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Issue 70: Guide to Nose Replacement

Materials needed: Soldering iron with pointed tip (30 watt, no more, no less) Metal Ruler Silver or White Sharpie Glass table (used for cutting fabric with soldering iron) Mylar Kevlar (or some other tough and durable fabric that can be melted together) Ripstop Nylon Sewing Machine Stitch Puller Lighter *Fabrication Notes Make all cuts with […]

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The Tekaweya is named for the Mohawk word for "two wings."

Issue 70: Kite Plan – Tekaweya

This kite design challenged us more than any other we ever set out to create. Our main purpose with the Tekaweya was to explore the contest between weight and drag reduction in sport kites. Our premise was that reducing drag would pay off in a wide wind range without sacrificing durability or branding the kite […]

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Issue 70: Kite Plan – Ohashi’s No-Bridle Kites

When is a bridle not a bridle??When it is a single line attached to a single point on a kite. Eiji Ohashi of Japan, known around the world for his kite trains, originally called this design system the “one-bridle kite.” But he reports that kitemaker Reza Ragheb challenged the terminology. “Seeing my kites he said […]

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Issue 70: Featured Store – Picture Pretty Kites

Each month we’ll be featuring one of the fine retailers who have been so supportive of Kitelife and other areas of the kiting community…The retailers you’ll find here are established, proven vendors. Picture Pretty Kites 6512 N. 44th Omaha NE 68112 Phone: 1-877-453-4970 Floor space: 27ft Trailer Hours of operation: 24/7 via the web, […]

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Kerry Glass

Issue 70: Empty Spaces – Kerry Glass

Kerry Glass was a kite flying friend of mine.  And please put some extra emphasis on that word “friend,” too.  That word is quite important to us. Oh, our friendship originally centered on kite flying, but it quickly grew into something much more meaningful to me.  Yes, he was certainly always a kite flier, but […]

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Gomberg Kites

Issue 70: Kite Trade Association Intl Trade Show

Arriving early in the morning on Monday, Takako and I took the opportunity to explore some of Las Vegas before meeting up with Ben D’Antonio, Joe and Dave Hadzicki later in the evening for our drive to the site of the 2010 KTAI trade show in Primm, about 40 minutes west of Las Vegas. Day 1 […]

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Issue 70: South Padre Island Kite Festival

Going to some kite festivals is a bit difficult and “pricey” at times… So I’ve kinda avoided the hefty travel costs of going to some of the more distant, out-of-the-way fests, preferring to stick closer to home instead. Still, John Barresi (our Kitelife Publisher, and iQuad Captain) has been telling me for years and years: […]

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Issue 70: Windless Kite Festival

Yeah, we’re on the road again, this time to the 9th Annual “Windless” Indoor Kite Festival – the oldest continual Indoor Festival in the USA. Every year, I’m kind of surprised by how young this “oldest” USA festival is, but then I remind myself that Indoor flying is really a relatively new activity on the […]

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Issue 70: Rockport Kite Festival

3rd Great Texas Kite Club Fun Fly “If you don’t like the weather in South Texas just wait a few hours!!”   So often that statement is quoted in jest, but never has it  been so true as on Friday December 4th as kite fliers are traveling to Rockport, Texas to attend the fun fly.   John […]

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Issue 70: Windless Kite Festival Gallery

Photos by Dave Shattuck

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