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Author Topic: Stowaway Parafoil diving?  (Read 2060 times)
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« on: January 29, 2013, 05:37 PM »

I just bought a stowaway parafoil and I've tried flying it twice with the same problem both times:  Before I could even get it 15' off the ground, as soon as there was enough wind to lift it, it swoops side to side a couple times, then either dives to the ground or dives and hooks under, then gets turned around in the wind and ends up inside out with the wind filling the sail from the back side...

Considering everything I have read about it says it is extremely stable, I don't know if it is defective or just has a poorly tied bridle or something...  I figured I'd check with the forum before I bring it back.

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 06:13 PM »

Mine gets real squirrelly in these choppy Midwest winds until I get it about 40-50 ft in the air where it smooths out. I always have to work it a lot to gain height fast. Once it's up there I don't have an issue.

It's a small sail and with that 20 ft tail dragging it, doesn't make it easy until it catches smooth wind to keep the sail filled.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 06:29 PM »

Thanks, maybe I'll have to give it another shot...
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 07:24 PM »

Try giving it some slack when it does that, then put some tension back when it rights. I seem to remember that working for me.

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 08:21 PM »

The Guys above are right.
The Stowaway foil does prefer smoother winds.
But if it is dancing about try working the line in and out.

The way I usually launch mine is I put a stake in the ground.
Run out as much line as i am going to use.
Tie off to the stake, pull the kite tight on the line and let go.
Any decent wind will just take it straight up.

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 10:27 AM »

Yup, my experience has been the same with this kite and our choppy winds. The one thing it keeps doing to me is that the tail will wind itself up really tight.... so tight that it becomes a ball of knots. I haven't been able to make it stop that behavior. Was thinking maybe a weight, but I don't know..... seems like that might create more problems.

Nancy
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 11:00 AM »

Choppy winds are not kind to the stowaway. However, bridle twists are quite common.  Every time I take mine out the bridle has somehow gone around the kite several times in the bag and twisted up.  I swear my kite bag has a Gremlin in it.  I did have one where one front bridle leg was slightly shorter than the other making this worse but it just part of the kites "fun" is its active behavior.
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2013, 05:25 PM »

I actually like having to work this kite. It can be very active and fun to keep an eye on. With steady wind over 10mph it wil stay stuck in the sky, but with the bridle tangles, adds a challenge.
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2013, 05:43 PM »

Ca Ike, I used to have the same problem. Now I never remove the flying line from the kite. Been sweet since.

Tmadz, It is a nicely interactive kite at times. Sometimes you dont want a kite that you set and forget eh?
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 11:15 AM »

I have the same Prism Stowaway Parafoil, and mine often flips upside down and inverts itself too.  It's not very fun because it looks really dumb that way.

I'm not sure how these parafoils are assembled, but mine has a rubber band around one of the lines that I cannot remove unless I physically cut it.  Does anyone have the same? I could simply cut it off, but I left it on as I can't imagine it affecting flight that much.
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