MBK Delta Kite Stories

Featuring All The MBK Deltas

Every MBK Delta kite is a pleasure to fly in conditions that suit it. In the larger sizes Deltas are also very convenient to set up, needing only a quick attachment of the spreader rod.

These kites respond very well to rising air and sometimes seem to be sniffing it out, as they meander left and right on the end of a long line! In such air, they lean back and soar higher. 

Making The MBK Dowel Delta Kite is a handy e-book of printable step-by-step instructions. It's a PDF file download.

The Dowel Delta, in particular, has often amazed it's owner by staying aloft when there seems to be almost no breeze at all at ground level!


Here's a short-format flight report featuring the Dowel kite...



"2 KPH Near The Ground"

The sun was out, high altitude hooks of Cirrus ('Mares Tails') sweeping the sky. The wind? Barely a whisper most of the time. Just the occasional 4 or 5 kph gust from a nearby small thermal lifting off. Perfect weather for the pale orange Dowel Delta kite!

Dowel Delta on a short line for a photo shoot

Dowel Delta on a short line for a photo shoot

Launch was easy, letting out line just fast enough to maintain a 45 degree line angle. Bravely, I decided to go with 20 pound line to get the absolute most out of the big but light-pulling Delta. In these conditions, it's not the wind speed that tightens up the line the most, it's the vertical plumes of air which cause the kite to surge overhead from time to time.

After some pleasant flying around 200 feet or so, I let a thermal carry the kite almost vertically up to 400 feet. Slightly above the legal limit I guess tsk tsk tsk.

Corresponding to the sorties overhead were other times when the Delta would hang down at around 45 degrees, pulling hard but getting no higher in slowly sinking air.

A lazy loop would sometimes happen when the kite would get disturbed by a sudden drop in wind pressure and find itself pointed off to one side or even heading for the ground. Eventually it was time to pack up so I took 15 minutes or so to get the kite down slowly, right into my hands.

A check of the Windtronic meter showed an average wind strength of 1.9 kph and a peak gust to 5.3 kph.

If winds tend to be very light around your area, you'll love the Dowel Delta kite! Make one for this weekend.



Tim's Blog Posts
Featuring MBK Delta Kites

Since these are short-format reports, they are grouped together. The page links are in decreasing order of kite size...

MBK Delta Kite Posts - Multi-Dowel

MBK Delta Kite Posts - Dowel

MBK Delta Kite Posts - Skewer

If you are in the habit of checking the 'what's new!' link, you might remember some of these.



Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Delta Kites

The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Delta kite of one type or another...

Modified, Good In Thermals (Multi-Dowel)

Dicing With Sudden Wind Increases And Cloud Suck (Dowel)

Trimmed Out And Flying High (Dowel)

Amazing Flight In Almost Zero Wind (Dowel)

Smooth Stiff Breeze Keeps Line Straight And Spars Bent! (Dowel)

Pinned To The Sunset At 350 feet (2-Skewer)

Almost Zero-Wind, But Still Some Interesting Flying! (1-Skewer)

Testing Conditions, But A Great Little Flier! (1-Skewer)

Making The MBK Dowel Delta Kite is a handy e-book of printable step-by-step instructions. It's a PDF file download.

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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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