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.
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.......
So, in the pouring rain today I was rotating the kite slowly in the middle of the wind window about a kites width above the ground, and I mean... slowly!
Flying Rev 1.5B vented, standard spars. My concern is arm span and the angle of the kite to the wind. I have to move back briskly when the kite was face up which gives an indication of the actual wind speed. Face down is less of an issue as we are aware and I was probably moving forwards at that point to compensate. The transition from left arm forward to right arm forward was continuous throughout the rotations. A 'slow march'.
If I can use an alternating full arm stretch with a Rev 1.5 would it actually be possible to utilise a Rev 1 'fully' in these conditions?
This is probably a rhetorical question!
Blackheath wet and muddy, no clear evidence of Canadian Goose shit today. They were down by the pond!
Wind N to NE, vented speed to begin with but fading as the front passed.
ATM had trouble with wet lines sticking with symmetrical twists but having got through that managed to grasp the concept of the 'bow and arrow' position for lateral passes and to hold the kite in a hover and move forwards (downwind).
We had adjusted lines to assess the 'feel' of the kite and to correct an incorrectly set length on one line by trial and error.
MW also had issues with settings and we increased 'brake' to give more 'pressure' on the kite.
Both fliers had been backing up hundreds of yards when the breeze was stronger. I had to rescue both of them from the lee of the roundabout. It is surprising how much a small group of low trees can interrupt the effective wind flow.
It is not teaching, just observing... They do the learning!
One role that needs to be addressed for future events will be a 'field organiser' who would get the fliers lined up and correctly spaced and then keep an eye on the fliers positions on the ground during a performance. (This should probably not be in the callers/leaders remit except for determining the overall configuration)
Another possible role is for a 'spotter' to home in on any flier who is having difficulties and to guide/advise them accordingly and may also involve relaying a '2nd strike invitation' to land their kite (and move off the field) as has been suggested elsewhere. (The caller/leader may need to initiate the request)
There may be other 'rules of engagement' that need to be discussed.
Reminder... Rule number 1. It is supposed to be fun so do not take it too seriously OK?
The caller/leader may have to be allowed complete discretion to determine the number of fliers and request others to leave the field. The fliers may need to confirm their agreement to this prior to taking part....
There are many sports where the rules are quite difficult to interpret but where the official has the final say. Given the precarious dynamics that might be involved we will have to give the caller/leader free reign IMHO.
It's Thanksgiving Day, we've been fed and it was time for a nap, however I decided I wanted a little time with my new Mesh Rev. The winds had been around 20 mph for at least an hour and I wanted some air time. I grabbed my photographer and headed down to the beach. I was a bit uneasy with the gustiness of the breeze, however I figured the "ventedness" of this kite would do okay. Elliot Shook, the maker of this kite says the total "vented" area is the same as that of a B-series, however, the vents are spread around the kite with equal spacing.
I'm not sure what I was really expecting, but I was totally amazed from my first launch. Smooth as silk, control - wow, I couldn't believe the control. Maybe it was the wind at my back that lead to my unsure expectations, wow, did say that before?
I live inland and I very infrequently have laboratory grade winds, I have learned to fly with winds that are frequently crap. Suddenly I had almost perfect control, suddenly everything was easy, suddenly I felt like I had "the touch".
I have flown dualies for over 6 years and Rev's for over 2 years. I have reasonable control with Rev's, not the greatest, but I can keep it from mowing people down and crashing every few seconds. I'm not ready to fly with iQuad, I'd like to join in on a mass fly someday, someday is a ways off.
But today, it was pure nirvana. A real confidence builder, sort of an epiphany moment so to speak.
Now for the thank you's!
Thanks Elliot for a very really fine, well built kite. Wonderful design and thanks for working with me on the color scheme.
Thanks to Dave Shenkman, I just reviewed "Rev it Up - Advanced Style", I was ready to "own my hover".
Thanks to Revolution for working with artisans outside their shop to bring in some really fine kites beyond the Rev brands. I really love my B-series and my Rev 1's, but today I had a special moment with a very fine kite.
