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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2012, 11:41 PM »

You have to be careful with bridle adjustments Ara.  You don't just move one way.  WHen you shorten the inhaul you are not only moving the tow point closer to the spine but also down toward the tail and in toward the sail.  Its a common misconception that when you adjust a bridle leg you move the tow point in a straight line when actually its a minute arc.  You may find that after shortening the in haul you also need to adjust the AOA toward the nose slightly to get the tow point back in flying range.

THis is an issue I find with using pig tails at the LE's for AOA adjustments.  Not only do you change the AoA but you also change the bridles complete geometry and how the kite handles in flight as well as tricks which can make tuning a lot harder.  With adjusting AoA at the tow point instead of a bridle leg end you maintain the overall geometry of the bridle and the kite tends not to get out of dynamic balance as easily.
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