Stunt Kite Flying Bar

by Gary Crenshaw
(Hampton, GA, USA)

I have a stunt kite called 'Spider' that I have carried around in my car for a few years. This kite stays put together and ready to fly at the drop of a wind current. I use it to let beginners get the feel of a stunt kite until they hooked and get their own. So far everyone that has flown it has become a stunt kite flier at some level. The kite has more duct tape on it now that you would think it could fly with, but it stills performs pretty well.

One thing I do with beginners is starting them off using a flying bar instead of the wrist straps that are so popular. Number one, it eliminates their tendency to do the 'Spiderman Dance' with their arms and legs all over the place.

The second is to attach a twenty foot long set of lines about ten foot forward of their flying bar and attach them to my control bar while standing behind them. This causes my inputs to over-ride anything they do because my lines are attached closer to the stunt kite.

This also helps when the wind gets up above a persons skill level because it allows them to remain flying the kite as long as you assist when needed.

I learned this procedure years ago while teaching kids how to fly the old control-line model airplanes. Uhh Ohh I think I just gave away my age...

Happy Stunt Kite Flying!

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Stunt Kite Flying Bar
by: Peldapete

Watched my brother bring his control line Spitfire into land, problem was his tool box was at exact radius of plane. Do people still have control line or is it only us over a certain age that remember them. Oops I guess I also gave something away.

'65 was a good year, like your idea on teaching future kite flyers, I have seen the extreme over correcting that learners do, complete with crossed over arms, poking tongues, weaving legs etc. Tight flight lines = Happy kite times. Will soon submit story of a kite that decided to take a swim in a Chinese lake with apx 40 locals watching the Aussie fly a kite. Kite and ego both OK.

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by: Tim Parish

Ah yes, seeing you mention them takes me back to flying my trusty 1.5cc Diesel-powered stunter, in Alice Springs... Inverted mount, home-made fuel from Ether, Castor-oil and Methanol. ooops, I've given away something too! ;-)

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