Cover Story: New Zealand 1990, the southern hemisphere’s biggest kite event, text and photos by Simon Freidin. Features: George Peters at the Australia On A String International Kite Festival; kites in symbolic flight over Germany, by Axel Voss, Jörg Kopec and Michael Steltzer; Jon Burkhardt at the Anglo-Japanese Festival of the Air, in Washington, Tyne & Wear, England; advice on safe kiteflying from Marten Bondestam. Departments: Letter from the Staff: a thank-you on the great kite survey response; What’s New: Kites: the Peter Lynn Manta Ray, Swept Wing Box (Cottrell design) by Martin Lester, the Omega Star from Reza Ragheb, the Tomoe Rokkaku from Windborne Kites and the Kaleidoscope Box from Greens of Burnley; What’s New: Books: Fighter Kites by Gallot, Kiteworks by Eden, Te Manu Tukutuku: A Study of the Maori Kite by Maysmor and books in brief-More Kites for Everyone by Greger, Progetti di Volo (Flying Designs) by Diotallevi, The High-Flying World of Kites by Paprocki, Windspiele (Windplay) by Käflein and Jancke and Sefer Ha’afifonim (The Kite Book) by Lederer and Revzen; Design Workshop: the Gale Master parachute stunter by Joel Scholz; Tips & Techniques: ways to fly flags from kite lines, by Bernie Spalding, Dick Rein and Mel Semler; Stunt Diary: Mel Govig on compulsory flight patterns and Roger Chewning on the Mid-Atlantic Stunt Kite Championships; Kitechnology: Peter Lynn on kiting’s future (plus rugby blackout episode) by Simon Freidin; In the Wind: kites on display in Western Australia, and other news, rumors and miscellany; Profiles: Bobby Stanfield by Valerie Govig; For the Record: the world’s largest kite visits the Washington State International Kite Festival and tips on flying the big ones, a Frontier F-1 record in Texas, and altitude mark en route from Honolulu to San Francisco and an ice-traction claim in Minnesota; Empty Spaces in the Sky: Elma Mots and Frank J. Quin; Best Of Show: the No. 9 kite by Pierre Fabre, photo by Catherine Totems.
Scott Skinner of Monument, Colorado is a master at piecing ripstop and getting it to fly. This parafoil is one of his many precision-crafted airborne eye-foolers. Scott and his kite were photographed by Simon Freidin at the 1990 New Zealand International Kite Festival.