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Issue 69: From the Editor

As we start heading into the wetter months here in Oregon, I’m looking forward to visiting some warmer climates as the new years rolls around, starting with events in Primm (NV) and South Padre Island (TX) in January… I am proud to say however, that I won’t be going it alone any longer as Takako […]

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Issue 69: Kites… Life.

When i started flying in 1990 at the age of 15, I commonly pored over the pages of American Kite Magazine and Stunt Kite Quarterly following the exploits of my favorites pilots of the era such as Scott Aughenbaugh, Lee Sedgwick, Ron Reich and Miguel Rodriguez, all the while daydreaming about following in their footsteps […]

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Issue 69: AKA Corner

Before telling you about the current status of the AKA, I’d like to thank Kitelife for making space available to the AKA in every issue since the very first one. Richard Dermer was the president back in 1998. Since then Adam Grow, David Gomberg, Susan Skinner and Gary Engvall have each stopped in or found […]

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Issue 69: Dave’s World – Rochester, A Personal Point of View

I have to admit it. Writing up the AKA Convention is always hard for me. There are six full days of flying, workshops, competition, meetings and fund raisers. There is the chance to see old friends and meet new ones. There are awards and recognition for just about everything. And there is political intrigue — […]

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Issue 69: Dave’s World: Flying a Perfect Pilot Parafoil

September 1, 2009 We often get questions about the Pilot Parafoil. Why don’t they fly straight right out of the bag? Why do they start to lean? How do we make adjustments?? I’ll take a stab at answering the same questions later in this Update. But for those of you interested in both the art […]

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Issue 69: News Reel

China’s eco-friendly kites: BEIJING – Plastic bags, the scourge of the environment, are flying high in Beijing, thanks to retired engineer 71-year-old Han Fushan who finds an environmentally friendly way to create his artwork. He is turning the waste into colorful kites. Video – Click here for the full story at China Daily, opens […]

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Issue 69: Kite Comics

This issue marks the second set of kite cartoons we’ve had made for Kitelife Magazine, courtesy of Dan Thompson (Funny Cartoonist)… These two were just made “off the cuff”, but we’d like to start sending Dan some photos for inspiration now and then, photos which might aptly display some of the humorous situations we sometimes […]

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Issue 69: REVisions – The Zen of Rev Flying!

Christmas came a wee bit early for 100s of Revolution flyers this year. On November 24th (2 days earlier than I expected honestly!), Revolution Kites officially released the Revolution Zen, a new kite developed by Barry Poulter and John Barresi over the last year. Designed from the start to be the ultimate low wind Rev, […]

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Issue 69: Outstanding Fields – Iles de la Madeleine

There is no place on earth better than the Iles de la Madeleine for kiting If you are planning your next vacation and looking for a place to go kiting, then you may want to consider going to les Îles de la Madeleine a veritable paradise for wind sports enthusiasts. No matter which direction the […]

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Issue 69: St Elmo’s Fire

Saint Elmo’s fire n. [St. Elmo (Erasmus) bishop and patron saintof sailors]: a flaming phenomenon sometimes seen in stormy weather at prominent points a ll an airplane or ship and on land that is of the nature of a brush discharge of electricity– called also St. Elmo’s light. … But from my own experience, I […]

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