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« on: April 17, 2010, 07:35 PM »

I have a couple kites that I use occasionally, but overall I'd consider myself a novice.  I have a single line powersled that has decent pull, but it got me thinking...  I also have a Snapshot 1.4 parafoil stunt kite, and I was wondering if it would be possible/difficult/worthwhile to turn it into a single-line kite. 

I took it out in the wild and held onto the two attachment points on the bridle where you tie on the lines and I tried to get a feel for it.  At first I wondered if I could just tie both bridle points to a single line, but that doesn't seem like it would work.  It seemed like that was pulling in the sides of the foil too much, losing the lift.  I started thinking I could re-tie the whole bridle to flatten it out, but that seemed like it would be a can of worms... 

Do you think it would work to just add on 10' leaders to the two attachment points, then add a single line onto that?  Even if it worked, what would the flight characteristics be like?  Would it have a lot of pull, or would it just fly to about 5 deg. off vertical and float right overhead?  Or would it dive and weave all over the sky?

Thanks for your insights!
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010, 07:44 PM »

try it.....what would it hurt??
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2010, 08:02 PM »

By pulling the 2 attachment points together your causing the wing to spill air.  It may also be causing the kite to try to turn in 1 direction or the other.  Especially if the ends aren't tuned or matched.  I think your wanting to add a 10' V shaped lead before going to a single line maybe a far better way to go.  10' maybe a little short, so try different lengths until you have gotten the results you like the best.

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2010, 08:14 PM »

Peter Lynn has done similar to this with some of his Arc range of power kites.  He added leaders to each side, brought them to a single tow point and flew them as single liners.

They flew very steadily at a high angle and with a LOT of pull.  At one point he considered using them in place of pilot kites

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2010, 08:23 PM »

By pulling the 2 attachment points together your causing the wing to spill air.  It may also be causing the kite to try to turn in 1 direction or the other.  Especially if the ends aren't tuned or matched.  I think your wanting to add a 10' V shaped lead before going to a single line maybe a far better way to go.  10' maybe a little short, so try different lengths until you have gotten the results you like the best.

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That's what I said, Charly!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2010, 09:40 PM »

By pulling the 2 attachment points together your causing the wing to spill air.  It may also be causing the kite to try to turn in 1 direction or the other.  Especially if the ends aren't tuned or matched.  I think your wanting to add a 10' V shaped lead before going to a single line maybe a far better way to go.  10' maybe a little short, so try different lengths until you have gotten the results you like the best.

Charly
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That's what I said, Charly!!


I know, but I expanded on the general idea a little... Cool
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2010, 09:55 AM »

Thanks everyone!
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