My name's Tim Parish, and I have a degree of interest in just about all things that fly. Ever since childhood in fact. It all started with a Primary (Elementary) School book about the Wright brothers and their Flyer.
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From there, I took an interest in all kinds of flying hobbies. Paper planes, small balsa wood gliders, home-made plastic diamond kites, shop-bought Indian kites and probably other stuff I've forgotten. Then I moved up to balsa and tissue models, control line models and eventually radio-controlled aircraft. A mixture of powered and un-powered model aircraft.
That was the modeling side. Full size flying also seemed very inviting, so I saved up some money as a teenager and went flying with the local gliding club. Soloed at age 15, while we were living in Alice Springs. The 'Red Centre' as tourism brochures like to call that area of Australia.
Eventually, that led to becoming a fully qualified
gliding instructor with the Adelaide University gliding club in South
Australia. Lots of hours in the back seat of various 2-seaters.
Since then, I have dabbled in paragliding, hang gliding and flight simulation as well.
still live in Adelaide. Now with a wife and young son who features in
some of the pics on this site. Small kids grow up so quick, don't they.
Various pages have documented his growth quite well!
Do you have any kite-related question or problem you need answered? Ask me now if you like! I can usually publish the answer or get back to you via email within 24 hours.
While writing this, an interesting thought came to me. Four other flying activities besides actual kite flying involve kiting a flying object up into the air. They are...
So maybe I did more kiting than I realized!
Flying kites, in particular, was a fairly small part of my overall flying experiences. So why start a kite site? Well, besides embarking on an adventure of designing and flying ever-more kites for the sheer love of it, there's a business side to it too. Old computer programmers don't get work offers thrown at them ;-) so they have to make a living somehow...
I found a system called Site Build It which offered to help anyone build out a high-traffic website, then make money from it. A 'Get Rich Slowly' scheme in effect. Very, very different from all the usual 'Make Money' ads you tend to see popping up online.
After 6 years, this site is certainly pulling in the traffic, with a 4-digit number of daily visitors. And that number continues to grow substantially each year. The increase in 2012 was double the increase of any other year. The income is coming up too, and is covering many bills. One day, we'll be self-sufficient! That's the dream.
It all started with a 5 dollar Baby Sled kite and a tiny Delta made from clear plastic and 4 thin bamboo BBQ skewers. It's come a long way from there, with the help of many other keen kite fliers from around the world who have contributed to this site.
We hope you find the information you are looking for, here. Maybe even get inspired to take up some form of kite flying. Or if you're already into it, perhaps trying some new type of kite! Possibly the best 'thank-you' is to buy an eBook ;-)
Keep 'em out of the trees...
Our local church, and I'll let the website of this large 21st Century gathering of believers speak for itself...
My first website, which still gets the occasional update...
Last updated: 7 Jul 2012
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"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world.
Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."
"30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.
Your instructions and methods are wonderful. You help the builder to focus on accuracy, without making it hard. Also, you use materials that are durable, yet cheap!"
"omg i made a kite from this site and i fly it ....... booom i didnt expect this bc in the other sites instuction are trash
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