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makatakam

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About makatakam

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  • Birthday 04/10/1951

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    revs, other quads
  • Flying Since
    2009
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    Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois
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    United States
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    fishing, fossils, kites
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  1. I hate to burst your bubble, but the goal posts are hollow pretty much their entire length.
  2. You hit a key requirement there -- time on the lines. There's no substitute unless you're a natural. Even the best of flyers only top out around 95% intentional moves if they're not in laboratory-grade wind, and in crappy wind it's more like 70%, so it appears that your ability is doing fine and right on schedule.
  3. Hi, sniperdog, and welcome to the forum.
  4. I'm on PC, but I can imagine it on a phone. But it's ok -- it paraphrases a lot of the stuff we have all gone through and serves to tighten the bond among members of the community by reminding us of shared experiences. It's all good.
  5. Depending on how often you can get out to fly, the time it takes to gain basic control of the kite, which means no more crashing, can be multiplied by three and that's about how long it will take until you can feel the changes that subtle adjustments make to how the kite flies. For some people that's three years; for others it's three weeks. It all depends on how much time you put in on the handles. Of course, some are "naturals" and it just clicks for them. For most folks who get out to fly frequently it takes about two seasons to get to the point where you understand the how and why of what makes it work. To put it simply, there are three stages of flying a kite, whether it is single, dual or quad line: 1. The kite flies you. 2. You fly the kite. 3. Both of you fly as one. Most people never get to the third stage, or only feel it briefly in certain circumstances when everything is ideal, including mindset. Watch videos of the pros flying. It's easy to see that they are somewhere else mentally and no longer have to think before making a move. It's difficult to explain, a Zen-like state that you will only understand when you've felt it. If you stay with it long enough it will happen, and the desire to have it happen again is what will keep you in kiting. It is an addiction to bliss.
  6. I live in the Chicago area -- "The Windy City"! Unfortunately, that's a reference to its politics and not the weather. Really, Google it. The wind we do get is at best inconsistent away from Lake Michigan, and most of the time is choppy just as yours is. This is the wind I learned in. The best advice I can give you is to embrace it and learn to fly well in it, for when you fly afterwards with others in decent wind you will look like a pro. If you can fly in bad wind the good wind becomes very easy. It will help teach you how to stay airborne when most others are grounded. It may take a bit longer to learn, but you will be much better for it, and the satisfaction is much greater when you do fly in good wind.
  7. Hi, @Buellbloke and welcome to the forum. Glad that you enjoy the quads and kite flying in general.
  8. Simple advice for beginning pilots so that the kite is slowed down in strong wind and the pilot struggles less in lighter wind. Notice I said lighter wind, meaning still well above the lower end of the kite's range. Once it's down in that lower end of the kite's range a beginning pilot has little chance of getting airborne and staying there. As the pilot gains experience and control we start talking about squaring the sail to the wind and how tipping the nose will affect performance. You can kick in drive with a dual, but it is less effective the further back the nose is tipped.
  9. Yes, I was definitely thinking of mandrels and ovens and such. I have had "parts" for various projects machined for me and on small batches the cost per unit is very steep. I have four custom endcap sets for Revs that fit inside the spar that were CNC'd that cost about $90 per set/6.
  10. The initial setup cost would exceed the cost of 12 complete quad frames, and that's just one size of tube. Unless I was planning to go into commercial manufacture there's no reason to do so. It would be like building your own textile mill so you can make some Icarex sail material.
  11. This is one thing you can count on to be a constant for as long as you fly kites. It is what gives kite flyers' lives great stability. 😀
  12. Your kite will fly faster on shorter lines because of reduced drag. The kite pulls less line along with itself. Any time you decrease drag you increase speed -- not always noticeably, depending on how long the lines were originally and by what percentage the length was shortened. If you want to give yourself more time to give the kite control inputs, lengthen the line to 1.5 times the original length. This will reduce its speed by 20 to 25 percent, depending on a few other factors that also influence performance.
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