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  • Exult

    Learning from flying in unfamiliar or non-ideal situations

    By Exult

    When being removed from your comfort flying zone you might get new experiences that you couldn't imagine or predict. This blog entry is also a vacation post card from the medieval city (in the sense that ruins and buildings from that time still exist) of Visby ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visby ) in the island of Gotland ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotland ) in the Baltic Sea as well as an example of how flying during new and non-ideal conditions turned out to be educational, fun and very
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  • SHBKF

    Support your LKS

    By SHBKF

    Support your LKS   I started reading the kite forums with some intensity over four years ago.  I had used computers for many years even back before the days of the WWW.  It has been quite awhile since I’ve seen that initialism used in any context.  I had previously been on a few forums of interest but I was really fired up wanting to learn anything kites.   I saw mention of an initialism LKS, Local Kite Store.  Out here in the mountains of western Virginia there was no such thing.  Maybe
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We've Been Invaded

The NC State Parks System turned 100 years old this year.  Fort Macon State Park, our local kite flying field, had a huge celebration by re-creating the Siege of Fort Macon.  The re-enactors were everywhere, including where we usually fly.  They enjoyed watching us fly kites and we appreciated the work they put into the re-enactment.  It made for a special weekend for all. We've Been Invaded 

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10th Annual Morro Bay Kite Festival (2016)

The 10th Annual Morro Bay Kite Festival, organized by Shaun Farmer of Farmer's Kites and Surreys, was held on April 23-24, 2016.   Friday morning, I picked up Penny Lingenfelter from the airport, and we headed south for Morro Bay.  As we were driving through Gilroy, we were hit by a huge downpour where I could barely see out the windshield.  What is it with rain and kite trips this year?  At least it has only been during the driving days and not the flying days.  We arrived in Morro Ba

dragonfish

dragonfish

 

The Earth Day Celebration

The Carolina Kite Club was asked to put some color in the sky for the Earth Day Celebration at Fort Macon State Park.  Unfortunately, strong winds made it unwise and unsafe to fly kites on the beach that day.  Although some did try.   The Earth Day Celebration

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Solo Rev Fly - Light Wind

Not much wind today. But it was so pleasant out that I just had to fly. This is my lightest wind Rev. With a set of diamond rods in it. Flew it on 80 foot lines.  In the thermal gusts the wind went up to about 8 mph. Otherwise it was light and variable. Good day for that slow backwards walk then floating forward to gain ground. 

basicbill

basicbill

 

Seeking Nirvana

Reading the forums & watching videos you eventually notice that some kites have achieved an almost mythic reputation.  But there are those that dismiss them too.  Kite fashion moves on to the next latest greatest kite.  But still you wonder about these special ones.   The RSky Nirvana is one of those kites.  New ones are pricey & used ones don't seem to be sold often.  But somehow I wound up with one described as a SUL.  I believe it is called a Nirvana WW.  Didn't know what that stood f

SHBKF

SHBKF

 

Playing Catch-Up III

At last, I'm finally caught up with our flying days.  And with the new additions to our kite bags.  Yes, I said new additions.  Take a look and enjoy. Playing Catch-Up III

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