Parafoil Kite - Rekindling The Flying Bug

by Leanna
(Tampa Bay, Florida, US)

Flying in Winter

Flying in Winter

Donned my coat in 40 degree (F) weather and headed out to the beach. What a lovely day.....! Rekindling the kite flying bug from childhood.

Purchased a small parafoil kite from a local shop in order to get out of the house and avoid any cabin fever. I hadn't flown a kite in years. Now I have several different ones. This is one of my favorite photos.

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The Sun Trick.
by: Tim Parish

Thanks Leanna. Isn't it great when the sun intersects the frame like that, blending the photo into the surrounding white background. One of my favorite kite-photo tricks!

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Homemade Sled Kite

by Matt
(New York City, New York, USA)

A close up shot.

A close up shot.

A close up shot.
Me with the kite in the air.

Winds were forecasted for 20mph today, so I decided to take out my new Pocket Sled kite. I also brought out my sparred Sled kite in case the winds momentarily died down.

When I reached the field, winds had still not reached the 20mph mark. There were periods of no wind followed by strong gusts. I tried to fly the Pocket Sled, but I had problems getting it inflated.

During a calm period I tried to get the sparred Sled up in the air. Unfortunately, the winds were still too much for it. However, I managed some short flights during which I had a friend take some great shots.

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High Wind Sleds
by: Tim Parish

Thanks Matt! Maybe look around for a high-wind Sled for those super-gusty days. Or, if making another one yourself, just re-design it with the towing point somewhat closer to the leading edge (top) of the kite. This reduces wind pressure and will keep the kite stable in higher winds.

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Pink Elephant at the Kerela International Kite Festival

by Bruce Jordan
(Edinburgh)


In the background are the traditional Chinese fishing nets which are used throughout the region.

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Funny Kites
by: Tim Parish

Perhaps this deserves a spot on my Funny Kites page as well ;-)

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Canard One

by Tony Sangster
(Adelaide S.A., Australia)

Canard One

Canard One

Canard One
In Flight

Using the bendy spar for other kites. Here is a conventional canard kite: length 88 cm, bendy spreader 42 + 42 cm set 31 cm from stern, foresail set to 30 cm from nose, bridle 30 cm fore and aft from 30 cm from nose and stern and tow point also 43.5 cm vertical from long spar dowel and oven-bag skin - a delight.

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Pic?
by: Tim Parish

Would love to see this one - again, just send it to me as an attachment, and I will upload it from here. (Perhaps you are closing your browser before the image(s) finish uploading?)

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Flying Fish

by Greg
(Portsmouth, UK)


Finally got a picture of this kite flying.

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Sprung 4 (because Sprung 3 needed modification)

by Tony Sangster
(Adelaide, S.A., Australia)

Sprung 4

Sprung 4

Sprung 4
Sprung 3, a.k.a.
Sprung 4 in flight

Sprung 3 was not a success and fellow kite flier Steve aptly named it the 'FROG' because the bendy topside spreader was raked forward and was used to attach a skin atop the delta skin creating a gape-mouthed thing which despite many attempts just swallowed air and flopped - a smaller entry point and inflatable section confined to near the central spar, and more lateral wing area should work. In its place the original Sprung 3 was converted into a version of Sprung 4 - just without the keel section of 4 (see photos)

Sprung 4 is a little humdinger, flies well with a small amount of tail in this 20 knot breeze. 5 mm spars, spreader 29 cm.

The bendy spreader is underneath, held with elastic bands:

Central spar is in the keel =46 cm, trailing edges 47 cm each side, leading edge 66 cm, LE spars 54 cm, spreader location 35 cm from nose, keel 5 cm deep, along keel from nose tow point = 20.5 cm, spreader 25 cm.

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Correction about photos of Sprung 4
by: Tony Sangster

My apologies the photos in Sprung 4 accidentally included one of the Frog - the original Sprung 3 - the photo entitled 'Sprung 4 from the front' is in fact the Frog - again my apologies.

I guess it is always good in fact to exhibit one's failures as well as the success because the failures help us to do better.

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Thanks
by: Tim Parish

Thanks for sharing those details with all the visitors who come through here.

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A Tribute to Reza Ragheb

by Jason Wong
(Singapore)

The Eagle of Paradox Rokkaku

The Eagle of Paradox Rokkaku

As stable as a Delta, as strong as a lifter, an Ace for this Rokkaku designer Reza Ragheb!

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I knew Reza
by: Cliff Quinn

He was a very creative and gifted man. I loved his flare for South West graphics. I own one of the last kites he personally made before passing.

One day we were flying together on a beach in Ocean City Maryland, U.S.A. While talking to each other Reza reached into his pocket and while doing so his kite winder slipped from his hand and the kite he made went out over the water. We chased the winder as it dragged across the sand and finally it too was ocean bound. I told Reza I felt really bad, he said not to worry it's only a kite. I said 'but it's a Reza' - he just chuckled and said I'll just make another.

He was a good man who shared his passion freely.

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Great shot
by: Tim Parish

Love the photo - thanks Jason! Many more people will get to know about Reza now...

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Light air
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1-3 mph
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4–7 mph
4–6 knots
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8–12 mph
7–10 knots
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
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32-38 mph
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