Kite Flying Stories

The First Few Years Of MBK

All the earliest kite flying stories recorded for the MBK website may be found here. Starting from March in 2007.

We used to get out at least once a week, and document everything that happened. Which kites we took, how high they flew, how long they flew, the weather conditions and so on.

Our catalog of kite designs has grown hugely since then. Try some for yourself - or your kid(s) - one day...

The Big MBK E-book Bundle is a collection of printable e-books. Each one is a PDF file download.

Warping back to 2007 now... At this time, our son Aren was a very cute toddler. He still got involved with the kite flying though, and we also took a few photos which you can find in the links below.

There's little Aren in the photo lower down on this page. The little green Baby Sled features heavily in our initial reports!



The Discontinued Blog

We used some blogging software for a while, with which we covered the period from October 2007 right through to March 2009. Since then, as you might already know, our occasional kite flying stories appear under the 'what's new?' link near the top of the nav bar. See up there on the left.

This material is presented in reverse chronological order. The latest reports first, in other words...

 

"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world. Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."

"I decided to run kite making as an elective again on this camp in the past week - so I bought all your e-books, a bunch of materials, and then took a group of 10 high school students through making the kites over 4 days. We built a diamond, a Barn Door, a Delta, and two skew delta kites. Again - every single kite flew."

Our Earliest Kite Flying Stories

It all started in March 2007, when we came home from the local kite festival. We had bought our toddler son a Baby Sled, so he could see a flying kite on a more regular basis.

After that, we moved on to making and flying the 1-Skewer series of small flat kites from bamboo BBQ skewers and freezer bag plastic.

For just a few cents each, these simple bamboo-and-plastic kites provided an amazing amount of flying adventure. Some were failures, but on the whole they did really well in moderate breezes. The air was rarely smooth, but that just added to the fun!

KIte Flying Stories - toddler Aren playing with the Baby Sled kite.Aren (2 yrs) & Baby Sled
KIte Flying Stories - toddler Aren playing with the Baby Sled kite.Aren (2 yrs) & Baby Sled

Here are all the kite flying stories, with the latest posts listed first...

Archived Posts From Oct 2007

Archived Posts From Sep 2007

Archived Posts From Aug 2007

Archived Posts From Jul 2007

Archived Posts From Jun 2007

Archived Posts From May 2007

Archived Posts From Apr 2007

Archived Posts From Mar 2007

Also from this era, here are a couple of reports on some duration and altitude record-keeping...

Duration Records

Altitude Records

Why not do a little DIY kiting yourself someday...

The Big MBK E-book Bundle is a collection of printable e-books. Each one is a PDF file download.

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  1. Flight Report:
    Tetra Takes Off

    Dec 14, 18 01:55 AM

    It's been a bit of an uphill battle getting a decent flight out of the heavy, crudely put-together 10-cell tetra... Earlier today the breeze was great but misty rain persisted for hours on end. Finall…

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Wind Speeds

Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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