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  • Birthday 04/10/1951

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  1. Did you guys fly?
  2. My bad. I thought an Eddy was about 25% down. I never checked the specs or built one. All the "diamond" kites I made as a kid and afterwards involved unequal spar lengths, and tended towards tall and thin. All were made with bowed cross-spars and were fairly steady in flight with no tail. They were all equipped with line bridles and the location of the bridle anchor points made a dramatic difference in flight characteristics. I, and my father, built mostly box kites using laminated basswood spars that we would make in the basement "shop". We built many large ones, up to about 15 feet tall that could lift a small person. The small box kites that I made as a kid were the only ones with a direct-to-frame attachment point for the line. The large ones were all bridled for load distribution.
  3. The spars in that configuration = Eddy. The Eddy kite is less stable than the typically available commercially made diamonds, and should make it easier to replicate the action. If you bring the bridle point down a 1/4" it should increase the tendency to rock. Even 1/8" should make a difference. The bridle point is the actual intersection point of the spars as I understand it. Am I correct in this assumption? There is not a bridle made of bridle line attached to the frame? distal = army medic
  4. A (relatively) small parafoil is a great kite to learn with. The lack of a frame makes it very forgiving when you crash the kite, and it's a good intro to stunt kiting in general. It will give you a good idea of the dynamics of the wind window and how to work the wind to your advantage. Have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.
  5. All Rev fliers are awesome, and extremely humble.
  6. I had that happen once, a very long time ago. I remember trying to duplicate it on several occasions, and nearly had it a couple of times. A few variables have to mesh to make it possible. Fascinating how the rocking motion and the oscillations in the line seem to strengthen each other. One thing I remember is that the tail has to be just a little bit less than what the kite can possibly lift, and the rocking motion of the kite can be amplified by making the distal end of the tail heavier than the rest of it, for instance, using a rock or other object to add weight to the existing tail. I spent a whole summer trying, but never got it to work as well as the time it happened initially. The weight of the tail, wind speed, length of the tail, weight of the line, length of the line, area of the sail, how high or low the attachment point on the bridle, and even the bow in the frame that the wind creates all have to be in exact proportion to each other. Absolutely mesmerizing when it happens.
  7. This should be helpful. Zero_Wind_Deca._manual.pdf Even with instructions it can be mind-boggling the first couple of times. I once tried to assemble one in the field without instructions and got nowhere. Best to have someone show you, and even then if you don't fly it for a year or two you'll probably need a refresher course.
  8. @RonB Definitely take Brett up on his offer. To have an experienced pilot only an hour away, who can help you in the early stages is worth its weight in gold. To have someone that close who can also set up a Deca is priceless! A couple of times out with Brett will take months off the learning curve. Smile, have fun and don't forget to breathe.
  9. I would like to see the "TKL" a and the two lines going out from the figure bit bolder. The other figures don't look like figures to me. They look more like the graphic normally used to indicate a figure in motion. If they do indeed represent motion, then it's all good, but if they are meant to represent the rest of the team, I think they would be better if they were thicker and went all the way down to the ground. Of course the TKL doesn't stand for TeamKiteLife, right? It stands for T.K. and Luca.
  10. I meant the forum page, not the home page. I probably just didn't notice when it disappeared.
  11. If driving, I prefer the chairs originally installed by the vehicle manufacturer, especially if the vehicle is a stick-shift. When flying, I prefer an armless chair, so I don't keep bumping my elbows into the armrests.
  12. Speaking of logos, I just noticed that the KiteLife logo - the kid flying a kite, like on the pin - no longer appears on the home page.
  13. Yes, and there are some other quads you may get the chance to fly or purchase, especially some home-made that can use the extra brake because of the bridle setup, or maybe you want to try flying any quad attached upside-down, or with the handles held upside-down. Imagination rocks.
  14. .......and the further you move out on the top knots, the easier it is to launch from the inverted "parked" position, to hold an inverted hover, and to fly backwards. If you can't fly one knot in from the one that is impossible to do an upright launch from, then backwards and inverted flight will remain difficult forever.
  15. And, only because they were already done.