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Issue 47: From the Editor

The 2006 kiting season is off to a running start with summer fast approaching, and we’re having a ball bringing the latest news, reviews, highlights, reports, interviews and photos to you from as many places as possible through the extensive pages of Kitelife Magazine… With 31 kite festivals and competitions on our tour schedule this […]

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Issue 47: AKA Corner

AKA is back in the raffle business. Several years back, the Association organized a series of online raffles as a fundraising program. The idea was to take big-ticket, expensive kites and sell a limited number of chances for $5 each. We offered Peter Lynn inflatables, Gibian art kites, custom sport kites, buggy packages, Kevin Shannon […]

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Issue 47: Dave’s World

We arrived in Bangkok at midnight – eight road-weary Americans and twenty huge bags of fabric. Travel from Oregon with driving and connections had taken about 30 hours, eighteen of which had been in the air. Facing customs and security with odd luggage is always fun. But in this case, organizer Ron Spaulding met us […]

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Issue 47: Drachen Foundation Archives

Three years ago the Drachen Foundation completed an ambitious, multi-year project designed to draw the attention of European and American kite makers to an overlooked medium—paper. Used throughout Asia, paper is both functional and beautiful as a material for sails. The project, Paper Wings, included outreach to design schools, sart departments, and papermaking circles, as […]

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Issue 47: Letters to the Editor

We don’t hear from our visitors HARDLY enough, and are always thrilled to post comments when we get them… It’s your feedback that helps us streamline, and gives us additional insight into what we do here. I couldn’t begin to express how important your comments are, and I’d like to personally invite each and every […]

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Issue 47: ProFile: Egan Davis

Although relatively new by “pro standards”, Egan Davis has been making waves as a competitive flier since the middle of last year! He’s got a few more years of flying than that behind him, but he’s really come into his own as of late.  One of my favorite pilots to watch, he has a style […]

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Issue 47: Empty Spaces – Mike Gillard

Without any warning or recent illness, Mike Gillard passed away (presumably of a heart attack) at his home in Columbus Ohio on the morning of February 28th, 2006 at the age of 51. I’d first met Mike when I was flying on Team Invisible Wind during a trip to the New York Stunt Kite Championships […]

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Issue 47: REVisions: Competition Kit

So, you’ve decided that your flying has reached a point where you’d now like to go out and try on some competition. This can be a good thing (one I certainly now enjoy after years of avoiding competition like some manner of terrible plague), and it can go a little smoother if you are well […]

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Issue 47: TBA or not TBA?

Discussion around the Kitelife Office: Okay – Kitelife Magazine is supposed to be all about “For the overall good of kiting,” right? I mean, that’s what we say out loud, and by and large we pretty much mean it… Still, every now and then we get to musing over some of the de facto “standards” […]

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Issue 47: Empty Spaces – Bob Price

On the morning of March 19, 2006, the kite community lost one of its patriarchs, Robert Stevenson Price of Burtonsville, Maryland, to pancreatic cancer at age 83. He had suffered from diabetes for several years, but still managed to attend 26 of 28 annual American Kitefliers Association conventions, including the most recent one last October […]

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