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  4. I actually fly very often where I can physically see the runway. I fly probably 1500 ft from it. I do have rules I have to follow. I have a hard ceiling of 100ft for my kites. (it's actually 125 feet but I stay well below that to be extra safe.) I've been questioned a few times but as soon as I tell them my line length and show knowledge of the rules and a sense of responsibility, they leave me be. Once they even asked if they could try.. Again, if you aren't in line with the runway and you aren't distracting pilots during critical landing and take off operations, you are probably going to be just fine. If you do get confronted, please don't make a scene, just politely ask for the local policy and follow the guidance provided. Very rarely are you going to be hit with the FAA reg unless you are causing an issue or pressing a bad situation. The Kitty Hawk airport is just over the trees on the right side of the picture.. Coincidentally in this video I'm flying less than 500ft from the very first runway. FWIW, I did ask permission to fly at my regular spot (not Kitty Hawk).
  5. That was my point.. you have to drive for miles outside of a city if you want to conform to this law. In my state there are plenty of little regional airports spread about too making even that difficult. Who is going to make a day trip just to fly a kite? I have a school with a double sized field right across the street from me, I won't go any farther than that. Other people fly kites there too (obliviously I'm sure). Did you actually check a map and measure though? That 5 mile radius is significant. This is my point, everywhere you thought it was okay probably isn't according to this stupid FAA rule. Wow, 17?! That's nuts. I thought the 6 my city had seemed like a lot. They perfectly box in the city limits. Its a conspiracy against kite fliers I tell you! 😉 I don't live in London, BTW.. was just referring to a recent issue they were dealing with. I haven't seen a US airport close yet due to drone threats..
  6. I live in the Chicago area with 17 municipal, county and international airports in the area and have absolutely no problem finding fields that are much further than 5 miles from any of them. It's probably because you live there instead of here that you're having that problem. 🙂
  7. Permission? I doubt even .01 percent of kite fliers bother with that, if anybody at all. I sure don't, do you? But yeah, avoiding a flight corridor is just common sense, just like ignoring an idiotic draconian rule that is tantamount to saying "Let's just say you can't do this anywhere! That solves OUR problem." That London issue, who ever they were was purposely trying to cause a drone/aircraft collision and they were doing it for months. I think that's beyond the definition of irresponsible.
  8. As long as you are responsible, not flying high altitude, and not in line with the runway, you can usually get permission. Know the approach patterns and avoid being a hazard. One person CAN ruin it for everyone. In a parallel conversation, look at how Drones are being scrutinized now due to some irresponsible pilots.
  9. An FAA rule says you can't fly a kite 5 miles from an airport boundary. Well, its almost impossible to find a spot of land that isn't within 5 miles of an airport. This is certainly the case in all major cities. Just for shits I hopped on kitemap.org.. you know, the repository for "best" places to fly and they listed three locations in my city and 2 were within half that 5 mile limit and the 3rd would still not comply if you took literally the FAA's definition of this going right up the edge of the airports property as the starting point to start measuring. (in other words... was exactly 5 miles up the airport boundary) So being curious I just picked another couple cities at random and all the locations listed there too were within 5 miles. A lot weren't even a mile. So it was 0-12 on best places to fly a kite conforming to FAA regulations. I have little doubt it would be the same if I kept looking. It would be interesting to get an airport map of the US... Not that I give a sh*t, just pointing out the idiocy with the levels of bureaucracy in this country.
  10. some kites are just happier on longer lines, the Zen and Dave's indoor AUA come to mind immediately, both love those lengths outside. 120's on 50 pound, so your window is bigger and you have time to really show what that darn thing can do! Indoors? I like lines as long as possible there too, w/o touching the ceiling or any nearby objects, 28 to 30 feet
  11. Sounds like something John Chilese would do. Just wild speculation!
  12. Hello @LaKobe1, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
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  14. Just a little bg info on myself... I have recently taken interest in kites. I have been flying rc helicopters as a team pilot for a decade and love all things that fly! I've been aware of kiting for a few years, but given the cost of my main hobby, I could never swing a quad line kite. That changed last summer when I had a 20% off coupon for a Rev. I got the kite and tried to fly it once or twice and found line management to be troublesome. I put it away for the winter and grabbed it when heading to west coast MI this June. I still struggled with the lines and varying wind conditions, but with the support of the community I'm feeling motivated to stick with it this time. See you at the beach and many great flights to you all! Cullen
  15. Hi, I'm an italian living in Spain. I fly my kites on the beach of Sagunto, near Valencia. I'm trying to learn some freestyle trick and after buying an eolo Neox the first trick I learned was... to fix the damages of the first flight! Enviado desde mi ALE-L21 mediante Tapatalk
  16. Around 1964 - 1965 age 3 to 4 years old, a Jolly Green Giant diamond kite. that we got from a tin cup label. We flew the kite so high and that lost the kite in a canyon, behind are old house in San Diego. .
  17. My first kite was a New Tech Fire Cracker. I still have it. Is probably 16 years old. I still enjoy flying it. I couldn't afford a NTK Firestorm at the time so I got the Fire Cracker. It's been a good kite and have let many youngsters fly it.
  18. My first kite was a red/white and blue diamond that came with a Hi-Flyer winder.. was a really cool winder for its day 50 years ago. A favorite that stands out was a white delta with big eyes on it. Then there was time I put a thread on the legs of a cicada named Max...
  19. Yea, I really enjoyed trying to fly that night and taking your pix.
  20. Next episode of my series is now on Youtube. Flying my new Ozone Chrono V2 Ultralight 18m with Zeeko Aluminium Foil. Link takes you to the video on Youtube, enjoy and let me know what you think! Foil Board progress in Qatar
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