p23brian

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Prism Snapshot 1.9, New Tech Cherry Bomb, Freilein Exodus
  • Location
    Atlanta, GA
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    United States
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  1. We had great weather over the weekend. Sunny with pre-Irma wind of about 12-15 with stronger gusts. I had the chance to switch back and forth between my full sail Exodus and the new Exodus Max full vent version I just picked up. I spent most of the time with using the Max. It was just a lot smoother in these conditions. I hadn't been flying for several months, but I was able to pick up pretty much where I left off. I worked on hovers, figure 8s, side slips, etc. and felt like I had pretty good control. I did find that even with 12-15 wind the Max was a little more difficult to launch than the full sail Exodus. I moved the upper lines in 1 knot on the leaders and made it much easier. It occurred to me that having some kind of handle setup that allowed adjusting the top lines on the fly would be pretty cool. Have no idea how to make it work, but it might be something to spend some time noodling over. I can definitely see that flying quads is like many hobbies where you can learn the basics fairly quickly, but spend years developing skills and fine-tuning.
  2. Quad Count (they all count)

    First post here in a while. Last year I bought my first Quad, a full sail Freilein Exodus. I spent a few months flying it when free time and wind were available at the same time and I started getting pretty good at the basics. I cracked a frame tube (center tube on LE), probably the result of one too many "high speed landings" during my earlier attempts. It actually failed when the kite was flying, but I think it must have been weakened. As a result I wasn't doing any flying. I just ordered a replacement rod, a new Freilein Exodus Max and a 120' line set. I'll be ready to get back in the saddle shortly. Still very happy with the quality of the Freilein kite. I'm pretty certain the rod failure was due to multiple crashes and not anything inherently wrong with the frame. I think I'm going to get a ferrule and epoxy it into the broken rod just to keep it around for a spare.
  3. Wind / sun shelter?

    I use a commercial grade beach umbrella made by Frankford. Mine has a wood pole and fiberglass ribs. I can't remember the size, I think it's 8' diameter. I use a cordless drill with an auger bit made for planting flower bulbs. Drill a 2' hole in the sand, sink the pole in it, backfill with sand and some water to pack it tight and it doesn't go anywhere. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  4. Source for small diameter shock cord?

    I just picked up 6' of 1/8" shock cord at REI. It seems to be good quality stuff similar to what my kite came with. $0.38 per foot. I'll probably cut some pieces to length with a chisel tip on a soldering iron to keep the ends from fraying.
  5. Good day flying today!

    Probably worth mentioning here that the increase in air pressure on a kite increases exponentially as wind speed increases. Assuming that the density of air stays constant the air pressure is roughly equal to wind speed squared. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  6. Source for small diameter shock cord?

    I can try REI. They have a store a mile from my office. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  7. Anyone know where to buy a length of the small, maybe 1/8" diameter shock cord that holds the frame in place on a quad? I'd like to keep some extra on hand. My kite came with a couple of extra pre cut pieces, but I'm down to the last of them. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  8. A few times when I've posted using the iOS app the post has shown up 2 or more times. I'm certain I didn't tap the button to post more than once. Doesn't happen every time, just occasionally. I also get an error message saying there was a problem submitting the post. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  9. Good day flying today!

    I spent about an hour and a half at the local perk. Wind was W 15 -20. The gusts were probably above the optimum range for my standard full sail kite, but other than a lot of pull I was able to control the kite pretty well. I moved my upper lines in a couple of knots on the leaders and the handles felt more balanced. I find that with the top lines too far extended it's more difficult to apply brake when the wind picks up. Having STEADY wind the whole time was really nice. I continued just working on hovers and increased precision, especially quick 90 degree turns. Too bad we don't get more days with wind like this. I can appreciate that a vented kite would be nice to have when the wind gets up around 15 steady. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  10. Video help

    The version I have is vegas movie studio platinum. Vegas pro is a lot more expensive and I've never run into a situation where I needed the additional features. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  11. Found a soccer field near my office :)

    I flew for about an hour at the soccer field today. Wind was better than usual, steady 8-10 with gusts 15+. My hovers are getting better but still need some work. I had to move my top lines in to the 3rd knot on the leaders to keep the kite from pulling too hard in the gusts. It helped a lot. I met another guy there flying a Parafoil. He said he's there fairly regularly and hasn't been chased away, so it's probably safe to put this spot on the map. I wouldn't recommend planning a kite flying vacation here but if you find yourself in the neighborhood it'll definitely do in a pinch. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  12. Video help

    I use Vegas Movie Studio. It's been a Sony product for years but I think they sold it off recently. Takes some time to learn but can do anything you can imagine. Price is reasonable, probably less than $100. Rendering edited video takes a while regardless of the software. The more powerful your computer the faster it will go. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  13. Corolla Quad Clinic (Apr 8-9, 2017)

    Would like to do this but I'm not sure those dates will work. My son is playing baseball down in Florida that week. I'll have to see if there's a way to make it work. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  14. Found a soccer field near my office :)

    I've already added the park near home where I usually go to fly. I'll try the soccer field a few more times to make sure I don't get chased off or anything before I add that too. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  15. Found a soccer field near my office :)

    The Weather Underground site is really good for getting current local weather conditions. People who set up their own weather stations in their yards feed data to the site. You can see the location of these stations on a map and click them to pull up the current condtions. This is the wind data from one of the stations that's about .5 mile from the new soccer field I just found.