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 i
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 lef
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
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 strik
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
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 adjustme
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 li
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:
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. Occasiona
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 Uchi
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!