Grandson Flying 2 String Stunt Kite

by Neil Francis
(Wales, UK)

5 year old grandson flying a 2 string job...

He and I went out the day before he returned to school after Xmas holidays. It was very windy and blustery.

The stunt kite is a sort of twin dowel carbon fiber model only about 2 feet x 18 inches high. With me on the controls it went up like a rocket on the best launch and did figure of eights etc. My grandson only managed a short flight because he hasn't the knack yet of balancing the flight but it still got up to around 30 feet so gave him a taste of the sport.

He said to me he wished he could fly like that! He was asking me about the meaning of "infinity" the other day.

Best wishes for the new year
Neil Francis.

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by: Tim Parish

Sounds like it might be the ideal size of kite to introduce your grandson to stunt flying. I'm sure he'll get better in no time! Particularly if you can get to a beach, with the smooth winds there. Stunt kites can be a real pain to fly inland where the wind strength can be all over the place - as I'm sure you already know...

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Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7