No Arvo Flight Yesterday, Responsibilities are beginning to creep in on my flying time
Well I Joined up to KiteLife… Very Happy about that. I feel that the Contribution that KiteLife makes to the Community needs to be supported.
And all those Sweet Tutorials are Pretty good too
I have been Downloading them onto My Ipod Touch.
To Paraphrase SparkieRob, I have a John Barresi In my Pocket.
This morning was nice, Light to Moderate winds when I set up the STD with 3 Wrap and 80# lines
I got in about an hour of Side Slides and Hover Position Practice.
Also doing some Power Dives too, that sudden stop is so sweet.
I was about to pack up when the wind dropped right down, A smile came across my face as I remembered my recently created 50# X 50’ lines.
Away went the regular lines, Out came the 50’s, Frame change on the standard to 2 wrap all round.
In under 5min I was ready to go.
My First though when I was standing there, handles at the ready, “Hey the Rev Looks bigger up closer”
Then it was only a matter of remembering all the Light Wind and Sail Loading stuff from John’s vids....
With A couple of Refresh looks at the Vids (Go go Pocket JB!) I was away.
I was able to Power up to a good height with 4 steps backwards and do Inverted Glides with 9 steps forward. Easily making up Ground.. Yeh!
I got the Side-Side climb going a few times too. All in about 3-5km/h (2-3mph) Ok not super light but Much lighter than my Previous flying efforts.
Awesome Morning. Two Great winds.
I would like to take a moment to talk about my Rev Kit.
B Series Blue/Black STD (3 Wrap)
B Series Purple/Black VTD (4 Wrap)
2 Wrap Frame
Second 3 Wrap frame
2 x Standard Handles with the B series Leaders
50# x 50’ Lines
80# x 85’ LPG Lines
150# x 85’ LPG lines
2 x Weight sets for the B’s
Golf Ball stake (Given to me by SparkieRob, thanks again)
(Soon a Mid vent Lime/Black will pop itself in there on the spare 3 wrap, Sail only on the way)
All of this is kept in a Hard case from a Dual line kite I have had for ages.
One thing that is awesome about this is, I can fly with my Kit slung across my back like a quiver.
I even have my Wind meter on the Strap. I can walk around as I fly without needing to stay close to my stuff. If anyone needs the Area I am in I can walk the kite elsewhwer and not need to go back for anything. I highly recommend keeping your kit easily portable if you can.
Of course if You bring a dozen Rev kites with you that’s great too.
I guess I get the purpose of them, but don't think I will have much use for them myself.
I bought a set of 50 foot this past winter. My idea was to use them if the wind was too light for anything else and to give me a couple more options for flying spots. Today I felt I had the perfect conditions so gave 'em a go.
Basically, it was like learning everything all over again. I had more wing flips than I could count and it was impossible to figure out that level of brake the kite would be happy with for more than a minute. I spent half the time just adjusting the top leaders trying to figure out what would keep it in the air the longest. Overall, more frustrating than fun which is not where I want to go with my flying.
In the end the wind ended up being dead and I discovered their best feature... quick to wind up. Some days it is better just to not go out I think.
I've tried the lower end on the wind scale so today I had a chance to dabble at the higher end. I can't say the stronger wind was my cup-o-tea. I went with the B-Series vented right off and the Race Rods. That lasted for about ten minutes before the wind got even stronger. I moved to the four wrap and kept letting the brake out a couple knots at a time until I could manage some control. Forward was difficult, but at least I wasn't getting dragged around like my friend with his two line foil. It was still tiring.
I continued to work on inverted hovers and inverted slides. Even with my favored vented the wild wind and gusts made it hard for me to maintain much stability inverted hovering or sliding. I don't think I could react fast enough was half the problem. I had a few windows where I could get a good slide going or a good hover before being jacked around again with the wind and fighting just to keep the kite under some control.
