Kites: Site Blog

Welcome to this fun and educational Site Blog page on kites.

Keeping you up to date with our Flight Report posts and local kite club activities. Plus interesting kite-related news stories from around the world. Finally, there will be occasional contributions from visitors, which often includes photos or links to videos.

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Here's all the latest posts - enjoy....

Apr 22, 2018

Global News Report:
Chinese Kites In Hawaii

Kite experts offered glimpses into the far past. present and future of kites, with an emphasis on China...

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LAHAINA - Lahaina Restoration Foundation celebrated the world of kites at last week's Chinese Kite Festival and Kite Flying Day during the National Kite Month of April. Presented by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Wo Hing Society and Maui Toy Works, the event provided displays of ancient and modern kites from around the world, kite making crafts, games, Chinese foods and music.

"On Saturday morning, April 7th, at the Lahaina Cannery Mall, Kite Master Robert Loera demonstrated acrobatic sport kite flying, and the community enjoyed the colorful variation of kites that were flying high," said Busaba Yip, Ph.D., Wo Hing cultural director for LRF.

"Loera, a former U.S. stunt-kite champ and co-founder of the Hawaii Kiteflyers Association, always contributes his stories and love of kites to festival attendees."

Loera, his wife and his brother opened Hawaii's first professional kite center with stores on Maui and Oahu. The current Maui Toy Works in Lahaina Cannery Mall used to be named Kite Fantasy.

"I've traveled widely and enjoy sharing stories about my kite collection," said Loera. "I specialize in sports kites and love flying large, colorful display kites in Hawaii and around the world. I love seeing the smiles on people's faces as they gaze up at the colorful kites."

Yip explained some of the fascinating history of kites.

"Kites originated in China over 2,300 years ago, in the Chinese province Shandong, where materials ideal for kite-building were readily available: silk fabric for sail material; fine, high-strength silk for the flying line; and bamboo for strong, lightweight framework. The kite was said to be the invention of the famous Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban in the 5th century B.C. By A.D. 549, paper kites were being flown as a message for rescue missions."

The idea for kites came from a legend, The Chinese Farmer and His Kite. It tells of a Chinese farmer whose hat blew off his head because of a gust of wind. To keep it from blowing off his head again, he tied a piece of string to his hat. When another gust blew the hat off again, it sailed off into the sky and remained airborne while he held the string, and thus the first kite was born. It is also believed that the idea came from ancient banners that used bamboo reinforcements.

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SOURCE: Lahaina News

URL (full story and/or photos, video): http://www.lahainanews.com/page/content.detail/id/564747/Lahaina-event-celebrates-the-world-of-kites--Past--present-and-future.html?nav=19

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Apr 18, 2018

Single Line Kite Flying

This previously published page provides many general flying tips for single liners. The fruits of bitter experience!

Continue reading "Single Line Kite Flying"

Apr 16, 2018

Global News Report:
From Kites To Aerospace

Not your average kite event at all. For one thing, it's all indoors...

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Welcome spring with kite stories, kite building and kite flying during Family Day 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Visitors can observe the incredible sport of indoor kite flying by watching members of local kite clubs fly their kites indoors with no wind. This activity takes place in the event area next to the Korean War Gallery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other demonstration stations throughout the day will teach visitors about the properties of air and flying.

Participants can make their own sled kites during this month’s Aerospace Adventure from 1:30-3 p.m. in the event area next to the Korean War Gallery (while supplies last). Visitors may also bring their own kites to fly outdoors (weather permitting).

There will be two special presentations during the day on lightning safety. These presentations will last about 45 minutes and begin at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery in Building 4.

Visitors are also invited to attend a 15-minute briefing on the Museum’s extensive collection of presidential aircraft. These presentations will take place in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery and begin at 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Younger visitors can enjoy “Storytime” at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children can hear stories about kites and do a craft project.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary.

Some materials for the program are being provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.

The National Museum of the US Air Force has free admission and parking.The museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum.

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SOURCE: Fairborn Daily Herald

URL (full story and/or photos, video): http://www.fairborndailyherald.com/news/26257/celebrate-spring-with-kites

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Apr 11, 2018

Your Home-Made Kite

This previously published page provides many general tips for ensuring that a simple home-made flat, dihedraled or bowed kite flies straight and true.

Continue reading "Your Home-Made Kite"

Apr 11, 2018

Kites In The Park

Sunday, May 20 at 10 AM - 3 PM Spring Canyon Park Fort Collins, CO Grab your kite and come out to Spring Canyon Community Park for the 9th Annual Kites

Continue reading "Kites In The Park"

Apr 08, 2018

Flight Report:
Unexpectedly Perfect

According to the weather stations online, winds were going to be rather fresh for yesterday's club fly up at Semaphore...

Instead, a Gentle-strength Southerly was blowing along the sand. Perfect for most kites! On top of that, the expected temperature maximum of 34 degrees C didn't eventuate either. Again, very pleasant. So, although numbers were down, those of us who chose to fly had glorious weather for it.

Initially I just wandered around getting photos. It pays to do that first. Otherwise time flies and people start pulling down kites before you realize - oops - get the camera!

After capturing everything that was in the air, I wasted no time putting up my longer Multi-Fly Diamond train. Just 7 out the 9 at first to see how it went. Flying drogues on short bridles instead of long plastic tails is so much easier and convenient! This makes it much quicker to setup and pull-down/pack away. Not to mention less trouble during flight!

