One Handed Kite Flying

by Donald Hawecker
(CA, USA)

Hi, my name is Donald Hawecker. About 13 years ago (Sep 4 2000) I was coming home from the park, just finished flying. Turned out the park got hit from behind by a truck doing 65.

Well, after I woke up and found out that I didn't have a left arm and a left leg below the knee, I thought my fun of flying was over. My kites were in the rafters and I didn't even think about flying. Or even going back to the same park. I got to thinking I want to try again.

Well I been flying every day for 4 months now at Deaza Narrow Park in Riverside CA on Jupera Ave. I fly my stunt kite with one hand, and I am very good at it. I feel the high of flying again. Come to riverside and say hi. I fly every day the wind blows. And in the Santa Ana river bottom it blows good. Look for me you can't miss me.

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Awesome!
by: Anne

Hello Donald,

That is so cool that you still can fly. Is it hard to launch the kite? I haven’t flown a kite in years.

I suffered a stroke in 2014 and don’t have use of my left arm and leg. Thought that kite flying was in my past. Actually gave my kites away.

Seeing your video, and seeing this site has inspired me to want to try again. I’m unsure of how to wind the line in or letting the line out. I never launched from the ground. Any pointers would be appreciated.

Regards -
Anne

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YouTube video
by: Anonymous

Hi all, it's me Donald Hawecker. Check out my YouTube video titled 'one handed dual line kite flying'. Hope you enjoy it.

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April 1 2013
by: Anonymous

Hey bud, was good flying with you yesterday. The wind was a little choppy, must have been from the storm. I dig your new Prism kite. Still thinking about what you want to accomplish with trying one lead shorter so you have more control.

One idea I had was some sort of stationary control block, almost like a joystick or better off like a backhoe operator would use to where you could control kite with one hand by pulling back or forward on levers.

It was good flying with you again.

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One handed kite flying
by: Donald Hawecker

I got a video on YouTube check it out if you get a chance - "one handed dual line kite flying" hope you like it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xixk8556TmA

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Robotics
by: Humanoido

Great story and never give up! Being in robotics I can tell you what's coming down the pipeline and that's robotic hands, arms and legs that turn a person's disability and handicap into a great advantage! I wish you great luck in exploring everything available to advantage your kite flying and enjoyment of life.

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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thanks for comm. I love to fly so much I try to everyday. I am the commissioner on disabilities so it's hard sometimes. And I got to make sure I don't run out of power on my wheelchair. LOL.

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Congrats
by: Tim Parish

That's a very unique and inspiring post about the joy of kiting! Particularly so since you are a multi-line stunt flier.

I can't visit any time soon since I'm based in Adelaide, South Australia - but a few other kite fanciers from CA might turn up, after they spot this post.

Keep cutting figures - and maybe drop into a kite festival or 2. Draw a crowd and share the story!

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