 AM »

How does a curved LE affect flight and trick performance compared to a straight LE?
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009, 10:07 AM »

All other factors being equal (sail area, profile (yeah, I know, impossible), weight, etc.)

straight LE better at:
precision flying
pitch based tricks

curved LE (convex not concave):
spin based tricks
cartwheel recoveries
leading edge launch (a lost art)
dead launch (depending on which way the curve is going)

Think Frisbee™ for curved and arrowhead for straight. (gross generalization)
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2009, 06:29 PM »

Are there any pronounced concave LE kites about. I don't think I've seen one of them yet.
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 06:34 PM »

The DEfine has fairly pronounced concave leading edges. I got to fly the pass-around and sign kite. It had outstanding precision and a really weird bridle.

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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2009, 07:28 PM »

QPro SUL is pretty concave as well.  When I first got it, I thought something was wrong.

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