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« on: January 20, 2015, 01:57 PM »

Bambi and I spent 3 beautiful days in Lake Havasu. After the balloons ascend

in the morning, we're supposed to entertain the crowd. In the low winds (0-5 mph)

most of our kites were on the ground. The main star of the week-end was the

Benson Inner Space. At the start of day 2, Bambi noticed that the top 6 inches

of the left leading edge was crushed. As I was giving any and all lessons, it was

either keep using the IS or pull out the Prism Vapor  Huh. So for the next 2 days

that amazing IS was a trooper. Not only did it keep flying, but I taught at least 50

people how to fly or flew with the youngsters with them holding the straps. I could

still do tricks (axels, fade, 540, tip stands, and even 1 900). Now I have to see if

there are any old style 2PTs left in my spar box.

We also used:

   Parachute races for the kids (and some adults) (Bethanie Wilson and Todd Copeland brought them)

   Air-Yo (circle on a stick)

   Nerf frisbee (2 foot diameter)

  12' Delta (just keep backing up, land and repeat)

Todd and Andy each also had their SULs for occasional flying when the winds picked up.

We also had about 15 kites spread out for people to come up and hold and ask questions.

My hats off to Mr. Benson for creating a workhorse-low-wind-wonderful kite.
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2015, 02:35 PM »

 Huh  Where was your Mojo UL? Embarrassed
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2015, 02:53 PM »

This will break your heart.

I had the Mojo UL, but the IS (even broken)

flew better in the wind we had.

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2015, 03:06 PM »

What autocorrected on you Join? IS?
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 05:37 PM »

Now I'm confused.

Join?

IS = Inner Space
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 08:12 PM »

Yep!
The inner space kicks the mojo in real looow wind.

Thanks for your report, Join.   Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2015, 08:39 PM »

Well, yeah.. The InnerSpace is an indoor kite.

Why wouldn't it fly better in really low wind?

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2015, 03:54 PM »

Bambi's 12 foot Delta and the Inner Space now repaired

and ready to take on the next group of lemmings.  Smiley

JimB, as always, a wise man.
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2015, 02:50 PM »

Teaching new flyers with a super fragile kite?

You must do your own repairs ...  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2015, 02:55 PM »

Yeah, replacing upper leading edges is not my favorite.

That may have been my last 2PT small ferrule stick.

I've always maintained that I teach anyone on the kite

I'm flying when they walk up. That did cost me a Vapor

sail once though.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2015, 03:25 PM »

I believe there are still old skool 2pts available from K&FT
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2015, 09:17 PM »

I heard you can nose plant those Vapors without any issues. Don't know if its true.
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2015, 11:46 PM »

Yours did not count. The kite has to make a thud sound

to be considered a nose plant. You were too gentle.

Maybe next time.
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2015, 10:42 PM »


I've always maintained that I teach anyone on the kite

I'm flying when they walk up. That did cost me a Vapor

sail once though.  Roll Eyes

That's similar to how I got the small spar hole in my treasured Prism Eclipse Custom Color.  Guy had a Benson Gemini, first I'd ever flown.  I didn't know he'd only just bought it.  I was transfixed flying the Gem when he somewhat brutally smashed the a Eclipse into the ground.  A little piece of me died that day, even though the sail was easily repaired.  You can tell from the kites mentioned how long ago it was, but I guess I never got over it.  I did buy a Gemini after that, so at least there's that.

I've let beginners absolutely destroy kites (one rather spectacularly. -- the guy later became a regular flying partner), but I usually select which kites they get to fly.  However, I'm not wound so tight that I won't let someone fly a high end kite.  Just not the irreplaceable ones anymore.

My goal is to acquire the calm cool of Mark Reed, even when folks are driving kites into the ground.  His attitude is amazing.  (Yours too. John!)
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2015, 11:00 PM »

Lawn Dart by definition: kite remains upright after crash, caused by the spine tearing through the nose and sticking into the dirt.
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