Delta kite keels

by Herb Kraut
(Woodmere, NY)

Q: I have a delta kite I bought years ago and every time I fly it it hobbles and nosedives into the ground. I noticed the kite has no keel, but does have a towline. Are delta kites supposed to have a keel to stabilize them?

A: Firstly, be sure to try flying the kite in quite light wind. Most deltas don't need much breeze at all, to go up. Many deltas are designed to fly without a keel and use a length of tail instead, to keep the nose pointed into wind. So if the kite has no tail, try tying a simple streamer to the rear end of the spine. Around 10 times the length of the kite itself should be ample.

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