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  1. 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. I Have: 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. WA
    4 points
  2. Learning to Fly (Pink Floyd), “Into the distance, a ribbon of black Stretched to the point of no turning back A flight of fancy on a windswept field Standing alone my senses reeled A fatal attraction is holding me fast, How can I escape this irresistible grasp?” These Lyrics are from The Pink Floyd Song “Learning to Fly” Clearly someone had been flying a Rev when they came up with these. Well not really, it is about flying a plane, but there is certainly an “Irresistible Grasp” with Rev Flying. I expanded my Flying choices with a Supersonic and an SUL. The Supersonic was chosen as a Fun Machine, something to rip around the sky, giving me a break from technical Practice, yet still using my Quad skills and techniques. I believe I will be spending as much time as possible on the Quad lines for the foreseeable future. So I want to make sure I have options available. The Supersonic provides me a new outlet for Quad line. The SUL is white. I fell for it because, apart from its LE etc, the Sail is all white. I know the B series STD is very nice in light winds, I do use it on light days. The SUL provides slightly different response characteristics that are fun to play with. Besides, the White Sail floating gently in the Pre-Dawn breeze. Just Beautiful. I have had a whole bunch of great sessions lately. Every one of my Rev’s has given me some great Airtime. Yesterday I flew the Supersonic in some Moderate to Moderate-High winds. Boy is that thing fast. I know I over steer it a lot but it is so much fun. Fast Reverse, Super fast ground sweeps. The Dive Stops are the Best. Day before it was the Standard and the Mid. Swapping between as dictated by the wind. The B series are great kites, Stable and predictable. A couple of Mornings ago I floated the SUL around for 20 min as the Sun came up behind it. Then that afternoon I tore up the Sky with the Full vent in winds strong enough to make me step forward a few times. Each day the winds bring me something, never certain what it will be. I will offer up a Rev to the sky, every day I can. The Supersonic and SUL are fun, but they are not my focus. I am really trying to clock up the hours on the B’s. I understand that nothing will happen overnight. But I can see the good that the practice is doing for me. So Practice, Practice, Practice is my plan. But the Plan is what I am doing, not what I am having… Fun, Is what I am Having, as I “Learn to Fly”. WA
    4 points
  3. I am a Husband, Father, Brother, Son. I flew kites as a young kid, but my memories are vague at best. I really got into kites about 25 years ago, Single line kites to decorate the sky. My Interest has peaked and fallen a few times over the years. I was a member of the West Australian Stunt Kite Association, I met lots of great people and borrowed Many fantastic kites. We flew Dual line demonstrations at various places. Some of my Greatest Kiting memories happened with the WASKA. But then other things crept in and took my time away. The WASKA is no more now. I dont even know what happened to it. Over the years I have collected Dual line kites to cover wind range from 0-50km/h (0-30mph) I have single line kites too, from indoor gliders to display kites to a Big Sled. I have even made a few Single line kites too. My Pride being a 1.4m x 10m Hi-Viz Greenish Yellow Dragon. I got into Power Kites at some point. I have a Big Dual line Foil, and My First Quad a 2m sq Foil. Great fun but nothing like a Rev..... Back when the B Series was new I got a Black and Blue Standard (Package) and a Black and Purple Vented (Package) I had no real understanding of what I was getting though, and lacked confidence with them. I made a few attempts to fly them, but never got anywhere. So they got put away...... Some years later I find them again. I look upon them as a mistake, and decide to sell them. A friend of mine (A Single Line Kite Enthusiast) tells me "Never sell anything you have worked to save up for, you will always regret it." So I listened to him, and I kept them. A few months later I am posting on a different forum, about my Glider Kiting. It is a very slow forum though with few members. I ask a friendly member "Are there any better Forums?" I got supplied a nice list. Upon posting to one of these Forums, I Discover another West Aussie. I Enquire if he Flies Single Line, Dual or Quad. Quad is the reply, He even told me he used to have a Duallie but gave it away. Well now, Here is a chance to get some advice on the Rev thingies I have. I dust off the Case and we meet up. Well "SparkieRob" you opened my eyes. The Tips, the techniques, the enthusiasm, Awesome. Most importantly you gave me the Confidence to Try. Since that day I have not missed a weekday flight. I have been practicing everything I can. Hovering at every angle. Sliding in all directions, etc Since (Re-)Staring Quad on the 23JAN2013 I have been loving it. I hope my story was not too long, I hope you got something from reading it. I am still learning Quad, I probably will always have something to learn. My Kites are not "Pro" but neither am I.... WA
    4 points
  4. I am Back… Did you miss me? Well I have been missing Flying lately. I am Very Sorry to say this Blog took a back seat to everything else that was happening to me. I was still flying for a while, But only when I met up with SparkieRob. But now I am Back into Flying again, Made three trips to the park this week so far, and I am glad to say it has been worth it. Tuesday Afternoon was my first session, where I discovered that the battery in my wind meter had died. I will sort that out later. By Feel the winds were going moderately high on the Gusts but it was mostly in the Mid range of winds. It probably would have been a good time for the B series MID, but I wanted to mix it up on my First session Back. So Out came the Rev 1…. I have lots of frame Options for the Rev 1, It already had the SLE with 4 wrap Verts, so I went with that. I decided to experiment with the 11” handles. I did not really have room for the long lines so I grabbed my 80’ LPG. Because of Sport practice I had to move to a far corner of the field. I got set up. After rotating my handles over 100 times Clockwise I finally got the twists out ( I have no Idea what I did to them when I packed them up, that is a crazy number of twists) The Wind was lumpy, It kept Gusting and Dropping, I had to keep rushing forward in the gusts and walking backwards in the lulls. But it was Great! It is so good to be flying again. The 11” handles were a bit odd at first, but I am happy to say I did not have a single Wing Flip in the session. Previously I would end up with quite a few wing flips. Wednesday Morning and my field was clear but I did not have much time on my hands. The winds were quite strong with Howling Gusts. I decided to grab out my Custom Triple Vented 1.5. For Speed Factor I used the 40’ lines, faster setup and packup. 