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 as I get ready for Mackinaw Kite Festival I am just plain excited cause I get to get out of this office and come out to play for not
one event but two cause from the great lakes I'm off to Wildwood N.J. for more of the same and in Wildwood we are having more
of the Rev games which I did so badly at M.I.K.E., so Family be prepared cause this trophy is mine.... (even if I have to steal it)
But honestly I just have fun when I come east....... So in Mackinaw I get to fly with iQuad, then in Wildwood I get to
show how good I really can fly..... :confused!: Yeah I know but I do have fun...... So get the dust shaken off and
let's party cause it's time for a visit and some fun....... Ben :blue-cool:
Those four words, typed by John B. just hours before he would be leaving Japan were just what I needed. Perfect timing.
My friend and I were leaving on a three hour drive for a Fun Fly. The weather forecast, yet again, was not looking good. I was still feeling down about the lack of good weather, the lack of good flying and the lack of any kind of advancement. I didn't feel confident that I'd be doing any better with a snap turn this time than the last couple of times I tried to wrap my head around it. "It's just a kite", got me thinking that perhaps I shouldn't worry about anything at the fun fly and just do, well, whatever.
We arrived at the field to be treated to very little wind and pending rain. There were a few single line big kites staked and in the air and that was it.
The plan was to meet kitecowboy for the first time. I didn't see any other Revs in the field so wasn't sure if he just hadn't made it down yet or had to cancel. Mike, our host, said he was already setting up and pointed him out. He was busy getting his family set up with kites and hadn't broke out his lime/black b-series yet. Some quick introductions were in order then down to business. My friend got his foil in the air and Cowboy (Paul) and I set up our std sails with the race rods and 120 foot lines. Neither of us has tried the 120's before. I normally use 100 at home and didn't find it too different to go to 120, but Paul used much shorter so it was a big change for him.
It was a challenge to fly for both of us in the low (at best) wind and at times we just had to put down and just wait for more breeze. As we did get wind we worked and "getting closer" to each other and sharing the same air space. For us, that was a big deal. Neither of us have ever flown with another Rev pilot in the immediate area and we were more than a little concerned about a mid-air accident. I suggested that we try something "simple" like a circle and just do one line wrap before reversing. We decided the worst that could happen would be that we would fall out of the sky and need to untangle. So after a couple false starts and early bailouts we did a circle and undid the circle and stayed in the air. We gritted our teeth when our lines wrapped around each other and made the most horrifying noise I've ever heard. Clearly one must learn to not listen to that and to look beyond that twist 'cause it will freak out the first timer big time! At least we are not line wrap virgins anymore. I hope it was good for Paul as well... lol.
It was later in the afternoon, after the 10 minute rain shower, that things got most interesting. Finally a half decent wind came around so it was less fighting the wind to stay in the air and more "fun fly." We were able to manage decent enough hovers to put our leading edges together and maintain it for a few seconds. We called it "the bowtie". Everyone else calls it "kissing". I'm here to tell you it was a BOWTIE! We tried "stacking" which was much harder to do without banging the kites together. We shared air space with little fear of each other, but lots of fear from Paul's wife Candace (who was just flying her first Rev that day and scared us many times as it darted into the window from out of nowhere) and his six year old son Joe who drove a dual line around the sky with purpose and no fear and into our space as well. Thankfully we had brakes and reverse to get out of the way! Good practice for us since no time to think about it, just do it!)
My friend tried Paul's big foil and was doing good until a major gust took the wind from little to a lot instantly. He was airborne for a second then dragged about 20 feet. We missed it as did everyone else which he was grateful for, but he hurt himself enough to pack up for the last hour. His shoulders are a bit sore today, but he's still laughing about it. The story now is us "Rev Snobs" put the boots to him for flying a foil near us. He's upgrading his own foil now to a quad line and has been talking about a buggy so perhaps next year he'll be running us over.
Many highlights at the fun fly. I got to share the air with another Rev pilot, got to try tricks and moves that can't be done with just one flyer, got to just have fun and forgot about what I can't do (although I did manage a 12 to 3 snap turn once), was doing inverted, stable hovers with less brake than I have ever used before without the kite sinking in the process and got to be a celebrity with Paul as the local paper took our photos and information!