The nice thing is, for the most part, I did keep control even in the high winds. I don't think I could have done it a year ago so that is progress of a sort. With the high wind I also got some really wide slides which was pretty cool too!
The big thing I really wanted to do today was an axel. Now, I know it probably would not have happened and probably the kite would have spent a lot of time on the ground, but I had studied the tutorial by JB and I had the basic idea in my head of what I would need to do. Unfortunately it didn't happen. There probably is a way to get enough slack in high winds to pull this off, but there was no way I was figuring it out today. My game plan was to get a nice sliding going then jump in with the step forward, handle back/handle forward and just see what happened. Today I couldn't get any slack so I thought it best to save the attempt for when the wind is a bit more reasonable. I don't recall ever seeing an axel in high wind and if it is possible it is something for the pros, not me.
So, I was content with inverted hovering and sliding and just trying to see how much I could control with the wind what it was. In the end I think I did have moments of good control One of my friends came out to take pictures and I was able to keep the kite in position for extended periods of time while she shot. I'm hoping she captured something cool!
My kite flying friend Ken said he was all for heading off to Alberta in early May for a fun fly there one Saturday so that trip looks like it's a go too. Should be fun. Hoping tomorrow the wind is a bit less wild and I can work on fumbling the axel. I have Ken on stand-by to pick up the kite!
Some good smooth wind today for 1.5s at Blackheath. Jacob coached some great 4 person repetitions (not practice, just piano scales) with Jade, ATM and I. Both of them, Jade and ATM, are getting the individual control but still learning the challenges of the team environment. There is only one position, for a team flier in the sky, which is the correct one... They were introduced to a number of the regular Decs routine elements.
Other news is that, in addition to Romney Johnstone re-joining the team this year, David Ellison will be flying with us, as from Berck and Rougham.
Another light and variable wind day. No good for Berck training but we did put ATM 'in the middle' for some 3 kite repetitions. There is no point in giving a beginner the easy option.
Jade and I had earlier flown some 'treacle' moves in line and in parallel. I think that once fliers have grasped the concept, as Jade obviously has, there will be scope for interesting developments in team and mega-team flying.
At the end of play ATM had the misfortune to catch the leading edge of the staked kite that he was re-positioning on the ground with his foot. The result was a broken leading edge and a string of silent expletives. He will have to call the local supplier of UL 1.5 spars!
We may go to Dunstable next Friday....
Clock change weekend so an early start seemed appropriate given the forecast for gradually reducing wind speed.
3-5 mph translated to nothing really so it was a bit of a waiting game. Fly when you can and expect to respond to 90 or 180 degree shifts was the order of the day.
Jacob arrived around midday and we eventually put 4 wrap Rev 1s up. Caught a thermal under a Cumulus cloud at one point simultaneously with both kites on vertical lines. You have to be careful not to pull the kite over the top...
Encouraged ATM to work on leading edge down hover. He was making good progress. Suggested walking forwards to get gradual descent, backwards to gain altitude. I will have to suggest the angled hovers next weekend. The visual feedback is critical....
I then went into reverie mode trying to pin the kite to a position in the sky in horizontal hover with varying wind speed and direction. c20 minutes later I thought it was time to take a break.
Some good 'treacle' flying with long arm moves to keep the illusion flowing as the breeze dropped away occasionally. Jade was in parallel for some of the time. I will be very interested to see this included in team flying soon. (if not mega team <grins>)
Well as I gear up for the Adelaide Kite Event I got to tell you I just can't wait for this trip...... Things are
shaping up to be another Rev event for sure but what's even better I'm getting a bit of R & R and some time to
really play..... As you can tell I'm chomping at the bit per say and really want to see some of Australia and get in
some kite bugging in and just visit with some old friends and new Family members...... Yes, yes,yes, I'm headed
Light variable wind today with 180 degree shifts. The fluctuations in wind speed meant that, at times, the 4 wrap spars were taking the strain in the JMH Rev 1 sails. Lighter sparing would have been risky!
