Kite Flying Log

May 2007

Date: Wed 25 May 2007
Location: Old Reynella (reserve)
Weather: Moderate breeze, gusty, cloudless
Kite(s): Modified Baby Sled

Comments: Looked like a decent breeze outside, but turned out to be pretty variable down at the reserve. Got all the line out a couple of times, but not much chance of keeping the kite in the air for long. Soon came home, with a cranky toddler in the pram. Anyone out there getting sick of this baby sled kite? Patience, patience...

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Date: Wed 23 May 2007
Location: Old Reynella (reserve)
Weather: Moderate breeze, gusty, sunny patches
Kite(s): Modified Baby Sled

Comments: Windy weather due to a cold front on its way through. Windy periods cycled every few minutes, but on average was enough to keep the kite in the air for many minutes at a time. Set the current duration record in fact. Started to pack up when Aren's squeals signaled his tiredness with the whole affair.



Date: Sat 19 May 2007
Location: Holden Hill (reserve off NE Road)
Weather: Strong breeze, gusty
Kite(s): Modified Baby Sled

Comments: Wintry day, cool wet weather. Strong breeze up higher, but lots of turbulence down low due to large trees. The little sled had a wild ride. Saw the effect of large-scale wind swirls from the trees and also a little thermal activity due to sunny patches opening up once in a while. Reached the limits of this kite on its standard cotton line!



Date: Mon 16 May 2007
Location: Old Reynella (vacant lot, then reserve)
Weather: Moderate breeze, gusty
Kite(s): Modified Baby Sled

Comments: Another thermic day with big gusts and wind shifts. Noticed how the kite would sometimes go up a few meters with only a light pull on the line. That has to be rising air! Very small scale, only a few meters off the ground. Hardly enough wind to get all the line out though, so off we went down to the reserve. This is a slightly hilly area, and sure enough, there was significantly more wind strength at the reserve. It's only 300 meters or so away from the vacant lot. Briefly got all the line out, but no height record this time. :-( Aren had fun holding the handle, with the line fed through a loop in his pram harness.



Date: Mon 14 May 2007
Location: Old Reynella (reserve)
Weather: Moderate breeze, gusty
Kite(s): Modified Baby Sled

Comments: Time to test out the additional tail, stapled to the middle of the trailing edge. Tail was cut from a lightweight plastic shopping bag. Managed to get 3 meters (10 feet) or so. Very thin plastic, ideal for a small kite tail. It's winter here, but it was a thermic day. Big gusts and shifting wind direction as thermals passed through. Got all 18 meters (60 feet) of cotton line out, a few times. Aren enjoyed holding the line while seated in his pram! The baby sled never looped once, so the tail was working well. A 45 degree dive was about the worst it did, and it probably won't even do that in smooth air.

 

The story or stories above document actual flying experiences. My write-ups are definitely warts-and-all since things don't always go totally as planned. However, half the fun of kiting is anticipating the perfect flight. When it happens, it's magic!

 


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