And to Lolly for a special set of handles. (more on my "soft-touch" handles at a later date.)
After all it is thanksgiving.
So if each flier is on 4 x 120ft = 480 ft.
There are 36 fliers so 480 x 36 = 17,280 ft.
There are 5,280 ft in a mile if my memory serves me correctly so that make 3.27 miles of line.
With 54 fliers, 480 x 54 = 25,920 ft which is 4.9 miles.
With 100 fliers, 480 x 100 = 48,000 ft which is 9.1 miles.
Quite a lot of string!
Arrived in Wilmington, NC after an all night flight. Picked up the rental car and headed to our hotel at Wrightsville Beach. They took pity on the weary travelers and let us check in before 11am. Quick nap and we hit the beach. Ahhhhh, laboratory grade winds, 4-6 off the water with frequent Pelican flyby's. I think they freaked a couple of times by the big yellow/black B-series.
First flight for my standard with Race Rods. So responsive with the light winds, made a few pig-tail adjustments to the handles and I was off for a couple hours of relaxing flying.
After weeks of grueling weeks of work, finally a relaxing mental vacation.
More later. . . .
So, after finding out about great new flying field in our area, thanks Walt and Bazzer, we awoke to a beautiful fall day. Sun, light breeze and reasonable temperatures. But we're headed to North Carolina tonight so no flying kites this afternoon.
This will be my first flight with my new Prism hardcase. It's packed with my B-series Vented and standard. I'm removing the frame from my new Mesh Rev and my mid-Vent and putting them in the suitcase. Just finished putting sleeves on a 65' quad lineset. We're staying at Wrightsville Beach, ocean side room and 20 yards from the beach, Blackbeard's territory to be correct. I wanted a shorter line set for flying at high tide, mostly I'll fly my 90' lineset. So linesets, handles and kite stake are in the suitcase and ready to go.
Gotta go finish packing and finish getting ready.
Thanks to JB for putting this blog together.
Arrrgh, we's hopin fer some wind!
Ok , started this blog today.
Nice to share things with you.
My Name is Marc van der Graaf, i am 40 years old as i write this
I live in the Netherlands in the nice town called Wijchen.
I am married to Irma and i am father of 2 children, my daughter Floor ( 7 years now) and my son Jelle (2 years now)
I started flying revs in the summer of 2007.
1,5 years later i can say i've had so much nice experiences with quad flying i have to admit i am a total addict now !!!
Just some highlights:
- Summer 2007 : Started flying Revs
- Christmas 2007 : Joined Team Time Out (Dutch Rev-Team)
- Competed S.T.A.C.K-competition this year
- Won my first S.T.A.C.K - match this year
- Invited for S.T.A.C.K-Eurocup in Scheveningen/Holland and finished 9th ! (as a Rookie.....not 2 bad )
- Visited a lot of great festivals this year : Oostende, Berck sur Mer, Bristol, Scheveningen etc.
- Met so much great people: Team4Fun, Crazy Drivers, iQuad, Flic, Flying Squad, Decorators, Too much Fun, Ephemere,
Team Bolau, Ben D'antonio, Joe Hadzicki, and so much more .......
So, never having Blogged before please let me try to understand what is expected. (apart from the last two!)
I fly Revolution kites most weekends on Blackheath in SE London, sometimes with the team, The Decorators.
There are anecdotes and observations relating to this and related matters which I may want to record for my own and potentially, (who knows) other's interest!
I first posted (in 2007) on the Revolution Forum in respect of organising the Portsmouth/Bristol events in 2008. Occasionally/often responses to postings in the forum may be outside the topic in strict terms. OT in 'usenet' was a fairly strict designation but we may not want to go there.
There have been observations about the friendly and inclusive nature of the Rev Forums which I would endorse and I would applaud the careful moderation of the site. I have seen a couple of examples of individual posters getting over excited and have withdrawn some of my own posts as a result!
As I understand it, we can use the space to contemplate possibilities that we had not thought of previously, like the grid format! <grins>