13” handles naturally. The Gusts would come hard and fast, so I really had to keep on my toes. Not literally, but footwork was important. It was a Nice session, with lots of inverted practice. Thursday Morning I got up really early, to give me a full hour on the field. I decided it was a good time to grab my set of B’s. They are not Pro but neither am I. Out came the Midvent on the 40’ lines with 13” handles. The Mid was easy to handle except when the wind dropped right off. I decided to leave the Mid assembled but switch for the Std. I got in some great Hover and Slide practice, before I decided to switch up to the Mid again. I was really glad I was on the 40’ lines, nice short walk. I got back onto the inverted as the wind started to climb. After I while I decided to Switch the Vented on, I did not have to, but it was there… I kept the practice going, Basic Moves, Basic Positions. Another Great session, with all three B’s getting a play. I am going to start up a Weekly Update to my Blog, I will try to keep them at a readable length. I Invite everyone to comment, It is your Comments that make me feel that this Blog and the Time I spend on it is worthwhile. Thanks for Reading and may the wind be at your back. WA
    3 points
  5. It was promising to be some Pre-storm winds, I arrived first on field, darkness all around. I finished my Breakfast while I collected up my various bags, and headed out on field. I staked out my 150# lines with the plan of putting a stack on it. I was linking the Midvent B to the back of the Fullvent B when SparkieRob came out on field. Followed quite quickly by Jim (a long time Kite friend) In the light of the pre-dawn Rob started to get out a 2 stack and his Vented Polo. The field also took my Standard B on 90# lines and Rob’s SLE. 7 Revs on 5 sets of line. Jim got out a small 2 line foil and I tied out a Single line kite. It truly was the makings of our own little kite festival. Lots of Rev’s were flown at different times by different people, depending on the wind at the time. I got to have a fly of Rob’s Vented Polo. Wow! What a kite that is. There was enough sail pressure to be able to feel the effects of your inputs, but it was soooo light. Something that was a Blast was to go from a 3 B Stack to the Rev Polo, Almost could not feel the Polo was there. Rob and I spent some time sharing the same airspace, I was getting used to having another kite around. Mostly we used the 2 stacks side by side, probably not the best for starting out, but it was Fun. At one point I pulled the Single Line Kite in. As I was packing up the Kites Long tail, Jim asked if Rev Kites could take tails. So the Yellow Tail went looped between the bottom corners of the Lime Midvent. It looked very nice. Sure the tail does slow down the kite, but it can be fun. I was about to put my other tail, A Blue one, onto my Blue STD. Rob called out the suggestion of twin tails on the stack. So the Yellow and Blue tails went on. Naturally it was not long before the 2 Stack became a 3 Stack, still with double tails of course. Rob turned his 2 stack into a 3 Stack and we flew around together. Some Coordinated hovers, but again, mostly getting used to another kite being so close. I need to get some 150’ lines so we can get serious. I think that next session we can try some “Infinity” or “Sideways Figure 8” following moves. Should be ok on the 90’ lines. I am having so much fun exploring all the aspects of Revolution Kites. Light Wind, High Wind, Single, Stack, Pairs, Tails, everything….. WA
    3 points
  6. This will be my 8th Blog entry. As I write this I have 8 Comments from others and over 700 views. Also 1 Follower, but I think John follows everyone’s blog. I have noticed that the views are dropping , Still quite a few of you reading this though. Thanks! I will ask anyone reading this to consider commenting or PM’ing me to tell me what they do or don’t like about my Blog. I am doing this for You, the Reader as much as myself. I hope to hear from you, and I hope this Blog is interesting. So now a Flight Log Catch-Up. Thursday 28FEB Arvo. I got the Whole Stack out again, It is actually fairly quick to set up, I am surprised. If you have stackable Revs, I would like to encourage you to Stack them, It is a whole new flying experience. The wind was much lighter on this flight, than my previous Stack flight. I had to work a bit at times, but it was a good flight. Friday 29FEB Morning. I was sent to work in the city for Friday morning. I was excited at the chance to Fly near the Swan river before going to work. Some great winds can be had on the River….. But not for me… It was so calm, I could not believe it. Bummer! Oh well, out came the STD with a switch to the 2 Wrap frame. 50# x 50’ lines. Sail Loading Practice and Light wind Flying. I got in some Catch and Toss practice too. I had to be really quick on the Tug otherwise the Kite would fall too far before gliding. Some were way off but I got a few catches. My Toss is still touching the ground as the kite catches the lines. After I was worn out by the lack of wind I packed up the lines and did some Toss practice. I would pace out my distance each time, to see how I went. After quite a few throws, I feel more confident at making the 50’ distance. So, No Wind, but a session well used. Friday Arvo was much nicer, at my usual Flight Park. Moderate winds got me to put up the Vented and Mid Vented as a Stacked Pair. I tried to do a lot more Hovers and reverses this time. I will admit to wanting to rip around the sky with my stack So i really needed to get "technical" this time. A great fly in a decent wind, gotta be happy with that. Also. The weekend was a long one, filled with excitement, but sadly not of the kiting kind. I did take the chance to do the snag free mod to one set of handles. It was simple enough. With thanks to SparkieRob for giving me the wall plugs and screws needed. When I do the second set I will take some in progress photos to share on the forum. The handles look good, but I will need to try them out now. WA
    3 points
  7. The forecast for today was not good but the approaching front stalled during the morning so we did get to fly for a bit today. Very little air movement as we walked onto the heath at about 10:30am. We decided to fly first and then check kit ahead of Berck. Full sails with diamond rods got us into the sky but little else. The kit check revealed almost all was in order. Mostly green race leading edges in the vented kites. Diamond leading edges in the full sails with black race uprights. Four wraps in the Xtra Vents… We ended up with kite lines at all points of the compass and as the few first spots of rain arrived decided to call it a day. 3 hours later it is still raining, albeit, lightly… Felix
    2 points
