White Bird Super Star Kite Bridle

by Fred
(Utah, USA)

Q:

A friend recently gave me a White Bird Super Star kite. I'm not sure the bridle rigging is correct. I've tried several positions along it to connect the kite string.

Positioned high on the bridle allows the kite to sail with little wind, but it also tends to turn erratically and crash, especially if the wind picks up.

If I make a loop lower in the bridle and connect to it, the kite becomes almost perpendicular to the wind. It is more stable, but also takes more wind to gain altitude.

I'm beginning to wonder if the bridle is positioned correctly and if it is the right length.

Any help appreciated.

Fred

PS I just saw the option for uploading a pic. I can do that, also.

A:

Firstly, don't worry about supplying a picture, since I have found one on the Web. It certainly looks like the White Bird Super Star kite is a large spectacular single liner. Not to mention an interesting one from an artistic point of view.

"Positioned high on the bridle..."

A simple ribbon tail, say as wide as your hand and 3 or 4 times as long as the kite would help to stabilize it if it seems marginal.

However, and perhaps you could try this first, you could pull a little bow into that horizontal spar and see if that improves stability overall. If the kite does not already have a bow-string, just attach a length of flying line to each horizontal spar tip and bring them together in the middle...

A simple loop knot on one line would allow you to secure the other line to it with a couple of half-hitches - just for testing. When you arrive at a setting that seems to work well, lay the kite on the floor and measure how far the tips are from the floor. You could then replace the half-hitches with a short wooden toggle. After getting the knot around the toggle just right, a few drops of glue would make it permanent. A toggle is quick and easy to slip in and out of the loop on the other line.

"If I make a loop lower in the bridle..."

A friendly suggestion - don't tie any loops into the bridle. Instead, tie the flying line on with a Prusik knot. This way, you can make small adjustments to the towing point very easily. In no time, you will be able to observe how the kite behaves at various settings. Small changes in the towing point can make quite noticeable changes in how the kite flies.

To sum up, I would...


  1. Make sure there is a small amount of bow pulled into the horizontal spar.

  2. Attach the flying line to the bridle with a sliding knot.

  3. Find a very large open field, or maybe get out on a shore of the Great Salt Lake :-)

  4. Wait for a moderate breeze day - online real-time weather reports are so handy! Just type in 'weather' into your favorite search engine.

  5. Start with the knot well down the bridle, such that the kite barely flies at all. Then, try moving it forward, just millimeters (or 1/4") at a time. Very soon, it should soar up nicely.



All the very best with your White Bird Superstar kite! If you want to, drop by here again with a comment regarding how it went.

Comments for White Bird Super Star Kite Bridle

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Aug 24, 2012
Thanks
by: Tim Parish

Thanks Corgimas - It's great when someone with first-hand experience of the kite in question chips in with better info. The picture I saw was a ground shot, with no tails attached to the kite. Wasn't aware of the pre-tied loop either!

Aug 24, 2012
White Bird's Superstars
by: Corgimas

I sold the White Bird superstars for many years through my old shop. They are mediocre fliers unless you have perfect steady winds.

The optimum spot on the bridle to attach your line IS the loop that was/is tied there. If the wind is right you will not need to move the line. If it is not good then you are mostly out of luck.

The kite has three tails already so do not add any more. That will just add too much weight to the back end. These kites are NOT stuck-in-the-sky fliers - they will constantly move about wobbling in the air...

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