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About basicbill

  • Birthday 05/24/1952

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Revolution B-Series Pro Mid-vent
  • Flying Since
    On and off since 1960. Back into it heavy since April 2014.
  • Location
    St. Charles, Illinois
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    Aviation, photography, videography, kite flying, disc golf
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  1. Flew my Rev B-Pro mid-vent today. https://www.flickr.com/gp/basicbill/6536H8 Bill
  2. I agree. And every 5 minutes or so when a thermal gust wafted through it was very easy flying. But otherwise there was virtually no wind.
  3. Yep that's exactly what I was doing. Flip it over and let it glide away. I have great control of it as I follow the kite while gaining ground. It's actually quite fun.
  4. 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.
  5. Some nice weather and participation for a quickly put together meeting in Pontiac, Illinois. More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1021888567902282/
  6. Just ordered a couple of sets. Although I can't yet replace the leaders that John personally tied for me when he passed through our area in Fall of 2014. During my Rev rookie season. Bill
  7. Steve Anderson, one of my fellow Illinois Kite Enthusiast (IKE) members, posted online that he hoped to get out and fly with a few fellow members over the weekend. Steve is a member of the 180GO! Revolution kite flying team. So when he wants to fly I try to participate. Because I learn a whole bunch from him. As it turned out on this 45 degree day it was only Steve and myself. Steve had recently participated in the local UMake kite building workshop. And had his newly made Swallowtail Delta ready for its maiden flight. I arrived at the flying field early and assembled my mid-vent B Pro Rev. Flew a bit until Steve showed. I was then able to document his new kite's final assembly and first launch. He then assembled his Shook Mesh and we spent about an hour flying. Including what we refer to around here as our leisurely "DuKane" (DuPage and Kane County) style. That is while leaned back in our portable folding chairs. (My wife, Karen showed up to grab these photos.) I'm looking forward to the rest of the 2016 kite flying season. This will be my second full summer flying Revs. Last summer I had two goals. To fly with my arms held lower and to perfect my downward turns while near the ground. Mission accomplished on both. In fact I hardly turn upward at all anymore. This year I hope to get in more team flying. Concentrate on some of my position holding skills in the ball. And speed control while following in line. Also to work on bicycle spins. Plus all the other good stuff. Bill
  8. I use Tapatalk for several forums. So, quite frankly, I would not be interested in a dedicated Kitelife app. The issue here with the no refresh using Tapatalk unless it's accomplished manually is no big thing to me. Bill
  9. I am also. Exact same behavior. Android Tapatalk. Bill
  10. From this year's IKE Retreat. http://www.ikeclub.org/Forums/download/file.php?id=1181 Bill
  11. Looks like mid-vent winds to me. Bill A happy standard, mid-vent and full-vent owner.
  12. That's interesting. I find inverted slides to be much easier. I too sometimes pull too much brake when moving backwards. Someone told me recently (JB?) to just think about making the kite move in reverse. That's about the right amount of control input. Bill
  13. How about practicing slides. Both inverted and upright. Moving ever closer to the ground as your skills improve. Eventually traveling from one edge of the wind window to the other and back. Bill
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