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Author Topic: Zero-G gliding at Lake Almanor  (Read 1073 times)
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« on: July 01, 2012, 06:12 PM »

I recently had a chance to fly my new Prism Zero-G at the shoreline of Lake Almanor (on private property). The wind was 0-1 mph. Not the best video quality, but it shows some good, long glides.
Prism Zero-G Kite at Lake Almanor
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012, 05:58 AM »

Nice glides, but what were you stepping in at the start of the clip? Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2012, 07:30 AM »

probably stepping on the line.....happens...

Looks like the Zero G is a bit more nose heavy than the original Plutz 3.....looks great!
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2012, 07:48 AM »

It could have been goose poop, 'cuz that's where they hang out... but it was only my line I was tangled in. Don't know a zero-wind flyer who doesn't get tangled in their line every time they fly. I had a single glide (hands free) that was over 30 seconds, but no video. The kite did a figure 8 twice (weather-vaning into the 1 mph 'stiff wind' and then falling off the wind). I just stood there, speechless.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2012, 09:47 AM »

Great video.

 It's the most fun single line kite I've ever flown. The glide characteristics are nuts.  You can get flat spins out of it too. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 07:51 PM »

i can't seem to get to grips with mine...  thought about selling it, but seems like I need to try again after watching video...
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2012, 07:16 AM »

i can't seem to get to grips with mine...  thought about selling it, but seems like I need to try again after watching video...

Make sure you put it together correctly. If it's acting weird, something is probably twisted or whatever.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2012, 11:16 AM »

Probably the most frustrating thing about the Zero-G is launching it. DO NOT try to launch from the ground. SOFTLY launch the kite away from you... let it glide... add a little friction to the line & it will come around. Pull it into the air overhead & let it glide away. As long as the line is off axis to the kite's glide, the air drag on the line will start to pull the Zero-G around in a wide turn (if you release the line at this point after you have 40-60 ft out, it may make a full circle around you & come directly to you... great satisfaction. Be patient; once you get it right (including tuning the kite) you'll fly the darn thing 'til the sun goes down (if there's no wind). I get the best conditions early in the morning before 8 am; haven't had the pleasure of flying it indoors yet.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2012, 01:13 PM »

. . . launch the kite away from you... let it glide... add a little friction to the line & it will come around.
From my experience this should be down wind.
Launching into the wind will make it rise and not glide away.
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2012, 02:19 PM »

You are correct, sir! Thanks for the additional beginner info. Anything that gets new zero-wind fliers up-and-flying is a plus.
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