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Apr 16, 2014

Flight Report:
Huge Delta In Super-Light Air

The main reason for this outing was to see if I had managed to cure a small surging problem we had noticed during the previous flight at night.

Surging is when the nose of the kite pitches up and down slowly and continuously while otherwise flying normally. During the most recent night flight, this was evidenced by the sail flutter noise rising and falling. At the same time, the spring scales were registering a corresponding fluctuation in line tension. 1 kg, 2kg, 1kg, 2kg for minutes on end.

So, with the sun nearing the horizon and a very light breeze outside, I tried again. This time, the 3 bridle lines had about equal tension...

Previously, the nose line must have been hanging slack while the kite flew on the middle and rear bridle lines. The Multi-Dowel Delta is keel-less!

Out near the middle of the reserve, with wind meter held high, it recorded an average of 2.6 kph and a gust to 4.4 kph. Light indeed!

On the first attempt, the kite hung almost motionless over the same spot of grass while I backed away letting out line. All the way to 30 meters (100 feet) or so, keeping the kite around 1 or 2 meters off the ground. Then I backed up and pulled some line in too to climb the kite up. It was a fairly short flight, with insufficient breeze to stay airborne.

Next time, I tried an even longer line length before climb-out. It was a busy flight. That is, I had to actively fly the kite the whole time to try and keep it up there!

As soon as I had achieved a reasonable line angle, I would let the kite drift slowly downwind, trying to get as much line out as possible. This resulted in the kite flying around all over the place like a giant paper plane. During lulls, it was necessary to pull in line, undoing my line-lengthening efforts.

Finally, the Delta had managed to fly on more than 75 meters (250 feet) of line. Perhaps there was 7 or 8 kph up there at times. No surging that I could detect!

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Apr 16, 2014

Come Fly a Kite!

Galisteo New Mexico USA 1st Annual Kite Festival Galisteo Rodeo ground parking Saturday April 26th 2014 10 A.M. Family/kid friendly Free admission

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Apr 15, 2014

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

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Apr 15, 2014

One Dowel Rokkaku with a side of thermals!

Since I was not able to get a good long flight with my MBK Rokkaku, I figured I would do a report with 2 flights adding up to more than 10 minutes worth

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Apr 14, 2014

The Boy From Philippines

I named it the boy from Philippines. Because firstly I'm a boy, I'm 11 years old, Grade 5. Then secondly obviously I'm from Cebu, Philippines. I didn't

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Apr 13, 2014

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

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Apr 12, 2014

Flight Report:
Night Flight With Cycling Lights

At the shops, earlier in the day, I had noticed some pairs of LED lights for cyclists at $2 per pair. They seemed to be in red and green... Aha, I thought, they belong on the wing-tips of my Multi-Dowel Delta!

The weather decided to co-operate, serving up a very smooth and fairly light breeze after sun-down. My son and I went out after tea and we carried everything required to a well-lit spot under a park lamp post. Soon the 4.8m (15ft) dark-blue Delta was rigged, complete with tip-lights.

Despite tying the spreader in its low-wind configuration with minimal sail billow, the kite was reluctant to climb, lazily hanging in the air at a low line angle.

At least the shadowy Delta, almost invisible against the night sky, stayed stable and airborne while I steadily let more line out. This was done while walking upwind so the kite remained roughly over the same spot of grassy ground. Soon, slightly faster air was contacted and the kite willingly headed much higher. Blinking red and white lights clearly visible. Ooops! Yes, white for the front end of a bike at night, of course.

Having reached a good spot to fly from, I let more line off the reel until the 90 meter (300 feet) mark came off. My young boy helped out by shining a key-ring light onto the Dacron as it slid past my hand. As this was happening, the Multi-Dowel Delta kite silently slipped away downwind, still stable and nose-high.

With the reel halted, tension came back on the line and the kite immediately began a slow smooth ascent, accompanied by a distinct fluttering sound from the loose plastic along the trailing edges. Very soon, it was hovering at around a 60 or 65 degree line angle. I let 8 year old Aren take the line for half a minute. As we discovered a few minutes later with the spring scales, the huge Delta was only pulling between 1 and 2 kilograms in the 12kph or so breeze aloft.

Seeing the kite parked up there, barely moving in the cool smooth air, it was hard to comply with my boy's wishes to return home for dessert! But we couldn't be out too late, so soon the kite was on its way down. Aren manning the reel, while I slowly pulled line onto the grass.

Eventually the kite swooped low in the almost dead-calm near the ground. A bit of line had to be let out as the nose swung around in a complete 360 turn before a tip contacted the earth and turned its little light off!

Nice star and moon-lit night, and a memorable flight.

About This Post: These days, most flight reports are in the short format you've just seen, above. 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.

Apr 09, 2014

Black Diamond

We had a kite derby for cub scouts. We made a sail kite and a box kite in the two weeks we had to prepare for it. Both crashed and burned during their

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