Kansas Flier

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    Single Line
  • Flying Since
    1994
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    Kansas
  1. Premier Vision

    You might look at the local schools, elementary to college. Lakes, too. My usual park has a similar issue. You could go to that park when the winds are blowing in the "right" (N-S as opposed to E-W, for example) direction for the layout of the area. Find another park right for different wind directions. Depending on the types of trees, the wind may act different during different seasons. One of the nice things about SLK's, is once you get above the trees, you are usually good to go- Trees are not as much of a concern. Here is Kansas, you can be on the top of the flattest, no-tree-havin' "hill" and the wind will still "direction change and gust". I have also used Up and Down to describe the wind direction.
  2. EmmaKite Octopus... help!

    How much pull does it have? Looks like it flies at a nice angle.
  3. Box Delta

    That is one nice looking Conyne. I do not own a Conyne of that size. For comparison, the 8' ITW Rocky Mountain Conyne lifted the new 6' ITW Flying Spider windsock better than a Powersled 14. The 14 wasn't a slouch, but there were times when the Spider was getting on the heavy side for it. I use a Powersled 10 interchangeably with a 5' Conyne for lifting light things or as a pilot kite. I would guess that a Powersled 24 would have more lifting power than a 12' Conyne. Conynes usually have 4 tail attachment points, to the Delta's usual 3 points. Conynes are easy to stack(never stacked deltas, but it seems like Conynes would be easier to stack.) I find that, without a tail, the Delta will more easily overfly and glide than a Conyne. Adding a tail usually cures this issue. I know my 11' and larger deltas will fly in less wind than my 8' Conynes. As for stability, I would say the Conyne with two tails is about as stable as a sled with a drogue.
  4. GroupView

    Looks warm!
  5. Loving the Quantum

    If the lines would have stretched out while in flight, this would have been immediately noticeable to the pilot. As a pilot with experience, when my lines, or more accurately one side of the set, stretched, I found it difficult to fly; for a beginner, it would be downright frustrating and learning to fly would be very difficult. If the last person flying didn't have this experience, then your lines are probably fine. If the lines are uneven, try stretching out the other line. I fixed a "Stock" line set(shortened the longer, stretched line) only to have the other line stretch out on the next flight. Since then, I have pretty much sworn off stock line sets. Which brings me to my two cents: Buy some good line sets. Use the stock sets when you are flying in "grabby" grass or stickers or when you are flying around a bunch of small children with SLK's, like at a kite festival. Final note: Most SLK lines will cut through your dual lines very easily. If it's a runaway kite with cheap-o kite string, it will be like a hot knife through warm butter.. ETA: The cause for the line stretching in my case was flying it winds that were gusting in excess of the kites wind range. If it did stretch, you didn't do anything wrong to cause the lines to stretch, other than flying the kite, and that is kinda the point of having a kite. I broke a 100# Skybond line while flying my Quantum in some pretty gusty winds.
  6. Is it better to start with single line kites?

    As much as I like Prism products, I would avoid the Isotope, they had an issue with the bridle, I don't know when, or if, they fixed it. The Bora is a great kite. I would suggest taking a look at the Triad. It's a lot of fun to fly. You fly it like a fighter kite, with the winder on the ground, line in your hands. And speaking of fighter kites, you might want to check them out too. And there are gliders, for those days when there is no wind, or you can fly indoors. The Wala XL is a good glider that can fly in 20 MPH winds. Kites do have a tendency to multiply. You have been warned.
  7. Kite Tail

    The "Dragonball" version's tail is two, one inch wide, thirty foot long, plastic streamers. I second makatakam's advice, 50-100 foot of surveyor's tape should make for some nice skywriting.
  8. Winders

    How much room do you have? I use extension cord reels, the kind with a frame, not the hand held winder. I haven't timed it, but I can wind up 150 foot of line fairly quickly- Definitely less than 2 minutes, probably closer to 1 minute. Of course, they take up more room than a hoop winder, but space is not an issue for me. I have never used them in the sand. The ones I have don't have ball bearings to get gummed up. I don't know what kind of issues sand would cause. You can put a lot of line on one. 500' of 500# is about a quarter full. The 300 feet of 6mm Paracord I have fits nicely on one. I do not fly kites off the reel. If I had a hold on the frame, I am sure a gust of wind would tear the reel right out/off.
  9. Wingtip Tension Knots for Prism 4-D?

    In a wardrobe moving box marked "Wedding Dresses". You'll need a box big enough to hold your Mother's, Aunt's, Sister's, Cousin's, and any other relative or friend's dresses, if ya know what I mean. Cut a hole in the back for access. As a guy, I ain't touching that box with a ten foot pole, mess up "Mom's" wedding dress and I would never hear the end of it. If you need to expand, there is always Prom and Homecoming dress boxes.
  10. Power Sled Addiction

    Sleds? Yeah, I live with a family of sleds. There are some that live upstairs in a closet, the rest live in the basement. They are a reliable group, and can go from "in the bag" to "ready to fly" faster than Clark Kent could become Superman. I try to make sure they get plenty of exercise, and they seem happiest when lifting something. Since everyone can't fly at the same time, I have to rotate who gets to go to the park. If I don't, one of them might get disgruntled and start corrupting the deltas. And I don't need that to happen. ...again. For the record, I love all the sleds equally. And I'm not just saying that because there is one in the room with me now.
  11. If Mommy Can't Share;)

    One thing I found helpful was to walk toward the kite when the nose was pointing down. When flying shapes, this slows the kite down. You'll be walking toward the kite a lot- slides, snap stalls, gaining ground in lighter winds, landings(planned and unplanned), and tricks(intentional and unintentional). I would suggest that you search Youtube for videos on ground recovery. Knowing how to cartwheel will add to your flying time.
  12. If Mommy Can't Share;)

    I have never flown a tail with my Quantum, but I would use the reinforced piece that the bungee cord goes through on the back of the kite. It's about two inches from the bottom of the spine. What I would do is cut a piece 16 to 20 inch of 80#(or so) line and tie a double overhand (or knot of your choice) near the two ends to make a loop. I would push that loop through the webbing holding the bungee cord. You could pull one end of the loop through the other, making a pigtail to attach the tail's swivel or you could pull the ends of the loop even and attach the tail's swivel there. Once you are done, you can remove the string from the back of the kite, store it on the tail's swivel. I do not break down the leading edges on my Quantum, it just sticks out of the bag. If you do this, be careful not to turn it open side down, or a spreader might fall out.
  13. Roller Coaster

    It's worth a try. A new kite won't "fix" my skills, but there something to be said about getting to know a new kite. There are many more "hobbies" that are more expensive than kites. And remember it's for the grandkids, if all else fails.
  14. If Mommy Can't Share;)

    The Premier Osprey is a 60" kite wind range is 5-25. I think the low wind range is closer to 7 MPH. In higher winds Ill put a 50' ribbon tail, nice tight turns. It's built tough. Less expensive than the other kites. I don't have any experience with the Little Wing, but I do have a 48" kite from their "Learn to Fly" series. It's a fast little kite. Not as tough as the Osprey. This kite came with plastic handles instead of straps. The Beetle 2100 (56"x33") is about the same size as the Jazz (55"x28"). The Beetle's wind range is 3-15, where as the Jazz's range is 5-25. Depends on the usual winds you fly in. I would say the Jazz is built tougher than the Beetle. I would say the Beetle is entering light wind category. I would add 2-3 MPH to the low wind range of smaller kites. If you are going for a kite that you don't mind who flies it and you don't mind it being lawn-darted, I would recommend the Osprey. That being said, my advice would be to save your cash on these smaller kites and buy another Quantum sized kite. Then buy yourself an even nicer kite, later. The Quantum took the new flier duty from the Osprey.
  15. EmmaKite Octopus... help!

    My two cents: You are going to want to anchor this kite. Anchor the kite before you launch it. You will need to choose an anchor that is appropriate for the location. The Gomberg website has a good article about anchors. There are several Youtube videos demonstrating different anchors. Walk the kite up, walk the kite back down. I would suggest your first launch be in lighter winds, 7-12 MPH. Wear gloves. Don't wrap the line around your hand. If the kite comes down, there is a chance the kite might self launch if the winds pick up or changes direction. The kite might have enough pull to lift some line laundry. Need to post some pics once you get it in the air.