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Author Topic: How Badly Will My Flying Skills Deteriorate This Winter?  (Read 4551 times)
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« on: December 15, 2009, 01:44 PM »

This has been my first season of flying stunt kites.  Getting through the lawn dart phase was very difficult until I found a decent flying location and some nice days with wind coming off the water.  My Beetle did take quite a beating but now I have basic take off, landing and control skills. 

How  badly will my hard learned skills disappear over the winter season? 
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2009, 01:59 PM »

They will ripen like a fine wine and you will be renewed in the spring.

All you need to do is sleep with your head lower than the rest of your body to keep your brain engorged with blood.

Hope that helps.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2009, 02:06 PM »

think that depends more on the individual, but one thing is for sure, you'll find out how good a job (or not) you did of implanting the proper muscle memory of the things you learned this summer. Try to get out and fly on any and all nicer days this winter, it won't be as long a wait to find these things out.

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2009, 02:10 PM »

Basic skills will return very quickly, almost like riding a bike. Ingrained muscle memory, timing type tricks will suffer though. Try to get out once in awhile if at all possible, I'm sure your winters are a bit (re: a lot) harsher then ours but hey once a month for an hour will keep your basic flying skills fresh. I've gone a year between flights, can always keep the kite in the air.



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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2009, 02:10 PM »

They won't deteriorate really ...

You'll remember most of what you've learn and you now have a *feel* for it ...

Don't worry, come spring you'll pick up where you left off.

-Frazer
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2009, 02:17 PM »

+1 on frazers comment
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2009, 02:51 PM »

it's more how badly will my bank balance deteriorate? as your jonesing to fly causes you to buy more and more kites until the weather improves
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2009, 03:10 PM »

On the plus side, leading edge launchs are actually easier on ice.  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2009, 04:41 PM »

it's more how badly will my bank balance deteriorate? as your jonesing to fly causes you to buy more and more kites until the weather improves

Kites...more kites...need more kites
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or you go out in the cold Huh
its nice to able to put the kite together inside and also to have a vehicle large enough to not have to break it down until you get back to someplace warm
gloves, warm hat and coat help
how bad are you jonesing? Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2009, 05:40 PM »

Your not flying over the Winter?  Huh
Dude, you're doomed



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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2009, 05:59 PM »

The cold dense air makes low wind flying easier. One time my SUL was just hanging in place without any footwork, when normally, I'd be pumping or back pedaling. Winter flying is cool for flying,  Cool, while it's cold for flying,  Sad.
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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2009, 06:56 PM »

There's no reason to stop flying during the fall, winter, or spring... I think it's the best time to fly. My beaches are empty, there's not much sunburn or sweat. I actually dislike flying in the summer because of those reasons. Mostly the crowds...
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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2009, 07:27 PM »

I'd say about 22%  Cheesy

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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2009, 07:46 PM »

If you are a real die hard, you will fly some during the winter.  You may feel a bit rusty in the spring if you don't, but it shakes off very quickly.  I have flown (and actually had fun) when the temp was below 0 degrees.  When the snow is more than 12 inches deep it gets tough to move your feet though.  Wink



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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2009, 08:07 PM »

Is this where we start a discussion on the density of cold air vs. hot? Obviously I've been around here too long.  Cheesy
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