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 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...

Archived Posts From Mar 2009

Archived Posts From Feb 2009

Archived Posts From Jan 2009

Archived Posts From Dec 2008

Archived Posts From Nov 2008

Archived Posts From Oct 2008

Archived Posts From Sep 2008

Archived Posts From Aug 2008

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Archived Posts From Jun 2008

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Archived Posts From Apr 2008

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Archived Posts From Feb 2008

Archived Posts From Jan 2008

Archived Posts From Dec 2007

Archived Posts From Nov 2007

Archived Posts From Oct 2007





Our Earliest Kite Flying Stories

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

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!

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 Book Bundle is a collection of printable e-books. Each one is a PDF file download.





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What's New!

  1. Flight Report:
    Paper Delta Inland Again

    Jul 17, 18 09:45 PM

    Time was short and the breeze direction was ideal for the inland place I flew at last time.... So yesterday it was another inland fly for the Paper Delta Mk3. It turned out I was a little premature wi…

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

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

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

Strong breeze
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