Kite Flying Stories
The First Few Years Of MBK
All the earliest kite flying stories recorded for the MBK website may be found here. Starting from March in 2007.
We used to get out at least once a week, and document everything that
happened. Which kites we took, how high they flew, how long they flew,
the weather conditions and so on.
At this time, our son Aren was a very cute toddler. He still got
involved with the kite flying though, and we also took a few photos
which you can find in the links below.
There's little Aren in the photo. The little green Baby Sled features heavily in our initial reports!
Similar tiny Sleds like this Sled kite
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for the smallest fliers in the hobby.
The Discontinued Blog
We used some blogging software for a while, with which we covered the
period from October 2007 right through to March 2009. Since then, as
you might already know, our occasional kite flying stories appear under
the 'what's new?' link near the top of the nav bar. See up there on the
This material is presented in reverse chronological order. The latest reports first, in other words...
Archived Posts From Mar 2009
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Our Earliest Kite Flying Stories
It all started in March 2007, when we came home from the local kite
festival. We had bought our toddler son a Baby Sled, so he could see a
flying kite on a more regular basis.
After that, we moved on to making and flying the 1-Skewer series
of small flat kites from bamboo BBQ skewers and freezer bag plastic.
For just a few cents each, these simple bamboo-and-plastic kites
provided an amazing amount of flying adventure. Some were failures, but
on the whole they did really well in moderate breezes. The air was
rarely smooth, but that just added to the fun!
Here are all the kite flying stories, with the latest posts listed first...
Archived Posts From Oct 2007
Archived Posts From Sep 2007
Archived Posts From Aug 2007
Archived Posts From Jul 2007
Archived Posts From Jun 2007
Archived Posts From May 2007
Archived Posts From Apr 2007
Archived Posts From Mar 2007
Also from this era, here are a couple of reports on some duration and altitude record-keeping...
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Sep 21, 14 09:44 PM
Victoria Park adjacent to the Adelaide CBD in South Australia, that is. This large grassed area which forms part of the eastern parklands of the city is used for various events from time to time. Including, in the past, major horse racing and a section of a Formula 1 Grand Prix track.
An invite had gone out to various kite enthusiasts to meet and fly, since the weather looked good. We arrived after lunch, only to discover very light winds. A lone R/C flier was enjoying the easy conditions with his 3-channel electric trainer. Like a tiny Cessna, if you're not familiar with model aircraft.
For a while it seemed we were alone, before spotting a power kite in the distance, making brief forays into the air. Victoria Park is rather large!
It actually turned out to be quite an enjoyable outing, with the 2.4m (8ft) Multi-Dowel Barn Door kite just scraping into the air. But then, thermals were everywhere. It wasn't long before the large pale blue kite went right overhead! At other times, I simply toyed with the Barn Door, floating it way out on a long line then pulling it up to over 200 feet.
Another RC flier was now having success launching his glider, finding thermals, and gaining height in them.
We were eventually joined by two other AKFA members including the President. A couple of ripstop-and-carbon light-wind kites went up, with plenty of success. By now the breeze had come across the park from just about every point of the compass. Variable indeed!
In the distance, someone had been lofting a large but light-wind parafoil. It was interesting to see it sink out as an utter 'bag of washing' during a dead calm spell! Someone else had some success with a small blue Delta for a while.
All up, a worthwhile day IF you were flying lightly-loaded kites! No luck for Mike with his power kite and skateboard...
About This Post: These days, most flight reports are in the short format you've just seen, above. Usually, photos and/or video from the day are posted a few days later on the MBK Facebook Page. However, longer format reports are done occasionally, which also feature photos and video taken on the day. Here is a link to all those full flight report pages on this site.
Apologies for this site's current lack of video when viewed on mobile devices...
For now, please view this site on a Desktop or Laptop computer to see the videos. And there's plenty of them!
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