This indoor kite post once appeared in the site blog page - that's the
one you enter via the 'what's new!' site navigation link. Of all things, it features and outdoors flight - the sled being the only kite in the series that can tolerate a bit of breeze! Of course, it performs indoors like all the others as well...
Yesterday was when the club usually goes out to fly, but continuous light rain put a stop to that...
MBK Indoor Sled
- outdoors in very light wind!
Later in the evening, at home, the drizzle finally ceased. Looking at the dampness outside, there seemed to be hardly any breeze. Naturally thoughts turned to flying an Indoor Series kite! From experience so far, I'm predicting that only the Indoor Sled will tolerate outside flying. Unless there is a genuine total calm.
Only the sled shares it's shape-holding strength between the spars and the sail material itself. Flat, bowed or dihedral designs rely totally on the spars to hold shape. For simplicity, my diamond has a single attachment point for the flying line. As will all the other designs in the Indoor series. So the kites are vulnerable to over-speed. Not a problem when you're just walking around indoors of course.
With 3 meters of thread attached, I was about to go out when on a whim, I attached a thread winder. Sure enough, the little sled was able to float way up now and again, in the very light and occasionally gusty breeze through our yard.
Flying required a gentle touch and even then rough patches would sometimes collapse the kite. A little jiggling would usually re-inflate the sail and up the kite would float again. Turbulent air would even pop the kite vertically overhead. I'm sure there was no thermal effect at all - it was just random movements of the air mass which would accelerate the ultra-light kite this way and that. Being very close to the inclines of our house roof, some of those swirls of air might have been quite large.
Working hard to stay inside the tiny wind range, I managed to get the clear-plastic sled up to around max roof height. And also a brief foray over the neighbor's fence and tall bushes. All in all, it was a pleasant line-working experience at the very lightest end of the scale :-)