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« on: August 02, 2011, 06:40 PM »

Obviously it's not the best place to fly, but has anyone ever done a short line demo in a parking lot? What if mats were provided to take off and land on? The wind is pretty good, fairly unobstructed on a good day. Thanks for your input, yay or nay. Ellen
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011, 06:55 PM »

Done it. ...works okay. ...
Quad?
Dual?
Single?
Demo as in a demonstration,  or demo as trying out a new kite? Huh?
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011, 07:01 PM »

Demo as in showing off to fascinated spectators! Wink  Doing a fund raiser for a local Kite Surfer and thought it would be fun to get a few hot shots to do their thing with dual and quads. Maybe even a fighter kite or two?

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2011, 07:10 PM »

Flying ABOVE any hard surface is not the issue, of course.

Make sure the kites have rubber or vinyl end caps over the wingtip nocks.

Keep the lines under 50 feet and you should be fine as long as your wind is fairly clean (away from trees and buildings).

Peter should be able to fly from any surface. I've seen his videos where he walks a sport kite down a hillside of boulders.  Huh

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2011, 07:14 PM »

Here in Texas, our parking lots are busy frying foods on these hot afternoons. 

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2011, 07:24 PM »

like Godfather has said; rubber caps on the tips helps wear and tear and the obvious; dont drag the ground, dont nose plant, avoid lightpoles. In a pinch with no caps? put some tape on the tips to keep the wear down. I will often fly in parking lots in the winter time here without issue
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2011, 05:24 AM »

I flew in a gravel parking lot a yr ago at Kites n' Castles in Nebraska.

I was just 4 months into my flying career so I crashed a few times.

It was Hell on my kites.  Very damaging.  I'd recommend being a better flier than ME when you fly over gravel!

My biggest issue was when I crashed.

I was not able to do like I do in a field and set the lines down and walk to the kite.

The result was a LOT of cars driving over my lines.

Eventually people saw it was a problem and helped me out when the kite hit the ground...so, have a partner
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2011, 07:46 AM »

Flying quads over pavement is less of a problem than dual line.  More speed control, fewer high-speed impacts, less dragging and abrasion.

I demo'd dual lines over pavement at the kite trade show a couple times and that was pretty tough on the kites.  In retrospect I don't think I'd do it with kites I personally built or paid for.  So yeah, good vinyl endcaps and be prepared for some leading edge and possibly sail shredding.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2011, 10:13 AM »

Thanks all!
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2011, 04:26 AM »

DON'T try and cartwheel it! I did it to my Nighthawk and tore up the nose a bit. That's the end of parking lot flying for me.
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