Paper Sled Kite

High In A Freshening Breeze

The blue and yellow MBK Paper Sled kite was showing a little wear and tear. But it wasn't from the rigors of it's 2 1/4 hours of logged flight time so far. Rather, it had got stuck in a tree on the most recent flight. Efforts to get it down, though successful, also incurred some minor damage! See, it happens to me too :-|

Down at the beach, the repaired bridle line proved to be spot-on in adjustment. Although bouncing left and right in the Gentle wind strength, the kite was pointing at about the same angle in both directions. Good! A sign that the Sled would settle down and fly straighter if the wind picked up.

After taking some photos with the Sled on a very short line, I moved down the beach a bit. With a little more line out, more photos were taken. A quick check with the wind meter revealed that the breeze was  averaging 16 kph with gusts to 19 kph.

As in previous flights at this location, seagulls soon took an interest in the hovering 'bird' with flailing tails. The gulls would pause in their ridge-soaring to approach the kite closely from downwind. Other gulls had near-misses with the almost invisible thread which stretched down to my bag on the sand!

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The tide seemed to be well out, so it was an opportunity to put the kite high up over a very wide stretch of sand...

Out went the polyester thread, turn after turn, until the kite was just a tiny colorful shape against the blue sky. Tails fluttering away, some 200 feet above dry sand. After dipping to 13kph for some minutes, the breeze came back and seemed to be building slowly in strengh. The Paper Sled kite was loving it, sitting fairly steady with just the occasional wobble to the left or right.

With the polyester thread secured by the weight of my carry bag, timing of the flight commenced. The aim was to complete 3 hours of unassisted flying, for certification. Today, there were 45 minutes to go!

There were more people than usual on the beach since Winter temperatures had gone. In fact it was warmer than average for this time of year.

Thankfully, nearly all the dogs were on leads. What with people and dogs unaware of the thread, it was a constant job to monitor them all. Just to  ensure that the kite remained connected to the ground! A few days ago a curious dog did snap the thread...

After 50 mins of air time, I started to bring in the Paper Sled kite. With a good solid tension on the line, it was a delicate job. Quite different to hauling in 200 pound braided Dacron!

When just over halfway down, another check with the wind meter showed the breeze had now reached 21 kph gusting to 24 kph. Any over-enthusiastic movement would likely part the thread...

It was now a race against time as I kept lowering the kite, only to have the thread snap a short time later. The blue and yellow sheets of paper drifted to the sand. In a safe spot, thankfully.

The breeze was now 24 kph with a gust to 28kph! It did seem to suggest that, with stronger line, this little Sled kite would remain in the air well into the Fresh range of wind speeds. Not bad for a few pieces of A4 copier paper! 

Despite the small mishap right near the end, it was a fantastic flight in fantastic weather! It might be some time before the Paper Sled kite flies again though... Because now it's full steam ahead to develop the MBK Paper Diamond.

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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