Kites in Colorado

by Larry
(Westminster, Colorado, USA)

Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide

Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide

Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide
Barn Door Kite On Its Way Up
Granddaughter, Kayleigh
X-1 Dowel Barn Door

I enjoy the site very much, and we love the Dowel Barn Door! Hopefully, I will correctly post a couple of pics here and there. We live in a northwest suburb of Denver, Colorado.

I wanted to share the beautiful scenery we have every day at our flying spot. That's the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide in the background. Those mountains create some of craziest wind patterns in North America. Its always a challenge.

Here also, is a pic my granddaughter, Kayleigh, as we launch our "X-1 Dowel Barn Door". It was made from a $1.88 emergency blanket. It flew beautifully all of last summer.

I include a shot of Kayleigh just because she's so pretty! The line she's holding leads to an XKite Sky Diamond. They cost a buck and she has about 300 feet of line out, so all we can see is the line.

Soon we'll be flying the new X-2 Barn Door.

Thanks for being there.

Larry Shaffer
Denver, Colorado

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4 pics - thanks!
by: Tim Parish

Not many people bother to post 4 pictures, so thanks for that.

Glad to hear that the Dowel Barn Door kite has been such a good reliable flier for you!

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  1. Flight Report:
    Using A Kite Log

    Aug 20, 14 03:30 AM

    A new page going up soon on this site will feature some discussion on using a Kite Log. Just as pilots of all types of aircraft log their hours, so do some fliers with kites at the larger end of the scale. According to one site visitor who contacted me, more of us should be keeping logs!

    Accordingly, I have put together a small PDF and called it a Kite Log Book Sheet. Today, with a log sheet printout in a pocket, I went out with the Multi-Dowel Diamond kite to test it. The log sheet that is, not the kite ;-)

    The breeze was very light to begin with and the big Diamond had a brief flight to about 100 feet before sinking back to the grass.

    On a second attempt the kite managed to stay in the air. But not without a lot of help from the guy working the line down below! With plenty of weak convection going on, there were periods of faster air and areas of rising air coming through occasionally.

    Eventually I worked the kite up higher and managed to get 75 meters (250 feet) of line out.

    Some video was taken as the Multi-Dowel Diamond kite drifted slowly this way and that at about 50 degrees of line angle. A tension test revealed that the kite was only pulling 2.5 kg at most.

    In fact, on my first attempt to measure the tension, the kite sank out to within a meter (3 feet) of the ground. I promptly put down the scales and hauled the Diamond back up again!

    Time was limited, as usual, so the kite was soon being pulled down. Otherwise, it might have stayed up for another 20 minutes or so without any intervention.

    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.

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