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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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New LKS

So my nearest big time kite store was too far to go to very often.  There is now a nice kite in a store nearby.  Might never sell but that's okay too.  SHBKF

SHBKF

SHBKF

 

Support your LKS

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

SHBKF

SHBKF

 

Carbon Tubing Dynamic Response Test

Summary: A static deflection test was previously performed on several carbon tubes allowing them to be compared based solely on “stiffness”, or the “spring constant” for each tube.  A link to the discussion can be found here: http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/7329-carbon-tubing-comparison/ Experienced Rev fliers have responded with comments regarding the “reflex”, or response of the carbon tube frame being more important than the “stiffness” or weight of the frame.  Experience

SegelFlieger

SegelFlieger

 

Winter Solstice

This small dragon kite was purchased at the 2014 Lotto International Kite Festival in Oostende, Belgium. Yesterday was the first time it flew in America. Enjoy the Winter Solstice, everyone!

Flynhi

Flynhi

 

The Meaning of a Field or The Long Session of Memories

Sun Oct 16 18:26:55 CEST 2016 GF forecasted 4m/s Hydra on 20m 38kg and 25m 38kg lines Kymera in 25m 38Kg lines This blog entry blobbed and expanded and wouldn't fit into the "chunky log" format any longer, so therefore I broke it out from that log. Although KL is a forum for kiting, kiting always takes place in some kind of a context. In this blog entry I have started from the field and from what I saw and allowed myself to associate memories in one or several steps. It also serves as

Exult

Exult

 

December in the Desert

I hope all of you enjoyed 2016 thus far. We have a lot to look forward to in 2017. This month will bring very little wind and lots of sunshine. More content is on the way. Here is a 4k version of the instagram video:   

Flynhi

Flynhi

 

B2 Thanksgiving

Once or twice a month the winds will be enough to break out the B2 Mid vent, Thanksgiving weather was ideal. Arizona is great for winter flying. The dandelions are racing through the skies. Click here for a 4K version of the Instagram video:   

Flynhi

Flynhi

 

Virtual Freestyle Practice, New Camera, and "Push Axels"

Phew, it has been busy these past couple weeks. Changing weather and a bad flu really cut into my flying but I've still managed to get out a bit!. I've been trying to accomplish four things while on the field: 1) Fractured Axel practice. I'd like to get much more consistent with them which I think involves two things. First is to make sure the kit is in the middle of the axle before pulling for the fade. I can do this in the middle of the window, but I miss most attempts when trying this ne

Happyspoon

Happyspoon

 

Seasons

Today provided great rain (0.05 in), cool air (65 F), and a bit of wind (6-22 MPH). Kite control is coming more naturally. The next step is to tame arm movement. The zooming in and out edits on this video make me a bit dizzy. Does anyone else experience this?

Flynhi

Flynhi

 

Enjoy Autumn

(This video is only view-able through this blog entry, or by sharing this link: https://youtu.be/2-WtSRIEUU0 ) Flying has brought nothing but joy and inspiration in the past year. Tracking the weather while outdoors is good for the spirit. The November sun brings plenty of heat to the valley. We wait for the skies to send a few good breezes. Enjoy Autumn!

Flynhi

Flynhi

 

Bridle Adjustments, Wow (featuring, new green quantum)

Just a short post to talk about getting a new kite! I found a green prism quantum on craigslist while away for work for $60  The owner said it had been flown once but everything seemed brand new including the lines so I'm guessing it was just opened up once or twice indoors. I took it out yesterday and this morning, and it flies great.  Interestingly, when flipping through the manual I found out that you can tune the lower yokes on the bridle for "radical" or "forgiving" flight. Both quantu

Happyspoon

Happyspoon

 

October Check-In

The last month has been interesting for kiting! The weather continues to worsen and I find myself having to be much better prepared to go fly. Compared to last fall as a non-kiter I’m now much more sensitive to weather! I didn’t realize how gusty the winds get once summer ends. The erratic rain is less of a problem (at least for the kite), but it isn’t super satisfying to come home soaking wet J. Worth it though, and nothing a raincoat can’t solve. I’ve also moved from walking to the point into

Happyspoon

Happyspoon

 

Fall 2016 is HERE

Fall weather in PHX - 96 F / 72 F with very little wind. B series standard is great for these conditions. Progress is slow and steady. Next step is leading with the brakes. Nothing but great weather for the next 7 months.

Flynhi

Flynhi

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