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    • Looks like a winner Rob! 🤙🏻

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    • I'm thinking more of the pull it would generate and fighting the wind for control. The "venting" actually creates more lift somehow. I have been amazed by how low a wind speed a vented kite will fly in compared to a standard sail. I think, by what I saw in the video, that it is already creating enough extra lift to compensate for the additional weight. But, we shall see, right?
    • I'm thinking in between. this is a heavier kite than it looks so might need an extra MPH or two..
    • micro-carbon "fingers" like a bat's wing, you could try a "leach line" in the trailing edge to force an alteration into the airstream, it won't flatten out fully no matter what you do! even vents with velcro covers over them too, so you could open or close off more air passage thru the sail you might run the leach line thru or next to the leading edge tube, so you can pre-stress or pre-curve it somewhat.  That cups air pressure but diminishes tracking (life is full of choices) no way you'll break that frame w/o impacts involved enjoy the experience of testing and tuning
    •   Would the extra weight create a very pitch/roll up happy kite or is a (steel) centre-T far enough from the trailing edge to really have much of an effect? On the other hand if there would be an unexpected roll up I don't think that it would be the most urgent of problems. If you are into heavy re-engineering could one change the aluminum to a wrapped carbon tube to get something strong and light. Perhaps it would require reinforcement at the ends, so that it didn't crack lengthwise. But I guess the mod would take much time from flying.   Park the car just off-road, behind a bush or in the shade with a camouflage net over it... (no - this is not a serious recommendation)   I find it contributing to a relaxing atmosphere when people around doesn't need to only share the progress part of their stories, but also include the setbacks as well. And also a bonus for your positive thinking! By breaking the kite during ground recoveries do you mean while learning the cart wheel or "just anything that could get that kite off the ground"? For the cart wheel I'd say that you don't need much force. I've been working with this myself recently, when cart wheeling my Fazers (rather high aspect ratio and large kites).The way that I've found is to let the top wing back much, then make a long smooth soft pull on that line. Then the following input on the other wing can be very small. It almost feels like cheating through the cart wheel. It also looks like cheating IMO, but it works. Possibly you first need to pull the other line closest to the ground in advance to align the kite on the ground, but I'd need to be out on a field to remember/test/verify this set up part. Also be careful with the stand offs. Normally you feel/see if a line is around the wing during start, but be careful when this get more difficult to spot: long lines, heavy kite or windy conditions, snow or high grass.
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