Probably the best, though, was meeting Paul and his family. If you have ever wondered what kitecowboy was like I can tell you that the way he is here is the way he was in person. A fun guy! We spent the majority of the time laughing and just playing in the air. The time went far too fast before we had to make our respective drives back home.
Thanks for the fun!
Side sliding a circle with 3 kites was today's spontaneous target.
Initially I wanted to describe the rolling ball but that was a little too ambitious for Jade and ATM (Ashley).
Surprisingly, the expected handle transitions are not actually required which is counter intuitive. Lock the handle positions and it seems that the kite will circle. (OK there may be some subtle inflexion involved) Crossing other lines does however confuse the issue somewhat.
I'm using the clip less handles and have tied staking loops to the tops. On reflection it is the lower clips that were catching, either the upper lines on the same handle or occasionally the other line set. I could not figure out how to snag the top connectors today and could not create a problem with the staking loops. With the handles held down at thigh level in long arm mode much of the time rather than in close proximity in front of the chest it was unlikely that the tops would be a concern.
We have always had to contend with elbows and shoulders in team flying so clip less handles will be a great help in reducing the point of failure. We will just have to get sets for 'everyone' now <grins>
If you are standing on the beach at Weymouth looking out to sea the horizon is dominated on the left by White Nothe. (A big chalk headland) To the left of the coastguard cottages on the tip of the headland there is a dip in the profile and then there is a small building, a mere blip at this distance. It was there that I first flew the cloth and aluminium tube box kite which was part of the kit provided to aircrew in the RAF cWW2! The view of Weymouth Bay from up there is etched in my memory.
Later I flew Delta kites at the same location and piloted one through the transition from land/sea to sea/land breeze one morning and found myself flying a kite facing the breeze.
I find it fascinating to catch thermal air movements with Revolution kites and just wish that there was a way to hitch a lift on the rising air and reel out the line as with a SLK Delta.
Flying the Blast on Blackheath today it felt very close on 100ft lines. I wondered how it would feel on 200 ft? In contrast we were flying 1.5B fully vented so there was a considerable difference in effort...
I must get the Paul Morgan Mega Delta out one of these days <grins>.
Well just got back from M.I.K.E. and it was a great event, great weather, good wind, and lots and lots of Family..... I brought out
the new fades by Bazzer and they went over well for sure and the flying I got to do personally was really good and even better for
me........ So till these old kites meet the wind again be good to yourself and teach others to fly...... Ben :blue-cool:
It seems that we first went to Berck in 1990.
The team congregated in Berck on Friday 24th April 2009 in a different configuration but fully enjoyed the space and hospitality that some of us remember all the way back to that first visit.
This weekend we had eight fliers. Three could be described as 'newcomers to the current team' even if two of them have flown with us before.
We sketched out some new manoeuvres on the ferry between Dover and Calais on Friday and they were duly extended on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and included in the arena flight on Sunday afternoon.
The Mega Fly on Saturday was somewhat constrained by the arena space. Getting all the individual fliers up to 'a level of confidence' in their ability so as not to have to rely on 'comfort factors' seems to be a significant issue. Saying that, everyone did extremely well and I look forward to further collaborations on this scale.
Well I'm packing up my kite bag and getting ready to head for Ocean City MD for the M.I.K.E. event and as always it's shaping up
to be a Revolution event and with David Hadzicki coming I have to admit I'm excited cause he does not come out to play very
much with us any more....... So come on over and say hi to Dave and thank him for all his hard work behind the scenes to
make all of this work and iQuad can we get Dave on the line for a demos if possible so he can see the new face of Revolution Kites.
So till tomorrow see ya soon............ Ben :blue-cool:
It's repeat weekends like this that really make me question why I didn't Ebay these contraptions like I had planned last year.
We get two kinds of wind here now. Howling cold where no sane person wants to be outside and not enough to blow out a match. There is no " in between" and since I am a fair weather flyer that means most weekends are a bust for me. I watch the wind throught the office window druring the week and think it would probably be useable then come the weekend it is utter crap. I've had no decent wind for over a month now and it is starting to really frustrate me.
At this stage of the game I don't care to figure out flying in the exremes because for me they are unusable and I find I spend the whole time trying to adjust the kite to work in what is there or fighting with it to stay in the air. I can't learn anything and eventually roll it up and stuff it in the bag.
