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About ChopperChuck

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  • Birthday 10/10/1956

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Revolution Series-B, Sky Burner
  • Flying Since
    Just back into it.
  • Location
    Troy, Michigan
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    Dual line and quad kites, Target Shooting, Golf, RC Helicopters and Planes
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  1. Very Disappointing First Flight

    Got to fly my Series-B for the first time yesterday and could not seem to keep it in the air. The winds were blowing around 12 Mph, I have 82 ft lines and no snag handles with TK's leaders. Started with the lines all the way out on both the upper and lower leaders and could not launch the kite. Moved them one knot at a time on the upper leaders until I was 5 knots in. Finally was able to launch, but when the kite got up to a certain height the kite legs would twist and the kite would fall out of the sky. Very frustrating. Looking for advice from some experienced pilots. Do I need to continue to move in on the leader? Longer flying lines to start? Something wrong with the setup of my kite that I need to check? Have reviewed all of the videos and have not seen a REV with so little Drive. Even in lower winds. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  2. WIN: B-Series VTD (signed)

    Congrats Jamie! Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
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  4. Welcome ChopperChuck

    Hi Makatakam, Thanks for pointing out the map. Had not made it to that part of the site yet. Would be nice to tie up and fly with others in my area. Was very happy to see your recommendation on the Series-B, and that you felt that it would be a good match for the winds in the Midwest. I had a lead on a Series-B not pan out and was bummed. Was going to go with a Reflex, or a New York Minute, but kept on searching for that elusive Series-B. So many people that fly revolutions say that they like their Series-B the most. Finally found a Kite Store that had a full sail Black, Red, White in stock. Should be here next week. Will be sending it into John to get the leading edge/screen strengthening this winter. Since they are no longer in production I would like to do everything I can to preserve it. Chuck
  5. Welcome ChopperChuck

    Hi Jase, Thanks for the leads on the kite sites. Have not worked my way through this site yet, but enjoy researching the topics to get me started on my next adventure into kiting. Chuck
  6. Welcome ChopperChuck

    Hello John, and Other Fellow Kite Flyers, My name is Chuck and I am a kite flyer in South East Michigan (Troy to be exact). I started kite flying about 20 years ago and flew mainly dual line kites, as well as a 4 line soft kite called a Quadrafoil. The Quadrafoil is so easy to pack on a trip. No spars, just a sail, lines, and handles. I have only flown about once or twice a year for the past 10 years and for some unknown reason have been bitten by the bug again. I am in the process of trying to find a Revolution that I can get back into the hobby with.. In looking at the videos I would call the style of flying that I like slow precision. I am mesmerized with the control you can get with a quad line kite, like the revolution. The winds in Michigan average in the 5-7 Mph range with days of 10-15 Mph in the spring, on most days it would be considered variable. If there are any other flyers in Southeast MI I would be glad to have someone to fly with. Really don’t know of any local people flying Quads. For now I am going to be doing plenty of reading, watching John's videos, and taking it slow. Chuck