  8. We were expecting anticyclonic gloom but leaving Hackney on the A12 the sun broke through dramatically with Canary Wharf towers still submerged in the low cloud and mist. Wet underfoot on the heath so getting started in the light breeze had its wet line moments. 2-4 mph so full sails with diamond rods. Rowan had been hoping for a light wind day and this was just about perfect. We don’t, by habit, go for shorter lines in light wind conditions. I have always enjoyed the long walk forwards from the top of the window. Sometimes the curve in the lines suggests that the kite is gliding rather than remaining under control. Nothing really called today but we did do some close following without losing too much ground. Felix
    2 points
  9. Light rain in Hackney turned to heavy drizzle at Blackheath in a brisk westerly breeze so I didn’t even stop the engine, just drove back to Hackney. Fortunately the Blackwall Tunnel approach northbound was not too congested today. Earlier in the week the forecast for the heaviest rain was mid morning rather than during the night as actually occurred so it was not unreasonable to travel in hope… Felix
    2 points
  10. Six up today with a northerly breeze mostly between 4 and 7mph. Full 1.5s with diamond rods felt precise most of the time. There was some warmth in the sun but as it was right in the middle of our wind window the intermittent clouds were a bit of a relief. Ashley called a string of moves, some now familiar, some new today which attracted the attention of quite a few ‘passers by’ on the heath. Strange how they have never seen anything like that before… Felix
    2 points
  11. The clocks changed so a more relaxed start to the day but the fog really didn’t lift so we had to put up with a cotton wool environment. There was occasionally an easterly ‘breeze’ which probably reached 4mph at its maximum. That is just about enough to do team moves if it is consistent but of course it was not. So full sails with diamond frames. I was not feeling too energetic but others did 360’s in the lulls. Some of the interactive free flying was quite neat so all was not lost! We had very wet conditions underfoot, the Canada geese browsing and the money spiders putting out their silk and covering every static surface close to the ground. What fun <grins> It was also ‘that day’ every autumn when the tree colours hit a point, at which if you blink, you miss it… Felix
    2 points
  12. Monday 17th June: I got to the field and found zero wind. I pulled out a Glider and caught about 10min before a steady breeze started up. I quickly put it away and pulled out my SUL on 50’ lines. I managed to get in about 15min on the SUL before the gusts became threatening. Sadly my other Rev’s were at home, but it was a great session anyway. Tuesday: Winds were shifting between 3-18km/h (2-11mph). Out came my STD B on 150’ lines. My STD has a Race Frame most times. I focused on Sail Loading, Hovers and Inverted Flight, as these are areas I need work in. I was very happy to be able to keep the STD off the ground even the light wind. Gently working the kite through a rising “S” and then walking forward in an inverted stall. When the wind picked up, I got in some great moves. I added in some practice of maintaining a consistent forward speed, Doing Circles and infinities. I am still having trouble with this. Any advice on helping me keep a constant speed would be great. It was a brilliant session, the long lines and big wind window were Awesome. Wednesday: Moderate winds with Strong gusts and long low drops….. Time for the MID. I keep my MID framed with 3 wrap as standard, I decided to leave it that way. I put it up on 90# x 120’ lines. Lots of Smooth movement practice, I am getting better. The wind dropped low a few times, But I was able to keep it moving, to keep it flying. It is possible the STD would have been a better choice for the wind, But I was glad to have the Sail Loading Practice. A very enjoyable session. Thursday: Very Light 0-10km/h (0-6mph) Fairly Steady too. I got out my Pure White SUL, Frames with 2 wrap. I put it on the 50’ x 50# lines. It was a challenge to keep it flying at times, But I was very pleased with how I did. I did some Catch and Throw practice, I find the SUL on 50’ lines hard to catch. It keeps coming down short, so I have to rush forward if I want any chance of getting it. The toss is pretty easy for me now. I can get the SUL out 50’ easily. I used to struggle with that, I am very pleased to see my improvement. Friday 24th June: Low to very low winds indicated the SUL should come out. I decide to give the STD B on Race Rods a go. 90# x 30’ lines were hooked up. I was thrilled to be able to keep the kite moving in 1-3km/h winds. By Walking forward and back, Zigzagging the kite and watching my sail pressure I kept the STD B moving quite efficiently . Catch and throw was also on order, I find the STD B On 30’ lines very easy to do the Catch and throw on. I do prefer at least 4km/h (2.5mph) when doing the throw, I find it glides out easily. When the wind is lower, I have to back up after the throw, to get the lines tight. Wow, What a week! After 3 weeks of not getting my Working-Week Daily flight, it was great to be out there each day again. It was tough to find the time and make the effort, but well worth it. The Winter Solstice has been passed, Yay! Longer daylight = Brighter Mornings = More chances to fly YAY!!!!!! This next week is looking very wet, so it is going to be hard to get many good flights in. I will grab what I can…
    2 points
  13. Monday: The Morning started out with some fine Strong winds. I grabbed out the Vented on 120’ lines. I pushed myself to spend as much of the time as possible inverted. Every time I flipped upright or landed, I went straight back into inverted flight. Hovers and Slides. I think it went well Tue Arvo: I only had a half hour to spare, but I continued the Inverted theme, from Monday. It was A good practice in Moderately Strong winds on the Vented. Wednesday Morning: Mid Vent B, 3 wrap frame, 120' lines. winds 5-18mph, bumpy too. Still at least it was an hour on the lines. Not so much Inverted, the Winds were a real struggle. Thursday Morning: I met up with MGower again, he is on Break for a few days. Very Sadly SparkieRob could not make it. MGower and I flew from 5am to 9am.Honestly it was all a Blur. We got a Zen, SUL, several STD, Rev 1, Blast 2-4 and supersonic out, flew everything we could and had heaps of fun. Friday Morning: Another International Meet I decided it was time to start filming my kiting exploits so throughout the session I was checking on a little tripod-ed camera. Now don’t get too excited, I am still learning, so not much of the footage is any good. If I can I will post some later. MGower Started out by rolling out his Pure White Zen. I like this kite, it has a really nice feel and handles the Light air well. I honestly don’t think I do it justice, but I have had fun on it every time I have flown it. I grabbed out my Rev 1, kitted out with its Race Frame on 120’ lines. I am starting to understand the Rev 1 better now that I have flown it in different conditions. I much prefer the 11” handles over the 13” I get a greater feeling of control on them. As the Wind was Low but not too dead it was also a good chance to get the STD B series in the Air. MGower and I put them out on 80’ lines. When the wind died out, I dragged out my Mega Plutz. It’s magic worked and the wind started to pick up. Very soon the Rev 1 needed the SLE put in. The Rev 1 gets a really solid feel when it has the SLE in. I am really digging the different aspects of the Rev 1. Just for fun I switched the Rev 1 for the Supersonic, Nice stronger winds = Much faster Supersonic. It was Awesome. I know I got the Mid Vent out at some point, Not exactly sure when though. My Next week should be a Big one with a meet planned every morning with MGower. Awesome. Thanks for Reading, Feel free to comment, and may the wind be at your back. WA