I also have about zero interest in going out by myself so unless there is someone available to do this with my air time is next to nothing.
At the current rate I will figure out a snap turn in 2015.
Remind me again why I bother because I think I've forgotten.
Glorious day, wind NE c10mph I think with plenty of sun. I am almost not jealous of everyone at Berck!
Flew the new Blast with SLE and muscle memory kicked in almost instantly. Having flown the Shockwave or Supersonic when flying individually for quite a few years it was great to fly a larger sail which corresponded so closely in configuration straight out of the bag. Treacle or slo-mo (call it what you will) felt totally familiar and with generous 'forward' on the carbon wrapped handles Leading Edge face up hovers were no problem. Snap clockwork stops were simply scaled up from my memory of the smaller speed series kites. I will have to try the bridle variations but suspect that I will be insensitive to the differences for the time being. I really look forward to flying this kite with the lighter leading edge. I think that it could be my 'no wind kite' for hitching lifts on thermal currents <grins> (flying on 100ft, 200lb lines today)
I have said before, and happily repeat today, that flying the speed series kites informs the flying of Rev 1 or Rev 1.5 quite dramatically. Picking up the Mid-Vent JB Pro that also arrived this week after flying the Blast was almost surreal. I was also impressed by the range of this configuration compared to the standard sail or full vented. I had not flown one before and now fully appreciate the extent of the gap that it fills between the other two sails.
ATM and Jade flew in with full vented 1.5s and both of them have obviously learned a great deal in the last few months. There is, it seems, no point in rushing. The learning curve will look after itself....
Now, which year was it that we first went to Berck-Plage?
In a high wind the handle loading would be best (most comfortable) when the kite is neutral so there is no forward/backwards tendency.
In a light wind the handle loading would be best when the kite is square on to the direction of movement so that the maximum benefit can be derived from the pilot's input.
QED or something equally desperate...
A long weekend, no big plans, should be perfect for many hours of flying. NOT!
Friday brought icy cold howling winds. Managed a frustrating couple of hours with the vented, four wrap rods and tons of brake. At least I wasn't being yanked around the field, but it was like being on a bucking bronc as the wind gusted and switched direction.
Saturday, a perfect breeze. Had the kite at my parents farm and set everything up on the 50 foot lines to try them out. No sooner was I ready than zero wind. Waited and waited then packed things up. Back in the city the wind was blowing a bit more so tried it again. First time on short lines and light wind brought frustration and after an hour that wind was gone as well.
Sunday, a nice wind. Had the standard out for 60 seconds before it turned to howling and shifting directions again from W to N and back again. Out again with the vented and four wrap and a lot of brake. Wind sort of straightened out and calmed a bit so had about an hour before it started getting too cold for what I was wearing. At least no bucking bronco this time out.
So, three days and barely four hours of flying. A little frustrating.
But, there were some positives.
The short lines were frustrating but by the end I was over-controlling less and over control has always been a problem for me so using them more often should help as others have mentioned.
I was able to fly the kite in some pretty high winds which I would never have attempted a year ago. Half the time it was a battle, but one that I was winning.
I had some amazing slides in the higher wind. Really wide and nice and parallel to the ground. I was also able to do them a lot lower than I had been which always looks super cool. Same with the inverted hover. The vented makes them so much smoother. I can't believe how much time I spend inverted now when just last fall I thought I'd never do it!
I pushed my boundaries and looked towards the more complicated idea of an axel. This will be my goal for 2009 along with a decent snap turn!
So, the weekend wasn't what I wanted it to be, but I took another small step forward. I'll take another one the next time out as well.
Grey day with 3-4 mph maximum to start. A few drops of rain initially, gradually brightening with the mist lifting.
Flew with ATM and Jade alternating leading left and right. I called from the centre some of the time. It can work to a degree. ATM finally realised that I had maintained the three kites with crossed lines for a considerable length of time while the fliers moved in line and in parallel. Getting used to line contact can only be done for real.
Also tried to hang the kites (1.5B Race Rods) facing left or right with maximum arm stretch. It is not possible to 'grip' the handles in this situation. It has to be 'finger tips', especially for the transitions.
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: