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The synapse is a great start. My first kite was a synapse 200 still have it, was very easy to learn on and progress to bigger things! It will be helpful to have someone help you launch at first. Real simple design and can take a beating
Full marks for"distal". You in the medical profession, or aeronautics?
I don't have any commercially produced flat kites but I have been making some simple small kites recently. This one is a diamond with the spine and spar of equal length, crossing 25% of the way down the spine. There is a single point bridle at the intersection. The sail is brown paper so it is completely windproof.
With a heavy tail and strong wind, the kite "nods vigorously" oscillating about the axis of the horizontal spar.
In a light wind, as today, it "shakes its head vigorously", oscillating about the axis of its spine.