    2 points
  14. Sorry for the late update, it took more typing than usual, I hope you enjoy my kiting Adventure… Monday: Once again Commitments crowded me in. Tuesday: After the Pain of not flying on Friday and Monday, I had to get out there. I put in the effort to get to the Field nice and early. There was a good Solid Wind that was pushing strongly. I decided to make it a fun day. I pulled out my Supersonic! I set it out on my 90# x 120’ lines to give me plenty of room to manoeuvre. I Flew And I had Fun. I had not set any requirements for Practice, It was a Day Off. But My Fun Fly included many Hovers and Slides, Bicycle Turns etc. All the Moves were done but not in a Practice format. I had to do a lot of footwork, Lots of strong Gusts and lots of Light patches. I got plenty of exercise walking back and forth. It was a Great Hour’s fly. Wednesday: Early morning again. The winds were Mild, but not really low enough for the SUL. I got out the Standard B and put it on my 120’ lines. The 120’ lines are great, even in low winds. They open it up to a broader Sky with more room to Whump! and Glide. I want to get some 50# x 120’ and see how the SUL goes in the really light winds. I got lots of Hover, and slide practice in. My Inverted Slide is starting to take shape. I am also trying to become more aware of my feet, I am trying to keep them moving and Make changes to sail pressure with Forward – Backward moves. Thursday: Western Australia Is Proud to be hosting an International Kite Flyer! SparkieRob arranged a meet with MGower. (Words cannot capture the Shear Amount of Fun I had this day, Apologies Guys If I get anything wrong, feel free to add or correct) Rob was already at the field when I arrived at 4:30am. He was not set up though The Wind was ripping along, so much so we expected to see a Cow fly past at any moment. A quick reading of the wind showed 30-40kph (18-24mph) average with Gusts to 55kph (34mph). We shared a look, a kind of Ok Then. Also it was Cold, well for Perth and Summer. The wind chill was getting in the bones. Out came the Vented Polo and the Triple Vent both on 120’ lines. After a few minutes of flying I was getting concerned with how much my 3 Wrap LE was bowing, I decided to swap it for my 4 Wrap LE. When I went to swap them I changed my mind and decided to run with Both the 3 wrap and the 4 wrap. Rob and I got a good fight with the wind going. It was very interesting conditions to try out the various moves, Dive stops were awesome. Just before 6am, it was time for Rob to collect MGower. I got a gust reading of 62kph!!! (38mph!!!) He left me flying his Polo, about 15-20min later Rob and MGower Arrived. I was flying My Supersonic on 150# x 80’ lines with 11” handles and a Pair of Purple Tails. We did all the greetings and a quick chat, and it was down to more flying. MGower does not have any Vented Sails, so we got him to try out the Triple Vent and the Polo. He also jumped on the Supersonic, which was ripping around in the 35-45kph (22-27mph) (not including gusts). Sure enough about 7:45 am the Wind dropped down enough for Rob to get out his Vented, and a bit later the Mid Vent. Everyone was flying everything they could, I was hopping between the Triple Vent, Polo and Supersonic. With the winds at a more sedate 20-30kph (12-18mph) and gusts of 35-40kph (22-25mph) MGower set up his Blast 2-4 for us to try. It was the one I like, the Purple… It took me a few false starts to get my grip right. Hands right down on the Foam, Keeping the Brake lines in tight. It is a really interesting kite and the gusts were really giving a great indication of the Power it has. When Rob jumped on for a turn the Wind was cycling down. He came really close to running a 360 with it too, it was brilliant. Next Time Rob! As the wind dropped further the Standards and even the SUL were brought out. I am not sure what it got to but it stayed really low for a Half hour or so. I had the Wonderful opportunity to fly not 1, not 2, but 3 Masterpiece kites! MGower has A Vampire, Lion/Zebra and a Sizzle. Wow! We had different line lengths on each of them, which made it harder for us to fly them together, but we had a go. They all have a great feel to them, but I really like how the Sizzle lights up in the sky. I was slightly tempted to stick the Sizzle under my arm and make a run for it… Thanks so much for a Fly of Your Masterpiece Kites MGower. At some point I got out my Stack, around half an hour after the wind had dropped low. The stack got shared around and enjoyed thoroughly. I put some matching tails on it to really show it off. The Wind started to Push through again, back up around 25-35kph (16-22mph). Stacks have serious Power in Strong winds. Eventually it was time for me to head off to work. It was a Spectacular session, with everyone flying everything they could get their hands on. Friday: I got a Quick flight on the MID again. Keeping it on the Long lines too. It was a pretty smooth and predictable wind too. I got in as much Inverted Practice as I could. It was a nice Half Hour. Thanks for Reading, Feel free to comment, and may the wind be at your back. WA
    2 points
  15. Monday: The Afternoon provided a chance to get some Rev Air. With a very strong wind and Solid Gusts it was time for the Vented. I grabbed the wrong lines and ended up with the 30’ on field, So I just went with it. I got some great Inverted Hovers in. I also did some work on my Bicycle Turns. Tuesday: I went in for a morning fly, but it was very dead. If I had a Rev Indoor I might have tried to fly, but I don’t. So I flew a glider instead. Got to my main field for an Afternoon flight, There were Mid to strong winds. I rolled out the Mid Vent on 120’ lines. With the plan of getting some good Hover and shape flying practice in. I got to spend a splendid half hour on the Mid. Really putting the effort into owning it’s moves and hovers. Wednesday: Plenty of wind for the Standard in the morning. Long lines were chosen to give me the room to move. A few points where it dropped low, But nothing that grounded me. Plenty of Whumping Going on. Thursday: Kite Meet!!!! I got myself to the Park just as the glow of dawn was creeping over the horizon. The wind was casually rising and falling between light and moderate. SparkieRob arrived as I was getting my Bag out on the grass. 