The train had a few minor problems at the Saturday of the kite festival on the previous weekend. Having fixed those, Monday unfortunately turned out too fresh to fly the longer train by the time other things had been done. Hence yesterday was an opportunity to check the results of the tweaking.

There were some quality kites up, having been bought from the designer Robert Brasington. Tony was flying a small train of 3 Deltas with graceful curved lines. The outlines that is, not flying lines or bridles! Also flying well was Tony's light-wind Delta.

Cristina had another Brasington Delta up. Vibrant colors, fairly large and sporting triple matching streamer tails. On close inspection - quality, quality, quality.

I eventually added on the final 2 kites to my train - making 9 Diamonds in all, reaching up to around 100 feet off the sand.

Without Andy on the field, Mike was flying the biggest kite on this occasion. A red Peter Lynn Pilot parafoil hoisting the Aussie flag. The flying line was also suspending a small ball on a separate line, just a meter or so off the ground most of the time. This provided plenty of entertainment for kids young and old... The idea was to hurl or kick the ball away and see it take a random path all over the place before returning!

It was a good club fly, with perfect co-operation from the weather.

Read more flying stories...

- Tim P.

"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

Apr 06, 2018

Adelaide Kite Festival 2018

Adelaide Kite Festival 2018 - photos ground-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-air!

Continue reading "Adelaide Kite Festival 2018"

Apr 04, 2018

How To Make A Dopero Kite

Not one of those big ones - this project results in a tiny Dopero that likes winds in the Gentle range - 12 to 19 kph or 8 to 12 mph. These are previously published pages...

Continue reading "How To Make A Dopero Kite"

Apr 03, 2018

Flight Report:
Adelaide Kite Festival - Monday

In contrast to Saturday when we first attended, there was adequate breeze right from the outset...

We set up our shelter in much the same spot as before and didn't waste much time putting up the Animal Train of 3 painted Tyvek Diamonds.

Others had kites up way before the official opening time of 11am. Obviously intending to make the most of good conditions!

After some time, adequate wind strength turned to ample. Holding up the wind meter above shoulder height it registered 16 kph gusting to 24 kph. Not long later, the meter read 18kph gusting to 26 kph. As the commentator had indicated over the PA, referring to a weather forecast, the wind was certainly picking up.

Just before mid-day, with plenty of color floating over the beach, I decided to do some KAP (Kite Aerial Photography). At this time, the direction of the sun allowed shooting Eastwards from the dunes. Two flights were done, capturing 40 shots at 15 second intervals each time. The second run had the camera shifted around by 45 degrees for a different perspective.

By now the breeze had really ramped up. The second KAP shoot was done with a full turn of flying line around my backside. Yes you read that right. With one hand holding the winder and the other resting on the line, it was a much more comfortable experience than the first shoot..

A small number of expert kite-surfers kept the crowd entertained by performing spectacular free-style moves and soaring jumps off of small waves. My son kept bugging me to look - but I'm more of a single-line guy :-)

Later in the afternoon, the increase in wind speed did not let up. Many of the largest kites were struggling. Listing off to one side or swishing about right at the top of their wind range. Unfortunately, I had missed the boat as far as putting up the 9-kite train of Tyvek Diamonds. To do it now would be risking damage to the kites. Gusts of 35 kph were spinning the little wind meter cups into a solid blur!

The tide was coming in as well, so there were anchor vehicles shifting position. Many kites were being taken down even before the official closing time of 5pm. Never-the-less, the public had once again been treated to a fantastic show of kites!

Read more flying stories...

- Tim P.

"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

Apr 03, 2018

Global News Report:
Kites Over Ice

There's this frozen lake in Iowa in the USA.....

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GO FLY A KITE! Words our Lee Cowan has taken to heart:

Iowans aren't ones to waste a winter, and in Clear Lake they are especially clear-eyed about how best to use their icy environs.

You see, here a frozen lake is an opportunity. At least that's how Kay and Larry Day see it. "There's no better flying field than a frozen lake," said Kay.

Yes, as in kite flying, where the frigid wind gives a lift to the spirit. "There's nothing better. And besides that, the colors look so beautiful against the ice and snow," she said.

This is home to the Color the Wind Kite Festival, a kaleidoscope at the end of a string. Its purpose is pure pleasure -- a distraction from the monotony of the season.

Larry came up with the idea for a winter kite show some 17 years ago, in part because he had more kites than he knew what to do with.

His signature is a 40-foot-tall teddy bear. "I don't want to go fly my big kites when there's only 10 people there," he said. "Kinda like you, you want an audience right?"

"We had no idea it was going to grow to this extent," said Larry. "7-8 thousand people, in a town of 8,000? That's quite a few people!"

Yes it is, and they all seemed to be on that frozen lake at once -- despite the "thin ice" warning signs.

"We're on 12 inches of ice. We're not going anywhere!" laughed Larry. "All these guys drove their cars out here today."

Sean Beaver was a tad nervous at first. But he soon found out that ice was more than just thick. Holes drilled through the ice allow wooden beams to be dropped through that anchor the biggest kites to Earth -- some of them longer than two school buses.

Overhead was Bucky, his 100-foot flying beaver.

What Kay and Larry Day have done with their frigid kite festival is give the Iowa wind a shape; a place for it to do more than blow in another winter storm, and instead color the sky with the breath of spring to come.

When asked if it's worth it, Larry replied, "Yes. I don't care if you're three or you're 93. It's peaceful, makes me smile, and it was fun!"

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SOURCE: CBS News

URL (full story and/or photos, video): https://www.cbsnews.com/news/go-fly-a-kite-color-the-wind-kite-festival/

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"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

 

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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
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