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Hi all Kite lovers, This is the second year for the kite festival to be held in Pune, India. Pune is well known for its arts and cultural activities.
Looking out the window at home, it seemed like the breeze was gusting into the mid-twenties (kph). A spur-of-the-moment decision saw us down at a large school oval with the huge Multi-Dowel Delta kite. About 4.8m (16ft) from tip to tip. Actually, we had it rigged for higher winds today, which reduces the wing span a little.
Giving Aren (8) the camera, I soon had the big kite wallowing around close to the ground. With every little puff of extra air, I let out line so the kite moved out across the grass. Eventually, on 30m (100 feet) of line the kite was allowed to sit back and rather slowly climb out to full height. There wasn't really as much breeze as expected! So the leading edge spars could have been spread out further for a tighter sail. But never mind. Once up, the kite was holding height easily.
Next, more line was let out. 60 meters (200 feet) now. Again, the huge blue Delta took its time re-gaining height and line angle. But it was flying smooth up there, well clear of the rough air from houses and trees upwind.
Finally, having just a few more minutes available before being due back home, we climbed the kite up on 90 meters (300 feet). Nice! I took some video at this point since Aren was able to hang on. Despite the size, this kite never pulls more than a few kilos.
Meanwhile, the wind meter had been whirring away on its little tripod. 5kph average with a max gust to 10.6kph. Fairly light, although the Delta had probably felt the occasional gust in the mid to high teens, high up.
A short outing but it was good seeing the large light-wind Delta doing its thing at almost 300 feet above the grass.
About This Post: These days, most flight reports are in the short format you've just seen, above. Longer format reports are done occasionally, which also feature photos and video taken on the day. Check out the full flight report pages on this site. Or even the aerial photography pages, which also contain flight reports.
My first full-length write-up of a KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) session. Since then, all the KAP pages have had their photos re-sized from the original 800x800 pixels to a more satisfying 1600x1600. From the originals, so no loss of quality! ...
Attention anyone in or near Adelaide, SA... I'm kicking off an 'MBK Fly Day' at the end of each month, for the foreseeable future.
In a nut-shell:
** Knox Park off South Road in Morphett Vale is the big square-shaped venue (wind your way in from either Beach Road or Flaxmill Road)
** Last Saturday each month from 4pm until sundown (only exceptions: constant rain or an electrical storm in the area!)
** Best suited to flying single-line kites fairly high (100-330ft) due to often gusty winds
** AKFA members welcome! (I'm also a member now)
** There are no facilities/shops except for some kids' play equipment, so please BYO everything you might need (sunscreen, thermos etc)
Come and experience gusty in-land flying with little fear of getting your kite stuck in a tree, no matter what the wind direction!
C U there - Tim P.
P.S. By attending, you are giving me permission to publish photos and videos of your kites. However, I will avoid publishing anything which clearly identifies you - so basically, no faces!
Yo! Thanks for your designs, tips, and this site in general. Good to see someone having honest, simple fun, made me want to try it too. Our parents always
One of my goals is to fly kites in every month of the year, not just when it is warm. This was inspired when I saw kites flying in China in temperatures
Another breezy day, and to my surprise Aren was keen to go out kite flying! Perhaps the recent session with the Peter Powell stunt kite has enthused him anew. But we mainly fly single-liners...
It seemed an ideal opportunity to test how the Multi-Dowel Diamond would cope with moderate wind strengths. To date, this kite has only flown in light air.
Aren requested the Tiny Tots Diamond, which I knew would have no trouble since it has flown in near-gales before! Single line attachment plus that long light tail you see.
Anyway, back to the very sizable Multi-Dowel Diamond...
As expected, the big kite struggled at first in the moderate gusts. The horizontal spar bent so much that the bow-line fell undone. Result: two little Dacron tails draping from the side tips.
After a couple of short flights I moved the towing point forward almost as far as the bridle loop knot. This put the towing point somewhat forward of the spar crossing point. On an Eddy-style kite, that's a long way forward! It did the trick, relieving a lot of line tension but not compromising stability.
Now it was possible to let the kite up much higher with confidence. Eventually we had it tethered to the wooden railings with about 80 meters (280 feet) of line out.
The strongest periods of breeze were pushing the kite to the right so I took it down, adjusted the bridle loop knot left by just a couple of mm (1/8"+) and put it back up. Beautiful - straight up! While doing this, Aren had the great idea of securing the carabiner to the line and then watching it slide down all the way to the fence, as the kite shot up. He tried to beat it, but the carabiner won.
A wind check revealed an average around 12kph with one big gust to 28kph. So the light-wind Diamond had probably been hit with 30kph+ from time to time! So glad it survived - but the bridle adjustments were critical.
About This Post: These days, most flight reports are in the short format you've just seen, above. Usually, video and/or photos from this flying session are posted a few days later on the MBK Facebook Page.
An old flight report featuring the original Dowel Delta which was somewhat under-engineered! Weak and floppy, to put it bluntly. However, we did have one good flight in very light and smooth air one day...