My Delta kite - why two loops?

by Jesse
(Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic)

Q:

Hi - terrific site.

I have a 180 cm Elliot delta kite. There are two nylon loops, about 2 inches apart, for connecting my line. One is closer to the nose, the other two inches back from the first.

I'm guessing I am supposed to pick between the two loops depending on the wind conditions - or something like that.

Thanks in advance for your expert advice.

Best regards,
Jesse Gersenson

A:

I'm guessing that you have the OK-Delta-Pilot 180 cm single-liner. This kite has an open keel - open at the front to prevent nose-dives. On looking closely at the enlarged image, I could see what appeared to be 2 attachment points at the expected spots on the keel. About 2" apart as you have told me.

I think you are right - use the rear attachment point for most of your flying. However, if the wind is brisk and the Delta starts to misbehave, shift the flying line to the forward point. By 'misbehave' I mean looping, or flying sideways across the sky for extended periods of time. Unstable in other words, having trouble just sitting there high up.

"Some models allow the attachment of various line laundry by additional loops."

The above quote was taken from a reseller site, with regard to some of the Elliot Deltas. However, I don't think that applies to yours, unless you find even more loops along the trailing edge perhaps.

Happy flying, and thanks for the compliment regarding the site!

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