Impressive Flight

by Alex
(Ithaca, NY, USA)

I was looking to make a skewer kite today but ended up stumbling upon your paper sled design which didn't require a run to the store to get skewers!

The paper sled kite came together so easily and I took it out mid-afternoon hopeful that there would be enough wind to see it in action. I got it up a couple of times when periodic puffs of wind would come through and I was pleased at its performance. It went up and didn't wobble and stayed up long enough to get a "I like your kite!" and "It's made of paper?!" from a passing boy.

Later the wind picked up a bit and I took it to a big hill that I thought would make the most of the wind there was. The paper sled was a joy to fly and I got it up quite high several times.

The height I got made me glad I used the polyester thread as the flying line because I let a lot out and it still flew. By the end of the session the wind was getting a bit too strong and the kite would fly back and forth and eventually invert and spiral out of control. But it was fun to see how far I could get it before that happened!

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And Even Higher...
by: Tim Parish

Joe F., from Los Angeles, California, USA posted this, which I'm including here as a comment since it is too short to publish as a separate page...

"The editor of UpperWindPower to celebrate One Sky One World chose this paper sled to make and fly over the CSULA property. After main tether was out 100 ft then dancing non-rotating stable flight was a joy against a pure blue cloudless sky. The popping thermals were handled just fine by the single-notebook paper sled per plan you presented. A speck it was at 500 ft of main tether!"

Wow!

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High Flight
by: Tim Parish

Must admit I have never pushed my own Paper Sled to such heights yet! After documenting the build and getting the in-flight photos, I moved on to other tasks.

The Sled is hanging on the wall right now - but you've inspired me to take it out for a real fly sometime soon!

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1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

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4–7 mph
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8–12 mph
7–10 knots
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

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28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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