Flying Kites

Kite Loss Stories Plus Much More

Anyone who's been out flying kites will have a story or 2 to tell. Particularly, it seems, if a favorite kite managed to find it's freedom! Also, in this age of cheap and convenient digital photography, plenty of good kite imagery has been taken. Some of it ends up on-line, on sites like this one.

Flying kites is fun but when it isn't there's often a good story to tell!

Feel like typing something in right now? You can do that in the next section down there on this page. Within 24 hours you'll see your story pop up in the site blog page, which is under that what's new! link. Near the top left of this page, or touch the navigation button if mobile.

Anything less than about 300 words just gets deleted. Don't be offended - please try again and rave on for a while!

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After a few weeks, your story will end up under one of the several categories below, as a permanent page on this site.

There's a few real gems to be found amongst the tales of flying kites and photos people have already added to this site...





What's YOUR Best Kite?

For many of us here, it's usually the last one we've made. But it might also be the last one you've bought.

If you've been flying something amazing recently, why not type in a few paragraphs about it here. Mention any details you think other kite fanciers might be interested in - you might get some comments!

It's time to show off your latest project or purchase :-)

Please enter a short title - what's your story all about?

Recent Stories Left By Other Visitors

Click below to read the stories and see photos from other kiting enthusiasts...

The Child is Father of the Man 
What is my best kite? The stunt I had in the 70's? The one my two little daughters found flying in the 90's on its own, the last foot of line wedged between …

A Manx Kite 
The name 'Manx' is from the language of the Isle of Man, which is the name of an island off the west coast of England. It is a beautiful place, with its …

Adelaide Kite Flyers
February kite fly
 
Sunday 9th February dawned windy and stayed that way all day. On the beach you could stay there for one hour or two and save on your ? weekly ? monthly …

Favourite Delta Flyer 
Greetings. This past Christmas, I received a kite as a present. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to handle a kite that size being that I had only …

Repairing The Beetle Kite 
I found two small, two string kites in the trash. They were both broken yet hardly used. On both of them the plastic grommets that hold the cross bar were …

French Box Kite: down into Lake Ontario 
A home-made yellow 2M (6'6") span modified French military box flew reliably and extremely well. With a NW wind blowing from the land I flew it up and …

Knot what it seemed 
I had bought some new kite line and wanted to add to it, so I spliced two sections together thinking I had made a good knot. I was out flying the kite …

Delta and Box Kites together 
I was flying my Tim Parish dowel delta the other day with some winds that almost didn't exist close to the ground. Once it got up to over a 100' it took …

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This site has been collecting these real-life kiting stories and photos for some years now. Mainly single-line stuff, since this site reflects my personal preference for flying kites on one line. However, contributions from multi-line fliers are more than welcome!

The 4 sections below group all the older contributions together by category. Enjoy...





Kite Loss Stories

Kite-loss stories! Oh yes, but don't laugh too hard. Something similar just might happen to you one day.

You couldn't make this stuff up, honestly. Like the self-destructing dowel-and-plastic light-wind kites tearing up the sky during a much-too-windy day at an Austrian kite festival. And then the last one managed to take out a couple of exquisite (and expensive) retail kites, sending them into the Blue Danube. But you've got to read the whole thing, it's quite a yarn!

Or, how about a young lad, many decades ago, managing to lose his box kite into an air intake on a landing military aircraft. I kid you not.

Can you top any of this? We're waiting for 'the next great story'. It has to have that ring of truth to it though.





Kite-flying Or Kite-making Stories

All the other single-liner stories, but there are still some nice ones in here.

I guess the key-word here is variety. From night-flights to snowy-weather flights into cloud, to high-altitude excursions over sea-water, to Sunday School outings. I don't think any 2 stories here are remotely like each other.

If you're into flying kites, do yourself a favor and read some of these. Do us all a favor and contribute something yourself :-)





Pictures Of Kites

A whole range of amateur kite photography on show. Mainly single-surface single-liners - but there are some magnificent exceptions!

An amazing home-built 3D Dragon kite.

Many of these photos are just plain spectacular! In most cases, that means physically big kite.

For example, there's a monster Butterfly from some enthusiasts in the Czech Republic, Europe. Also, an incredible 3D Dragon from England (see left) and an interesting large design from the Ahmadabad International Kite Festival in India.

Drop in here for a truly international selection of kite photos!





Stunt Kite Stories

Stunt kite stories is a new category. Designed to collect reports of incidents or other interesting happenings either during a sport kite's flight or perhaps at its abrupt termination!

There's not much in there right now. But there's so much sport kite flying going on out there, it's just a matter of time. Maybe 2 or 3 of my regular contributors could help me out here, to get things moving... Thanks in advance!





Aerial Kite Photography

Kite aerial photography is another new category. This is for anyone who has ever hoisted a camera with the aid of a kite, or would like to view the results of doing that. If you have ever obtained an intriguing result, this is where you can upload it for the rest of us to see and think 'I wish I took that!'

It seems that everyone has their own spin on flying kites to get a different photographic perspective on our surroundings. Some of the results are really intriguing, whether obtained with a featherweight camera and ice-cube shutter release, or the latest concepts in radio-controlled KAP rigs.

Tell us all about your own methods and gear, and back it all up by posting some photos! Different people will be keen to read about different aspects - the kite, the KAP rig, the photo subject or even all 3.

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For single-line kite fliers and builders, it's always been a good read. But if you are interested in KAP and/or large home-made kites you won't want to miss it!

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  1. Flight Report:
    KAP Mystery Solved

    Aug 25, 14 03:57 AM

    Last week I came home from a KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) session down at Brighton beach, here in Adelaide, South Australia. The photos were a disaster, being totally washed out. Over-exposed, to be a little more technical. At the time I thought the problem was purely the position of the sun, relative to the direction of the camera...

    Well guess what. Down at the same beach today, the photos had the same problem - and this time it definitely wasn't the sun. Camera damage seemed a small possibility since the rig had hit the sand at some speed last time, during a white-knuckle experience with the kite in rough air! Which turned out OK, but that's another story.

    Anyway, once back home today, I did a little investigating with the camera, taking some test pictures from the back yard. It was a great relief to find the explanation for the bad images...

    It seems that setting a fixed ISO is not a good idea for this camera in very bright lighting conditions. It can cause the camera to run out of adjustment room for other parameters, like shutter speed or aperture. When the camera was allowed to set ISO automatically, the exposure problem disappeared. Whew!

    The Tyvek-sailed Carbon Diamond performed wonderfully today. It was, for the first time, hoisting the KAP rig into the air. Never has the rig been so steady for so long. Sway was almost non-existent. But whenever I handled the line the camera twisted back and forth due to the rather steep line angle from the rig to the kite. Without enough horizontal separation, the suspension lines do not provide the maximum resistance to twisting. It might be an idea to separate the attachment points even further, on the flying line.

    The 2 meter (7 ft) Diamond was struggling to lift the camera in the fairly light winds coming off the ocean. At times, people on the beach had to duck under the line from me to the camera! The camera was behaving as a sort of aerial tether point, with the kite flying at a steep line angle from there.

    Measured at shoulder height, the on-shore breeze was about 4.5kph gusting to just under 7kph. More of a day for the Multi-Dowel Sled really, which hardly feels a 280g weight on the line!

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