Sayings about kite making and flying

by Tony
(Adelaide, SA, Australia)

Hi Tim, I thought a friendly competition for the best saying might be fun. Examples: the more original the better These are not original but good to know...

* Measure twice, cut once.

* Only put up a kite that in the conditions you can bring down safely yourself.

* A kite in the hand is worth two in the bush.

* Less ego, more commonsense.

* Big kites are like cars, don't drink and drive them.

* A kite is like clothing except if it is the wrong size you will wear it, if the right size you wont.

* A child's smile is a kite flyer's reward.

Have fun.

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Nov 02, 2016
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Flight report 10/31/16
by: Alex Rodenbach

Hi Tim and fellow readers. I managed after several months of inactivity to get to my favourite location and get my large delta kite in the air. The wind was fairly brisk, and had no trouble getting it airborne.

There were a few minor doldrums about, but for the most part she climbed the full 500 feet and despite some minor correcting on my part, stayed up proudly for about a half hour.

One of my favourite parts of the flight is, when the kite is about 50 - 100 feet up, and I'm actively working the string trying to get it to come down in a controlled manner. It's so relaxing in that moment to see it flutter and dance about almost as if it were alive.

I really enjoy your site and the treasure trove of great information.

Take care.

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Any other takers?
by: Tim Parish

Plenty of other experienced kite fliers out there - can anyone add some more kite sayings?

I could make one up...

"Don't let out the last 3 or 4 loops on the winder."

Just in case things aren't as secure as presumed!

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