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.

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

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. After you scroll down a bit, you'll see how you can try some for yourself - or your kid(s) - one day.

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. It was often convenient just to hand Aren the winder while he was sitting right there in the pram :-)

There's little Aren in the photo. The little green Baby Sled features heavily in our initial reports! It's still out there in the shed but rarely gets a fly these days.

So many kites, so little time...

Here's a sample flight report from way back in October 2007, to give you some idea of what lies behind all those links further down...

Barn Door Kite Flies During Severe Weather Alert

The weather was getting wild outside, although there was no rain or lightning. Just a stiff gusty breeze, and a bit chilly. Just for fun, and on the spur of the moment really, I headed outside into the back yard with the MBK Barn Door kite. For extra stability I had attached a triple tail. Three looped tails, each just over 2 meters long.

Within half a minute, the bridle, tail and flying line had hopelessly tangled into each other. This was because of the unpredictable swirls of air coming around the walls of the house. About 15 minutes later, after going inside the verandah and patiently untangling everything, I came outside for some more punishment. :-)

This time I managed to get the little barn door kite in the air, and quickly let some line out. The kite managed the weather surprisingly well, considering some of the gusts must have been over 30 kph! In fact, although I didn't know it at the time, there was a current Severe Weather Alert for Adelaide.

Out of all the rather short flights, the best was when I managed to get most of the cotton line out before the kite hit anything. For a very satisfying few seconds, it flew at about twice the height of our house roof during a slight lull in the gale. At other times, it raced left and right while struggling to right itself. All in all, there were many eventful moments...

  • hitting the roof, and relaunching from there
  • tangling in the Hills Hoist clothesline, while it spun in the breeze
  • the tail getting blown against bushes
  • a near miss with the TV aerial
  • tricky moments below 3 meters while the wind suddenly changed direction by 180 degrees

Through all this, that little bamboo stick holding the bow in the cross spar stayed put. It didn't budge, despite all the trauma! Amazing.

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, our occasional kite flying stories appear under the Home | what's new! link in the nav menu.

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


Wind Speed Handy Reference

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

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!

The tiny MBK 1-Skewer Delta in flight.MBK 1-Skewer Delta
The tiny MBK 1-Skewer Delta in flight.MBK 1-Skewer Delta

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

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