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Author Topic: Prism EO Atom kite  (Read 2656 times)
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« on: June 27, 2011, 08:39 AM »

Ok single liners,  Cheesy
I need some help with this Atom. It wont fly. I can get 6 feet up on 100 feet of line, but it just dives back into the ground. Meanwhile, the $3 plastic kite I got my 6 year old at the thrift store sails up and up with no problem in the same wind.

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 11:53 AM »

The EO Atom really some wind.  Prism lists the lower wind range at 5mph, but it generally seems happier at 8-10+mph. 

In addition to lift, the wind passing along the 3 vanes is what keeps the kite stable.  Not enough wind and it tends to invert fairly readily and dive for the ground.  With sufficient wind, ground recoveries and relaunches are fairly easily.  Not enough wind or turbulent wind and it is going to spend a lot of time on the ground as dog bait.

When the wind is on the lower end, it is still possible to fly the kite, but it is a very active pursuit that requires pulling the line in and letting the line out depending on the kites position and orientation in the sky. 

What kind of wind are you flying it in?

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 04:18 PM »

6-8mph. It just wouldnt stay up.

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2011, 02:21 AM »

Well the EO kites are active fliers and will dance with the wind but if your having real trouble with it check all the link lines.  THey should be symmetrical on either side of the center vane and a few i have looked at had the lines off slightly.  It doesn't take much on those kites to change how they fly.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011, 08:28 AM »

cant speak for the atom but i have an eo6 and eo8 and they dont like bumpy winds, at the beach in smooth wind they are like a balloon, back home inland they are hit and miss ymmv

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2011, 10:45 AM »

If you buy 2 of them and connect with a spar the kites become quite stable.

I'm guessing a bit, but Mark Reed did it with 2 EO6 kites:

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