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Location: Eastern Panhandle West Virginia

« on: April 27, 2010, 10:13 PM »

   Today was a typical spring day , as far as the winds go , for my area. I live in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in Berkeley county just north of Martinsburg. I live in a valley and the winds , in spring , blow a steady 15 -20 MPH  with gusts upwards of 35 or so. Some days , like today , you just have to stick to the boxers and parafoils. Things that can stand the gusts. I've had to sew up several kite loops ( the ones that the cross brace go through ) cause they just pull off in the gusts. Today I flew a Delta kite for a few minutes . The Spotlight Delta a Gomberg kite flies good in stronger wind but your talking about 20 or so not 35 - 40 and gusting . Man that thing was flaping like a duck on drugs and sure enough pulled the loop off....Again.... So next up was a Delta Conyne. It's a bigger kite at 8 feet by 3 and 1/2 feet and it pulled the line a ton and seemed to overfly a bit. All in all it did well and was a blast cause it will pull up all sorts of tails and such. It 's more stable in the gusty wind . But eventually I got to the parafoils and had fun with the small Sutton 4 pulling a three legged drone . It looked funny with the kite and that big drone spinning behind it. But in the stronger winds you can pull up more stuff . I tried to fly it with the Pirahna drone behind it but that was too much for it . All in all it was a fun day and hope tomorrow turns out to be a little too windy . I sort of like it that way even though it's hard on the kites........Tom in West by God Virginia

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