120’ lines were laid out. Standards and MID’s were assembled and swapped as needed. We did some casual flying sharing the sky and a Laugh. After a while The Stacks were brought out and put on Medium lines. We discovered that Rob’s Medium lines are 80’ while mine are 90’. A little inconvenient but we managed. Mostly with me standing 10’ behind him. Another friend rocked up, He is not into Quad (no matter how much I try to get him into it) so he set up A Duallie. He was having a bit of control trouble so I launched it for him. Boy that was an odd sensation, I have not flown 2 lines for a while. First thing I noticed… No Brakes! He had a good flight, and switched to a Single Line. I got Rob to try an old single line of mine, and once again he got String burn from it. He is always trying to slice his fingers of with my Single liners. As the Sun rolled up the sky, Rob and I Alternated between the Stacks and the Mid/Standard. We only had one grounding collision (which was on the stacks), which was sorted out very easily, I must be improving! It is a funny feeling though, Going from a Stack of 2 Standard sails to a Mid Vented Sail in Moderate winds. The Stack starts to wear you out, forcing your footwork. Pulling you forward and making you drag it back to gain ground. Then you change over to a Mid Vent that you can barely feel on the end of the lines. It was really great to get a paired fly again. Friday: Duties got in the way of Fun and prevented any flying. Next week I hope to Dust off a Supersonic and the SUL, Not the same day though. Unless the Wind is very odd. Thanks for Reading, Feel free to comment, and may the wind be at your back. WA
    2 points
  16. Hi all, not soon for another Blog I hope. I Just wanted do a Special Post about where I usually fly. There Should Be a Satellite Photo Shot Attached with some scribbles on it. The Blue Area is my main Kite Field. It is Huge, and the Wind can come in fairly smoothly most days. Sure It can get Gusty and Lumpy, but anything I can fly in is good. I have been flying at this park for a couple of years now and it has become very familiar to me. There is a river along one edge and there is always a fresh smell to the air. The Meets that SparkieRob and I have, take place here. You need Sunscreen, a Hat, and Water in summer, but at least it never snows here. The Yellow area is my Backup. If there Is Sport Practice going on at the Main Field I just cross the Road and Fly there. This Field is smaller in size and has more trees and buildings close by, it is a decent backup but I would not like to fly here all the time. The winds don’t come in very clean. I have had some great Single line Display sessions with an old Friend here. Once you get above the tree’s etc you can nail the kite to the sky. The Purple Glider Field. On Zero wind days when there is Sport on the Main Field I use A smaller area behind the Club house It is not very sheltered, but has a few Large Objects nearby, so it is no good on the windier days, But for a SUL on short lines or a Glider it is great in zero wind. I get a lot of attention when I fly here. I often get a crowd gathering under the cover of the club house to watch me fly. The Sheltered Glider area. This is a Large Park with a little lake and lots of trees. But it has a surprising number of little clear areas that are great for gliders. It is great fun shooting the gliders out between the trees, and getting them to glide back low, under the branches My Work is Highlighted in red. It is very nicely located to give me access to all my flying areas. My work hours can be fairly flexible if I ask Nicely. So I can choose to fly Before Work, During an extended Lunch break or After Work. All in all I consider myself blessed; having all this space available to me is wonderful. BTW, If you have not read about how I got interested in this Whole Revolution of Kiting, I did a Blog About me Here: http://www.revkites.com/forum/blog/17/entry-295-about-me/ Flight Log Catchup: Friday….. I got to the Park Super Early and grabbed out My 30’ lines and my Mid Vent. The wind felt a little gusty, but nothing the Mid could not handle. I got in a Full Hour of Airtime in winds that were dropping a bit low, but were easy enough to work through the low patches. Friday Bonus… The winds were so awesome that when I got out of work early I grabbed half an hour of kite therapy on the way home. The Winds were the most consistent that I have had in a while. They were pretty much perfect for a standard Sail. I decided to mix things up a bit and I grabbed out the EXP I got cheap as a Loner Kite. I threw out my 120’ lines too. I had a great time working the Window, Slides, dive stops etc. I also used the longer lines to practice flying some squares etc. Thanks for Reading, Feel free to comment, and may the wind be at your back. WA
    2 points
  17. Well, Work, Winter and other "W" words have kept me off the flying fields of late. But I have managed two Great Sessions in the last 2 weeks. Got to be happy with that..... A “Middie Kinda” Day. About 2 weeks ago I got a Brilliant Lunch time Fly in with SparkieRob. There were Grey/Black storm clouds threatening the whole time. But not a drop of Rain fell on us. We started out with the 120’ lines and the STD revs. Rob’s Grey/Red B looks quite nice next to my Black/Blue B. We flew side-by-side for a while occasionally crossing lines. We had to move up to MID after a while as the Gusts were getting a bit much for the Standards. We got a great session on the MID’s, a couple of times the wind got a bit low, but it was great for Sail Loading practice. We even pulled off a few simple moves, Figure 8’s, Paired hovers, etc. It was Awesome! I was very thrilled to notice how far my automatic reactions have come along. Many a Gust or Lull threatened to force the kites together, But almost every time my reactions caught it and powered or depowered as needed. Rob is very good at dodging my kite, now I am glad to be contributing to the Crash Reductions too. The Day brought some unexpected fun in the form of a Custom Triple Vented 1.5. (See attached Pic) Rob put a 2 Wrap frame in it, and it coasted really well in the Light winds. Very nice surprise. A “Mad on Kites” Day. In another Lunch Session last week, Rob, Jim and myself created our own kite festival. Jim Hauled a Sled kite up on 100m of line. I sent up a sled with some Line Laundry Rob put up his Rok with some ribbon tails as line laundry. The Rev B Mids got heaps of airtime on the 150’ lines. Rob also set up his 2 stack on shortish Lines. I really enjoy stack flying, there is something impressive about stacked kites. Beyond the look of stacks, I like the handling, The Slower smoother movements. In general I find myself attracted to the Precision of the Rev. The Absolute control to move it wherever you want in the wind window and just stick it there. To Fly forwards, Backwards and sideways. Rotating on your centre, Turning on a wingtip. The Absolute Control of these Revolution Kites is amazing. My skills are far from complete, But I am having a Huge amount of Fun and am often suprised by what I can do. I am getting very comfortable with sharing the Airspace, flying shoulder to shoulder. Flying with someone is an opportunity I am very grateful to have. So as the unpredicatable weather rolls on I shall try hard once again to grab 20min of airtime each weekday. Thanks for reading