The sail I picked up had not had the vertical bungees tightened but once adjusted all was well.
Following with Jacob, Jade and ATM was not inspiring but some parallel work looked quite neat with some crisp 180/stops, up and down.
I have identified one difficulty in 'long arm' technique which is similar to the 'hand to chest' syndrome. Sometimes, a long pull of the arm is required and it may not be intuitive to sweep past at knee level. I notice that Ben has been photographed on a number of occasions in this mode <grins>
Looking forward to another 'not winter' day next weekend!
An early start today in anticipation of 'afternoon' showers.
Blustery conditions '18mph plus' provided the opportunity to try some long arm, treacle effect flying with the vented 1.5B. How slow can you go?
I wonder if we should actively avoid any 'following' team routines. Apart from the line wraps it is not really very interesting IMHO.
Heavy rain later after rising wind speed justified the early start.
PS Jade showed me the Prussic knot which could provide incremental adjustment for leaders rather than relying on pre-tied knots. It would be interesting to see if it really stays in place in practice. 09/March/2009
Hello Family and as I shake out the sand from Huntington Beach Kite Party I just have to smile cause we really had a great time..... The crowds were awesome and the Family was out in force to entertain and just have fun...... I have some real special thanks that I'd like to say and who comes to mind are Big Bri and Family, Sailor, Jynx, 180 Go, and IKE and team To Much Fun, and last but not least JB for what he brings to the table, the the host who even if he was to busy to come play still puts on a killer event Dave S. from Kite Connection..... To tell you the truth I really need to thank all who were there cause with out you none of this would be possible...... Ben :blue-cool:
Light breeze on Blackheath today. Johnny turned up (by bicycle) and with the help of Jade and ATM we put up 5 of the JMH Rev1s with 4 wrap spars. Precision in turning is where everything seemed to focus for all of the fliers.
I am very interested in the latest news on the Revolution site:-
"Also, look for the introduction of the new Blast being flown by Team iQuad at a festival near you."
I have mentioned my interest in the speed series kites previously.
I wonder if anyone can remember which team was considering using Super Blast kites for low wind team flying and in which year? I cannot offer a prize but anyone with an idea could start a thread in the forum!
Well here I am another day older and better looking, ha, ha, ha, ha, wow "what a long strange trip it's been"........
As most of you know this was both a good year for me and one that has been full of sadness, what has happened is thru all that has happened I have grown and become a better person..... What is really funny is thru all of this you out there have come on this amazing journey with me, we have flown Revolution kites from the deserts of Kuwait, to the shores of England, to the ends of Japan, we have been down town Paris, to down town Washington D.C., we have watched the sun set on the Pacific that day and rise over the Atlantic the following day....... When this all started I never thought my life would be shared with with so many people over a world that is interconnected by kite lines, where even when I had no idea what the person next to me was saying they were still there with me shoulder to shoulder because they were a part of my Family and they like myself had a passion for something greater than ourselves....... There have been many, many great gifts that could be held in our hands during this great journey but the best gift that I personally have gotten thru all of this has been all of you, you have been my gift, you have been my strength, you have been my Family, and for this I want to just say "thank you" and remember that this gift of Family never goes bad nor ends, for it as life is eternal..... Today is my birthday but even better it is a day where I get to tell all of you thank you and let's get together
again soon....... Ben :blue-cool:
ATM flew in with Jacob, Jade and I today.
He had been flying the 'on the spot' 90 degree turns including 'leading edge down' earlier. (following on from last week)
Jacob called The Decs 'opening manoeuvre' as well as 'ladder-up/down' which call for some focus and space limits. ATM said he could do the moves as long as there was plenty of escape space. My observation would be that it is possible to get an inexperienced flier to do some very cool moves (read that as 'not trivial') so long as the expectation is not for perfection at the outset. The fact that a move is apparently being executed with ease either side of the inexperienced flier is an great incentive for them to 'learn how to do it' without getting bogged down in the 'practice' syndrome or worrying about the specific controls involved.
