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.
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>
David noted in his REVisions : Grid Economics article:-
'But, Felix Mottram, founder of The Decorators <snip> had an idea one night. Maybe it came to him in a dream, or he looked at something and an idea popped into his head, but he began to try and get some of us to get our head around it. And to be honest it made no sense to me initially, I know I had problems visualizing how it would work. I don’t think I “really” got it until such time as Felix worked a group of us through it in Uchinada earlier this year.'
'And, the first time I got to experience it first hand was in Uchinada Beach where Felix had managed to make his way over to the festival.'
I had started to try and document the process of getting a large Revolution Team event together by copying all the messages in the Revolution Event 2008 thread into one place but it was too painful.
I arrived at the idea of the Grid in 1993 and wrote to Revolution at that time.
Having proposed the Portsmouth/Bristol events it was apparent that all the players would need to be on-side if we were going to attempt the Grid format. Having been at the rained off event at Uchinada in 2004 I had some reason to try and get there again.
Serendipity comes to mind.
Early morning snow followed by rain finally cleared around midday so a late trip to Blackheath.
Bright sun for a while and then a passing shower with a complete, perfect rainbow.
Variable breeze, vented 1.5B for me and 10 year old vented for ATM who is getting the hover and 180s with leading edge vertical some of the time.
Looks like the clock 12:25 on the edit page is on New York time!