First, if it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a light-to-moderate-wind kite and won't like being launched in a gale. There's our original 2-Skewer Sled in the photo up there, flying in a very light late-afternoon breeze. It required those tails to fly stable.
Sled-kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Assuming there is some breeze outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind catches it. As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by taking loop after loop off the winder.
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, on the end of maybe 10 or 20 meters (about 50 feet) of line. This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to build a sled kite!
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already:
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
One day, I decided to make the two skewer sled kite. I made it out of a very thin garbage bag and some "spars" from long but strong bamboo spars. The …
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