Our 'Child Flying Kite' pictures cover only a few years. However, he can say he has been flying kites nearly all his life!
Browsing through our archive of kite flying pictures, there were a number that featured our small son, Aren. He was still shorter than most of his friends in mid-2011, but could well out-grow his Dad eventually. Which won't take a lot of doing... In any case, I hope he retains his love of kite flying!
The images did bring back a few memories, so I've captioned each shot with a comment or 2. See how he graduates from waving around a small Sled kite while sitting down, through to hanging on to some of our much bigger Dowel kites. Hope you enjoy them.
Oh, by the way, I have deliberately avoided re-using existing photos from this site. Almost all 'child flying kite' images on this page have not been previously published on this website.
Yes, that's little Aren down there, towing the MBK Tiny Tots Diamond on a cool winter day. He was about 2 1/2 years old.
In April 2007, we took him outside for a short photo-session with the Baby Sled. We had bought him this kite at the Adelaide International Kite Festival, in March 2007. Cuteness personified. Aren, that is, although the kite's not bad either!
By October 2007, we had bought the Windjam Delta. In those days, not
knowing any better, we flew it on fishing line. Winds were light on this
sunny day, and Aren had no trouble hanging on as the 1 meter Delta
hovered around 200 feet up.
A little later in October, we had made a small Diamond for Aren. Later I simplified this design when I published the Tiny Tots Diamond page.
Here's Aren, barely capable of standing and flying a kite. He was very cute, and shortly after this shot was taken, he trotted off downwind, still clutching the line as the kite soared up higher in a gust of wind.
In April 2008, we snapped this shot of the little tacker flying the 1-Skewer Delta from the comfort of his pram! During this year he flew kites like this on quite a few occasions. Often the kite was a 2-Skewer design, for example the 2-Skewer Sode.
In July 2008 I took this shot of Aren flying the 1-Skewer Diamond from his pram. Of course, he had to crane his neck around, trying to see what I was up to, behind the pram! An unintended pose, but this child flying kite picture works quite well don't you think?
September 2008. Working the line a bit, with the 2-Skewer Delta down a little low by the looks of it! He looks like he's really enjoying himself here. No longer a human kite line anchor, he's a real little kite-flier now!
In April 2009, we were out test-flying the new Dowel Rokkaku. The wind was very light, so I allowed Aren to fly it for a few moments while I took the photo. Just look at that steep line angle!
However, we were at the rather small vacant block at the top of our street and so had only 15 or 20 meters of line out. This Rok has a wing span of 1.2 meters (4 feet).
Another Rok... This is February 2010. Aren is casually flying the efficient little 2-Skewer Rokkaku, in ideal wind conditions.
A fairly big Diamond this time, in March 2010. Aren is letting it climb away slowly in very light air.
It doesn't take much to get this kite airborne, and it will even go overhead if there is any rising air around. It's pull is light enough for most 'child flying kite' scenarios, even as wind strength creeps into the moderate range.
Here he is hanging on to the Dowel Barn Door in August 2010. The kite was above 200 feet at the time so I didn't bother trying to get it in the picture.
Aren seems to be concentrating on his task! He has left the winder, with plenty of 50 pound Dacron still on it, on the grass behind him.
Here is Aren doing his best to keep the little 1-Skewer Sode in the air. The breeze was light and quite turbulent due to a grove of trees just upwind of us. However, I wanted to get the kite in this 'child flying kite' shot, so brought it down low before handing over to Aren.
This was in December 2010. The tiny Sode really needs that long tail, which probably disgusts any Japanese kite masters reading this page...
This photo was taken more or less facing the sun, so the tiny 1-Skewer Roller is well-lit from behind, but Aren is just a dark shadow.
The kite is dancing around on at least 30 meters (100 feet) of 20 pound Dacron line. At the time, we were on the lawns at Semaphore while attending the Adelaide International Kite Festival in March 2011.
Somehow Aren's left eye is fairly prominent in this shot, adding some interest to the middle of the photo. We were testing out a 1-Skewer Dopero at the time, in a moderate breeze. In a small gravel car park.
Tiny kites don't require much space to fly. This was the third version of this design that we built as part of a general update of the 1-Skewer kite pages on this site. Sometime in September 2011.
The breeze was a bit much for the venerable Baby Sled on this occasion, forcing it down low for much of the time. But Aren had fun giving it a whirl for old-time's sake! This was taken in January 2012.
If you scroll back up this page, you can see Aren as a toddler playing with this kite. It's the very first photo. The very first flight reports added to this site featured this same little kite.
Hope you enjoyed these 'child flying kite' pictures! No doubt we'll still update this page a few times in future.If you have a small child of your own, something like this Teddy Sled kite on Amazon would provide plenty of fun in light breezes. Particularly down at the beach where the winds tend to be smoother.
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Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM
This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...
In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.
It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.
Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.
A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.
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