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    • I started flying kites relatively late in life. Following a fifteen year career working in the entertainment industry as a theatrical lighting designer, I was given a stunt kite as a gift.  Well, that was it! I was hooked. I proceeded to develop a stunt kite show which performed at outdoor festivals and special events throughout Canada and the Eastern United States. Our kite show matured, and in 1989 I ended up on the lagoon at Epcot Center/Disney World, Florida.  My Kite Team (The Shooting Star Kite Show) performed a series of 450 stunt kites shows, choreographed to music while being pulled behind ski boats powered by 200 horse power motors creating our wind. The show was called "Fantasy of Flight" and was performed five times daily throughout a three month contract during the summer of 1989. 
      This is a short exert of the shows performed.  Note you will hear the cues being communicated between pilots, boats, drivers and ground crew via Clear Com. 
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    • Agree I was a lot more relaxed first time on nighthawk than on widow. Widow should be back up Tuesday and It's going to be more fun having my 1st repair done. Sure are a lot of I wants out there though.  If I didn't  have another kite I would have spent 4 hours 52 minutes and $24.36 in gas going to Boulder Co. for a $10.00 part. Yes I do have the mileage figured just in case !! 
    • Late this afternoon caught some light wind. Doubt anything above 6 mph. Put the nose to full pitch . Couldn't do much but fly. Nose back to half and tried doing some ground work. Kots are 1/2 inch. Think the nighthawk needs 1/4. Came from top center of window 3/4 down window to the right. Slide stalled to a wing tip landing. Launched into a back fade turned nose slightly inward flipped right line missed the roll up. As I moved backward and  snapped ,the line wrapped around wing tip. Failed 1/2 axle .Right tip hit and kite flexed inward and flipped onto it's face . Glue bond on spreader ferrule failed. Easy fix. Last Sunday I did the same thing on the widow. I think this is what broke the spreader. I didn't notice at first maybe because of inattention,fracture got worse by continuing to fly or both. I think the tension from the stiff widow l e ferrule transferred  to the spine ferrule the weak point. Obviously the inside tube end being the weak link. The nighthawk with a more flexible single  le let go on the other side of the spine. I'm starting to believe the end results were by design to avoid a punctured sail. If that is so wow !!! Success with 2 on right 1 left of center just about 1 right of center. Left side ahh not so much, Nothing broken . Like to think that the cause was an attempt not a case of the lazy. 
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