Why go fly a kite? The phrase has a negative connotation for some, as in telling someone to 'go fly ...' In fact, there's an RC Kite company in Singapore with the name GoFlyKite. There's some Singlish (Singaporean English) for you! I've met the guy, and seen him demo what many refer to as an LED Kite. Flown at night, all lit up, but ahem, I digress...
Anyway, why not go out to fly a kite now and then... A bit of a drive down memory lane has brought a whole lot of experiences to mind, which will help to answer the question.
Probably the most compelling reason to fly a kite is because you just made one! With practice and experience, new kites nearly always fly well on their first outing. I'll never get sick of putting up a new design straight to 300 feet on the very first flight. Weather permitting. It's a good feeling when it happens!
Apart from just a few outings with a sport kite, my experience is entirely with single liners, and mainly home-made ones at that.Buying something like this Stowaway Diamond Kite from Amazon is another way to enjoy kite flying within a couple of days.
Just as an aside, it seems that the various major categories of kites tend to attract distinct personality types. Examples? Just 3 might illustrate the point:
Let's explore that 3rd point now, expanding on a few good reasons to go fly a kite...
Although the main focus when deciding to go fly a kite or 3 is the flying, you can't help but notice people's reactions. It nearly always makes you feel something. Either about the kite itself or the flying experience that is unfolding. And, it's usually a positive thing! Now, here's a short catalog of people's reactions from past flying outings...
Except for the sense of smell, unless you count the subtle smells of the outdoors. The grass, leaves and insects and so forth. When I go fly a kite I never seem to notice. But it's the other senses that combine to really make the kite come alive for the flier. It's not just a kite. It's a kiting experience, and it can really uummm lift you...
Who hasn't heard of the time-honored remedy of 'getting out of the house for a while'? Not an issue for some, who don't actually spend much time inside their own homes, but we're talking introverted kite-fanciers here :-)
A good long kite flying session is good for removing various pressures from your mind. It gives you a break!
Some time out in the sun, protected by a wide brimmed or flapped hat of course. The sunlight ups your Vitamin D levels, brightens your mood and now I feel some verse coming on....
Experience the weather, even measure it,
With windsocks and bubbles lifting and swirling.
Anemometers and gauges whirring -
Flight-enhancing toys for the single liner nut!
Ok, that last line's a 'half-rhyme' with the first line - don't you know anything about poetry? ;-)
Particularly with small sons and daughters! Go fly a kite with them. My son Aren has been involved with my kite flying since the age of about 2 years. Much of his early kite flying was conducted from a seated position in his pram!
I'll just list off a few things now, that Aren did...
Just a small sample of how kids graduate through stages in their kite-flying.
Of course, kids need other things to do as well, since their attention span can be limited. Meanwhile, you get to continue to fly the kite. Usually you can tether it somewhere. Hence, you can spend time with the youngster, while keeping half an eye on the sky!
And I'll spare you the poetry this time... However, there is something poetic about the flight of your favorite Delta or Rok.
The love of flight spans many things in some of us kiters. Some might enjoy the full range of kite craft, from Traction right through to Indoor featherweights. Others focus steadily on one form or the other. Like Ray Bethell, who only cares for Stunt kites but takes it to the nth degree. World records and all.
And that's only kites! Examine people's backgrounds and you will find airline pilots, glider pilots, aeromodelers heck maybe even frisbee or boomerang throwers. Chances are, a kiter has flown something else in his or her lifetime.
In my case, that's just about everything without an engine, except balloons. Will have to fix that itch one day!
When these people go fly a kite, it tweaks something in their soul. It re-awakens the mystery, the draw, of flight all over again. It's something that remains even after you have gained a solid grasp of the principles of flight. You might know all about it, but you never get sick of re-experiencing a flying object all the same!
"If it flies without an engine - even purer, even better!" Just a thought. Now, go fly a kite will you!Haven't got one? This Stowaway Diamond Kite from Amazon has plenty of good reviews.
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