Kites: Site Blog

Welcome to this fun and educational Site Blog page on kites.

Keeping you up to date with our Flight Report posts, new Aerial Photography pages and occasional contributions from visitors. Visitors sometimes include photos or links to videos too.

My own Flight Report videos pop up on the MBK Facebook page nearly every week.

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Here's all the latest posts - enjoy....

Oct 05, 2015

Flight Report:
2-Skewer Sode Rises And Falls

A short and somewhat frustrating session yesterday as a very light breeze got even lighter. With the 2-Skewer Sode on hand, light winds were covered. Or so I thought! When very light winds are combined with a lack of thermal activity (convection), no kite will stay up there.

Anyway, it was just possible to get some video of the kite rising slowly in a 'gust'. Before the inevitable happened. Pan camera slowly all the way to the dry grass...

No less than four opportunities went by to video the kite flying with a passenger jet passing by in the same region of sky. Each time, the bright orange Sode was on the ground. Never-the-less, a number of short flights were obtained as I worked the 20 pound Dacron line in and out to maximize the flight time. The maximum height obtained was only 100 feet or so.

Wind meter reading? Didn't bother, since it would have sat there with the tiny cups motionless most of the time!

"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

Sep 30, 2015

So You Want To Snow Kite

But even if you don't, you might be interested to read some background info on this sporty topic! A previously published page...

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Sep 28, 2015

Beetle Kite Attracts Dolphins

I have a fantastic story for you! I am a shift worker, just finished my shift so I hope this makes sense as I am very sleepy... I purchased a lady beetle

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Sep 27, 2015

Flight Report:
More Kites Than Fliers At Knox Park

My usual kite fly down at Knox Park in the south of Adelaide happened again on Saturday. Being the last Saturday of the month. Another smallish affair with three fliers and two onlookers - including my son Aren.

Conditions were fairly light to begin with and became even lighter after a couple of hours. A quick list of every kite which flew...

  • Multi-Dowel Rokkaku (2.4m/8ft span)
  • Multi-Dowel Barn Door (2.4m/8ft span)
  • Carbon and Tyvek Diamond with 24-bow tail
  • Dowel Delta (brushed acrylics on ripstop nylon)
  • Dowel Dopero (plastic table-cloth experiment!)
  • Small dragonfly (flew well after the addition of some light plastic streamers for a tail)
While the black Tyvek Diamond was up a passenger jet flew past, behind the kite from our perspective. Got it on video, complete with the short vapor trail which was following the aircraft.

Had a little trouble with the big Rokkaku, which suffered a nose-tie failure during a hefty gust. With the sail completely unattached at the front end, the kite alternated between a steep fluttering dive and sitting back and half-flying for a few seconds at a time! Down it came, the 200 pound Dacron line nearly tripping up a jogger who was doing laps around the park.

A wind shift towards the end of the session moved all the kites around to the north. From there, I could just see the Barn Door coming down in trees if the breeze lightened further! So, I promptly took the kite down. In fact, the black Diamond had already run out of puff and had been parked near a lamp-post. On it's back so it wouldn't blow around in what was left of the breeze.

Not long after this we all went home, after enjoying pleasant temperatures and unbroken sunshine during the afternoon. Most of my kites had been flown over 300 feet above the field. Fly 'em high I say!

My Best Kite on Facebook: Still photos and/or video are nearly always taken during a flying session. Whether it's with the Adelaide Kite Fliers Association or just me down at a local park. You can always see the most recent pics or vids on the My Best Kite Facebook Page. Drop in and say Hi from your part of the world!

Sep 25, 2015

Flight Report:
Black Diamond Ridiculed By Kookaburra

Of course, we are talking about a kite here, not a glittering lump of rock which has no wind range at all. Anyway, it was a very pleasant day outside. Few clouds in the pale blue sky , 17 degrees (C) and a breeze averaging 'gentle' at 15kph but gusting to over 20kph at ground level.

The previous day, some tubes of acrylic paint had been purchased in order to liven up an old carbon and Tyvek Diamond prototype. More to the point, the kite was fitted with a 24-bow traditional-style tail made from Tyvek rectangles and Dacron line.

Images of this tail in flight and on the ground might be included on a sale page for my first physical product for sale - a 12-bow white tail for DIYers to paint and use for any medium to large kites they may own. There will be some song-and-dance in a few days time when the product launches. Not literal dancing - I gave up on that decades ago after getting weird looks from teenagers...

After letting the camera on it's little tripod click away on its own for a while, KAP-style, plenty of good photos were obtained of Your's Truly flying the black Diamond kite. The tail had alternating dark green and yellow bows, with a couple of black ones right on the end to pick up the black of the kite. The dark green ended up looking a lot like black though, at a distance. Wind conditions could not have been better for the kite, which seemed to shrug off the extra weight of all that acrylic paint with aplomb.

With the photography, including a couple of movies, out of the way, it was time to let out plenty of line. No point in flying low on such a perfect day! Disappointingly, a kookaburra I heard 'laughing' loudly just minutes before kept quiet during the movies. Perhaps it had flown off. A fairly rare sound which I have heard at this flying field only twice before. That's less than once per year!

For around twenty minutes the eye-catching black Diamond kite and it's undulating green and yellow tail floated about, well over 300 feet up. A considerable drooping curve in the 50-pound Dacron line although it pulled flatter from time to time in gusts. With a slightly stretched sail, the kite could only manage a 45 degree flying angle at that height. A fine sight never-the-less!

"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

Sep 23, 2015

An Interview With Ray Bethell

This email interview was conducted in March 2010 and gives new insights into the life of this amazing stunt kite flier...

Continue reading "An Interview With Ray Bethell"

Sep 16, 2015

Bali Kites

I live in Bali and love the kites here. Most of the medium sized kites are made of plastic (like yours) but instead of taping the plastic they use mosquito

Continue reading "Bali Kites"

Sep 16, 2015

Adelaide Kite Festival

This page was first published in 2007 and gives a rambling, photo-illustrated account of the Adelaide International Kite festival in that year...

Continue reading "Adelaide Kite Festival"


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