Kathmandu Power Kite - Parafoil

by David
(Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Q:

Hi Tim, this kite was given to me as a gift. I have flown stunt kites many times.

The instructions for this kite assembly are pathetic. It comes with the parafoil, 2 lines complete with wrist straps, and a winder, which the instructions advise should be completely unwound before commencement.

I would very much appreciate it if you could advise where the 2 x lines should be tied to the kite.

And if once the lines are unwound, does this mean the winder is redundant, until completion of flight.

Because as the moment this kite (http://www.kathmandu.com.au/accessories/recreation/power-kite-green-white.html) is going back to the store.

A:

I'm not a power kite expert, however, after having a good look at the enlarged image of this kite online, it did prove helpful.

Notice how the kite has 7 small keels. A slightly larger one right in the middle plus 3 on each side, including one on each wing tip. Each keel is connected to a short bridle line.

Here's the important bit. Another bridle line curves around from left to right, connecting to all those short lines from the keels. You can see this in the photo, although the lines are hard to see against the white background in places.

Take a look at the bridle lines near the right hand side of the photo. See how the connecting line goes on a bit further, after the connection to the right wing tip keel line. At the end there, one of the flying lines connects. Not sure exactly how, probably just knotted through a small loop. Or perhaps you Lark's Head the flying line onto the end of the bridle connecting line.

The left side should be exactly the same of course.

Regarding the winder - yes, I'd say it's just for line storage. Not to be used during flying.

Hope this helps!

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Oct 19, 2015
I tried the same kite the first time on a date
by: Anonymous

Took me 30 minutes (with it flapping in the wind) to get it rigged but finally did. Some of the bridles pre-looped and others Knot (ya punned).

It's been great since then though.

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