    2 points
  18. It is really feeling like Autumn out here now. Darker Mornings and Evenings, a positive cool change, it even rained. Oh Sure, Summer will throw a few more warm days at us, but the really hot days should be behind us. This Episode of my Blog is not a simple Log of my recent flying, but a look into the Past, at the Quad flyer I could have been. Also my recent Quad experiences, and also looking to my Quad future. I have been thinking about how I could have been a Quad Head years ago. I have had my B Series STD and VTD full kits for years. They were the latest and greatest when I got them. With lots of hours of Dual line flying under my belt and a good level of experience with Power Quads, I felt well equipped to take to the realm of Precision Quad. How wrong I was, Fear of breaking a frame meant I was oversizing my frames for the wind and using my heavier lines all the time. This combined with a lack of understanding led to a lack of control. And my Downward spiral (sometimes literally) left me wanting. They got packed away ever so neatly and rarely saw the light of day let alone the winds of Perth, For Years…. It was a chance I missed out on, and I am certainly not going to dwell on it. It was something I did not, or could not do. But Now is my time. I have been really putting in the effort over the last couple of months. Since picking up the Quad handles, I have been grabbing every chance to fly. Most of my sessions are only about 20-35min of flying time, but I will take what I can get. At this stage I am controlling my expectations of myself. I really have not been flying Rev very long. My hovers can be wobbly at times and turbulence is really hard to deal with. Some times when I reverse I don’t play the brakes just right. But, I am learning and I am having Fun. I am thinking about where I am going with all this. I have got an older Supersonic on the way. 2010 colours apparently, Really looking forward to ripping across the sky with it. It will offer me a break from the Technical Practice that is still Quad related. I have really enjoyed the Strong winds on the Vented B, when I could cut loose after a Practice session. I think the Supersonic will bring something very fun to my sessions. I would like to think that I will be able to do a lot more with my Rev’s in a year’s time. As much fun as I am having now, I would like more control. Also if Rob is game, I hope to be able to do some Pairs flying too. It would be nice to think that I will have found more Flyers Locally too, Very grateful for one other local flyer at the moment. Honestly I don’t know where things will go from here. But I am having fun Now. If I am still flying in the Future, it has to be all good….. WA
    2 points
  19. Yesterday Arvo (Mon18FEB13) was Interesting to say the least. When I got set up, there was Sweet Mild winds with moderate gusts. I set up My B STD with a quick change to the 3 Wrap frame. I gotta say the Multiple framing options on these kites is Fantastic! I started out by practicing some Squares and Circles. In an attempt to gain more control of my kites I have been doing a lot of hovering in different positions, and also lots of forward/backward/sideways flight. I figured it was time to start trying out some shapes. My shapes were a bit wonky, but it is a good start. I got about 15min Air time when suddenly The wind speed really picked up. Over 35km/h (20mph) and stayed there for about 5-10min. I reflexively rushed toward the kite and took it over to the side, good habit from dual line flying. It gave me the opportunity to do some edge-of-wind-window hovering and spins. But when the wind dropped down, it dropped off. I managed an ungraceful but safe landing and staked the handles down. Checking my wind meter gave me under 1km/h. A few min later and there was barely enough wind to fly, But I got in at least 5min light wind practice before having to pack up. Last thing I did before packing up was to select 2 x 50# Dual-line sets from my stock. I ran them out, and got them to about the same length. All in all a Very nice Afternoon. A little bit of every wind. Last night I sleeved the 4 exposed ends of my new 50# set, and set aside 4 sleeves for the other ends. This morning (Tue19FEB13) the wind was Strong 25-35km/h (15-22mph) With Gusts that were pushing me around. I decided to try out the Vented B with 4 wrap all round and the Extra 3 Wrap LE. Also broke out the 150# lines. I am amazed at how stable and slow it could be in the strong winds. The Vented B was able to Hover and reverse fly easily and gently. There were some Solid gusts that made me dash forward, but they just added to my smile. I have taken the “1000 hours” approach to my Revs. It once being said to me that “It takes 1000 hours to perfect a new skill” This is actually a good thing, Flying the Rev’s is Fun and I get better the more I fly. Awesome! The last thing on field was to finish my 50# x 50’ lines. 4 lines the same length, all sleeved up. Alright Light wind, I am ready for you now……. WA (Just a Thought to Rev, A Production line XtraVent B series would be great, Not the Pro, Just finish the Regular B Series Line-up)
    2 points
  20. Flight Log Update 27/28FEB I got a great fly in on Wednesday Morning. I got out the Mid-Vent Black/Lime for the first time. The wind was light, the wind was moderate, and the Mid Vented Went really well. I also ran out a second kite. I think it is my first time to stake out 2 Rev’s in one session. I had the Mid with a 3 wrap Frame on my 90# x 85’ lines. Next to it was the STD with 2 wrap frame on 50# x 50’ lines. When the wind got too light for the Mid I Parked it and swapped to the STD. I was doing Catch and Toss practice on the STD. Doing the catches pretty easily now. I think I understand the principles behind the Toss. I just need to practice some more. About half the time the Rev touches the ground and then takes off. It has been suggested to me by John Barresi to practice with the lines off, so I will give it a go. Thursday – Stack Time… 10-18km/h (6-11mph) with some gusts to 32km/h (20mph). I decided to set up the Vented and the MidVent as a stack first and have a bit of a fly. Just as a warm-up, see if I wanted to add the Standard at the back. (taking it slowly OK?) I Liked It! Good responsiveness not too much pull. I tried some basic hovers, forward and reverse flight etc. Then I added the STD to the back. A few times I had to fill the Sails, Thanks Pocket JB, Sail loading tutorial. Most of the time I was leaning backwards with my heels dug in, A few times it dragged me along. So much Fun. I got the stack to Side slide, Hover in various positions and do some Awesome Dive and Stop’s. Often when I fly there are people who walk their dogs. Never have I captured their attention like I did with the stack. I gotta say, my arms felt about a foot longer after this flight. Awesome!