I am reminded of the 'not team fliers' who claimed levels of expertise which they thought should qualify them to take part in a team project! <grins>
A small scale frontal event crossed Blackheath today with shifts in wind direction and speed. The lowered dark edge line of clouds illustrated this very effectively. I wish that I had taken time out to photograph the transition.
Attached is an image from a few weeks ago instead!
Today after putting Jade in a close following scenario* we tried 90 degree, on the spot turns. Facing left, down, right, up, left etc. then reversing. MW didn't quite get it and twice careered through threatening to take everyone out. ATM got the idea but wanted to work on the face down hover. I suggested that momentary stopping was the way to go.
Leading edge up, grounded, stepped rotations proved an interesting consideration of brake/forward set-up. 1/4, wing tip, 3/4 points all need plenty of forward to deliver. It is not possible to throw these moves, lines need to be set with plenty of forward...
I am still working on finding a way of describing the similarity of long arm flying in both low and high wind situations.
*PS Jade did brilliantly in staying calm and getting back into position... as necessary! FJM
Hello Family spent the night editing photos for another project and figured I'd post a few here also, well as I get ready to go to South Padre Island Texas I really can't wait cause I need to just get out and fly..... You know I think I want to made a slideshow of photos and music but I have so many pictures I can't seem to pick out which ones to use... The world of Ben sure is a strange place, a few days in the office then off to another location to play wow I really do love this job......Ben
Hello Family I just got back from South Padre Island Texas and what a great event for all, the guys from iQuad did their new routine and it was in a word GREAT, yeah back in black....... Really it was a great event and the crowds were huge and the kind folks at B and S kite in South Padre were so good to us....... I'm also sending out some photos of my new motto ( add rev's big smile)...... Wow what fun...... :blue-cool: Ben
okay time for :blue-sleepy:
After a string <grins> of high wind days c3-5 mph was on offer at Blackheath today. Jacob turned up and eventually we put up a set of team Rev1's and had Jade and ATM doing some basic moves. The JMH graphics looked great. Too busy for pics!
Jade and ATM quickly found effective control of the Rev1 with 4 wrap spars!
5 fliers. 3 1.5JB, 1 Anniversary, 4 JMH Rev1.
On Blackheath today it was 15mph plus, I guess, from the East with snow flurries blowing through and great cloudscapes.
I have been trying to see how far the long arm technique can be extended into high wind situations. Rather than using the forward/brake control of the handles I have been trying to hit the balance point where the wing of the kite only moves forwards with a full pull of the arms.
Instead of adding brake by adjusting line lengths I have been shifting my grip on the handles way down from the tops. It is a risky strategy in my previous experience but it does seem to deliver those high speed, no wobble stops, at any orientation. Also helps with the 'treacle' mode!
11am - 1pm Five fliers, 4 1.5 JB vented, 1 1.5 10 year old vented.
Hello all and it's Friday and yes it's raining with that said I was going thru photos and thought I would share some more of my personal photo journal with everyone, I need to get off my and have a hard back book made and put them all together cause some of them are just way cool.....So here's some of my favorite people and some of my favorite kites.....Ben
Hello Family this blog is going to be about my travels and adventures as we take this to parts both known and unknown and to just share my personal thoughts and to perhaps give the world a peek of the world I live in and to share this world in depth....
So with that being said let me start, as I come home from the Kite Trade Show I was really happy to take the award for the best manufacturer but was even better was the support from the stores that were there.....
From there it was off to Treasure Island and wow what fun we had as a Family had, the winds were good and the people were even better..... We just had a blast and the flying was just a plus and all in all I think this trip will be one for the record book.......
Al, Rich, Laura, thanks for all the help and a big thank you to Jay Nunes and his team.......