    2 points
  21. My Best Kite Day Ever! I got to Tom Bateman reserve (my Fav Flying grounds) at just after 5am. There was a good cool Easterly coming through the car park. There were only the earliest signs of Dawn. I took a moment to let the wind rush past me, taking in the early morning sights, sounds and smells. Flying kites puts your back to the wind so often that it’s nice to face the wind once in a while. Rob would be along soon, it was time to gather my thoughts and my Kites. I got my Revs and a few other things together. Rob’s car pulled slowly in. I had wind meter in hand for an early check, 12-20km/h (7-12mph) Looking good… Out on the field the Rev’s came out. And the wind went down….. Typical! I had the STD B with 90# lines and the 3 Wrap LE and 2 Wrap Verticals. Rob put out his EXP and SLE. I think the SLE was running on the 3 wrap frame. During a period of fairly low wind Rob had his EXP on his newly sleaved 30’ lines. Rob starts having a go at the Toss And Catch. Within a few tries he is Nailing them. (Just between you and me, I think he has been practicing in secret) Well I had to have a go too , The STD on 50’ lines. It takes me a few goes before I manage a reasonable catch, and I am not getting to toss at all. Rob offers to swap setups. I take up the EXP on 30’ lines, catches are much easier, but I am still struggling on the toss. Once again Rob starts nailing the Catch and Toss, but on the 50’ lines. Nice! The wind rose and fell slowly, it even shifted direction a few times. Probably some of the worst kiting wind I have flown in for a while. Totally inconsistent! And Yet we Flew, we talked, we shared, Fun was had. I Got Rob to try a couple of my Non-Revs. I have a long Pre-Rev History and I have not been able to offer any Rev’s to Rob that differ from what he already has. So it was Nice to be able to share a Power Foil and a Single Line Glider Kite with him. I have to say I would not have picked the kind of wind we had. But boy did we use it well. Putting down and picking different kites up as the wind changed. I had an Awesome time. Rev Flying is so much better when shared. After a shared session I feel fully charged We tried a few close hovers too, Mostly LE to LE. Did not wrap lines though. I am thinking of trying out some Paired moves as I get better though. Another New Aspect to explore WA
    2 points
  22. Hi All, It was Suggested to me on the Rev Forum that I should start a Blog here. This is my First on only Blog, so go easy on me. I started a thread on the Forum detailing the experiences I have been having with my Revs. http://www.revkites.com/forum/topic/5907-getting-back-onto-quad/ After Running 3 Pages, It has been sugested that something may be gotten from my thoughts and experiences. I hope you do get something from this, and feel free to comment. Thanks for Looking. WA
    2 points
  23. A similar forecast to last Sunday but the wind was from the North today and the cloud cover gradually thickened. Full vent 1.5s with race rods were fine again. We did manage to get the sound system set up properly so had the benefit of Bill Frisell for our final flying session which helped cover the background noise from the Bank Holiday fairground on the other side of the A2. Mr. Helicopter was unusually on our side of the road today doing all his trick flying but fortunately he didn’t stay long. It is a noisy machine. In addition to the Rev flying today we put together the Peter Malinski Tetraeder from 1989. This was a kite that Jørgen owned and as part of the transaction from early 2019 we were asked to take care of it. In January 2020 I replaced all the rubber fixing loops with tied string. I had done a test build of a few cell but today was the first field test. We configured 20 cells in a regular tetrahedron which seemed a sensible place to start. I hand held the kite prior to tying the flying line to the spar fixing one level down from the top of the kite. The launch on the 40m line was remarkably smooth. Thereafter the kite occasionally needed a bit of manual input but was well behaved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSUDJQudgrY At the end of the session a slightly over firm impact with the ground resulted in a couple of the fixing element splitting and it may be that they are all quite brittle with age. I will have to investigate further! Felix
    1 point
  24. The forecast was for 10-11mph gusting maybe twice that and for fairly dense cloud and that is basically what we got although there were some brighter moments. Full vent 1.5s felt very comfortable and we even had a bit of jazz piano accompaniment by Andrew McCormack. A new one for me and might be interesting long term! For some reason the UE Boom 2s wouldn’t pair up which was irritating so it was a mono playback. I had hoped to fly and video the JMH Della-Porta: Four Rhomboids and while setting it up the wind dropped a bit. When the time came though, the anchored 40m of 4mm polyester braid provided great shock absorption and the kite launched smoothly. There were moments when the breeze was lighter and the kite needed walking back. It was not too much to hand hold in the harder pulling moments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnppT5anbrI Video from today - Della-Porta:Four Rhomboids 1993 I need to replace rusty components on this kite, the bridle ring being in the most pressing need. The link lines between the top sail and the sails below may need attention as well. I’ll try with dowel pegs first! Another gale is expected during the coming week. Autumn had arrived early. Felix
    1 point
  25. A medium southerly breeze this morning, about 9 gusting 16mph or thereabouts so full vents with green race. Must get a new anemometer, the last one wore out its bearings! There was a short time this morning between belts of rain so I was back in Hackney by One. No JMH kites today. I have completed repairs to the 81 kite train and plan to try combining elements from it and using a pilot kite. I will start by trying a small wind proven delta and if that works will make some neutral colour variations. All set for Austria later in the week. Felix
    1 point
  26. At the last moment I realised that there was going to be heavy rain coinciding with our usual arrival time on Blackheath so delayed departure. I was then able to finish putting back together the blue section of the 1985 JMH kite train that we flew briefly at Portsmouth last weekend before setting off. Light westerly/south westerly breeze so full sail 1.5s with race rods. I had expected stronger breezes. We put together two sections of the 1985 JMH train and had some good flying time before it became apparent that the last kite was regularly looping one way. Bringing the train down was easy and it was clear that an arch could be sustained. The trailing kite probably needs a stable lifter, long term, so I will set about finding the right one. In the meantime, a couple of the line loops that hold the kites apart failed so they will need replacing as well as a heavier duty repair to some of the eyelets. Looking forward to hearing news from WSIKF over the next few days. Felix
    1 point
  27. I had decided not to make notes during the event and do find myself somewhat at a loss to find the words and details to summarise Cervia. It was a very good event, needless to say! Caterina made it known that she wanted to talk about our ‘location’ for the event and had planned to reduce the size of the single line art kite area where we have been for quite a few years now and add a new area to the south of the main arena for the displaced art kites with us as a buffer before the large ‘inflatable’ kites. On the first morning of the event we set up immediately out side Bagno 111, Adriasol, our lunch venue from previous years. That was to remain our location for the entire event, setting up the ‘tent’ and newly acquired JMH banners depending on the weather prospects. Apart from Robert Brassington and Joel Schultz the single line fliers did not take the opportunity to migrate and so we utilised the area along with Team 4 Fun. We did fly some of the JMH collection kites as requested as and when the conditions were favourable. We also set up the 2007 JMH Rev 1 and Rev 1.5 stacks with special help from David Hathaway on the Rev 1 bridles. The team did a very effective relay effort in flying the stacks especially when the conditions were not good for normal team flying. The final day of the event included our participation in the ‘Black Sail’ project with Ashley looking after the music selection and calling the routine. This was deemed a success and the response outside the immediate Rev community was very positive. Felix
    1 point
  28. Some of us were south of the river yesterday afternoon/evening for the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve event… Blackheath today was looking very ‘summer’ dry. The surface was crunchy underfoot not least because I have full hearing after a month of cotton wool and eardrops. Zens and CR sail today mostly green race, a great combination! The circular nature of the wind direction kept us guessing as did the drying flowerheads and their propensity to snag lines at launch. We all succumbed at one time or another. Not a lot called today but we did have the sound sticks in action… Terry Riley and Steve Reich again. Felix
    1 point
  29. Delivery of the new Rev sails occurred on Monday 9th April. 41 Rev kites were duly packed ready for Berck and Cervia. We had an excellent four days in Berck. The 20 square meter parafoil flew beautifully, initially just from the bridle point, hand held, and later on the 100m x 5.00mm spectra which was wonderful to handle, and again, basically hand held. Our older (to us) parafoil needs some tuning. The new ‘1.5 proportioned Rev 1 format sail’ with green race rods worked very well indeed. It was ‘out of the bag’ and straight into an arena spot there! The mid vented JMH sails definitely filled the gap between the 1.5 sail and the full vented. Just what we needed. The wind today, Tuesday, was not as strong as forecast so we did not get to fly the RSS (Reflex Super Spider). 'Rest day' tomorrow than flying Heathrow to Bologna on Thursday ahead of 10 festival days in Cervia… Felix
    1 point
  30. 

SSE breeze today, probably 10mph and upwards, not that I measured it, so full vents with race rods of various flavours. The approaching weather front which affected the rest of the country N,S and W looked threatening with slate grey clouds but the forecast held good and there was no rain on Blackheath while we were there! No calls again today, end of season discussions about recent events and thoughts about priorities for next year took precedence. We will not plan a formal team trip to Fanø next year as Cervia and Dieppe should be our main focus… Felix
    1 point
  31. Westerly breeze today, often dropping away as thermals passed by in the sunny spells. Full sails with diamond LE and race uprights were just fine. No calls today as after the last two weekends Ashley was taking a break. I was almost doing the same (break wise) as taking delivery of a not ‘new’ car has been slightly delayed. We may venture further afield next weekend subject to transport arrangements and weather conditions. In the meantime I will be looking out for reports from Long Beach <grins> Felix
    1 point
  32. The forecast was for 2mph switching from north to south or maybe the other way around at midday. Not a great prospect… The net result was predictable, no wind! The thick high cloud kept the temperature a reasonable c23c and the swifts were putting on a fine display with the very occasional (once today) head height pass. The thundery depression moving up from the Bay of Biscay lost its bite soon after passing the Channel Islands and did not appear to be very intense when it reached the Portsmouth area c2:00pm. We will hope for good flying the next two weekends ahead of the Canada trip <grins> Felix
    1 point
  33. Another pre-11:00am start today. The wind was from the south but variable in the summer Blackheath way with thermal effect moving through, from very light to ‘quite strong’ and 90 degree direction shifts within a short, c2 minute, interval. Mostly full sails with diamond LE and race uprights. One flier left diamond uprights in and lost one in a gust at the usual fail point… Rowan opted for the mid vent and was able to use his rapidly expanding light wind skills and the extended handles to keep up with the rest of us… A mostly called session today with Ashley refining the six flier thread to arcs and rotation with the ‘long’ get in. Canada preparations are almost complete now! Felix
    1 point
  34. Arrived just after 10:30am today as we had arranged to receive the team kites back from Cervia, courtesy Tom. Bright and breezy from the west, 12 – 20 mph at a guess so we were on full vented sails with mostly race rods. Six up for a while as Damon had joined us again. A mostly called session once we got going and even when we were down to four Ashley kept up the pace. We actually ran through one of the old prepared routines as well which seemed very short and un-demanding compared to some of the more recent efforts. Four weeks now before the Canada trip. Just need to agree who is going to do the driving! Felix
    1 point
  35. We were late arriving today, c11:30am and found Maggie already flying with Damon and his brother Justin. I had to switch back to a 120ft line-set so as the beach events for the year are done I rolled out a new set of lines. We flew six for a while with Damon and Justin but as they had been on the Heath since 8:30am they did not stay for long! Some lazy free flying followed but as the northerly breeze was on the cool side we wrapped at about 1:00pm. Felix
    1 point
  36. Nine days at Berck was a real treat. We were not subjected to any severe wind or rain/snow and the event ended on a summery high note and an accompanying grid-lock on the roads out of town early Sunday evening. The Mega Team performed very much in line with our expectations, a respectable 56 on Saturday 8th April putting in a polished performance over something like 25 minutes… Winds on the light side made for demanding flying at times. We’ll be going back next year, I’m sure, so I will be looking out for the dates in due course <grins> Felix
    1 point
  37. Easterly breeze today, not quite as strong as last weekend so full vented with a mix of spars. The white ‘race’ type did feel a bit stressed, 4 wrap would have been better. Free flying to begin and then a final called session as a warm up to the Berck event. We did a shuffle of kites into an extra bag for ‘logistical’ considerations. A cabin on the beach is booked, we just need to make sure that we have enough chairs… It will be interesting to see how many fliers do actually turn up for the mega fly ‘rehearsals’ this year… Felix
    1 point
  38. A complete contrast this week with a strong westerly breeze. Xtra vents with four wrap were not too much effort except in the stronger gusts. Final arrangements for Berck are in hand. We will be an eight person team for the whole week with three additional fliers for the last three days… We will be travelling out on Friday 31st March, the last official day of my employment. It is going to be a strange moment! Felix
    1 point
  39. Windy today, from the South so for the first time in a long time we were on Xtra Vents. Jade was on the line today so we have ‘borrowed’ from him the sixth kite from our set for Berck just in case we do not meet up in the meantime. The details for Portsmouth came through today so that should be finalized in the next week or so pretty much wrapping up arrangements for 2017. I will not be flying next weekend as I have to ‘work’ on tidying up a server room in the ‘handover’ to the outside contractor who will be looking after the company systems when I leave at the end of March. What fun! Felix
    1 point
  40. It was a really gloomy day today with no distant horizons. The breeze from the NW was however quite consistent and so we were on full 1.5 sails with mostly race rods… It was 2-3 degrees Celsius and so in order to keep warm we did do a fair bit of called flying. Thoughts were of Berck, just 7 weeks away! Just need to get the Canadian ‘tour’ wrapped up now. Felix
    1 point
  41. It looked like the Heath would be in the clouds as we approached up the hill from the Blackwall Tunnel. It was a Northerly breeze on site, with the fog/clouds barely lifted and only occasional change in the flat grey ceiling. Mostly full vented 1.5s with race rods. There were some lighter spells but as it was mostly not called flying that was not an issue. Plenty of close interaction with just a few accidental touches and over wound lines. Some themes become apparent but it would be very difficult to write them into a routine. Arriving back in Hackney the sun was just visible through the thick high cloud. Felix
    1 point
  42. We had a critical escalation of the projected costings for the Canada trip but flights are now booked. I had better set up the 2017 events web page on the Decs site! The forecast was for rain today but the timing was a bit uncertain. It was still quite bright in Hackney but on reaching the A12 there was light rain. This increased south of the river but there was brightness to the south and west. Walking onto the field there was another short spell of rain but it looked like it was clearing. By the time we had run out the lines it was stopping. A lightish southerly breeze so we had opted for mid vents with race frame. Nothing called but plenty of close interaction. The bright sky to the south occasionally rendered the Greenwich Park trees an extraordinary colour against a slate black northerly cloudscape. Raining again now back in Hackney… Felix
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  43. Light wind from the SE was forecast today. It was misty/smoggy on the A12 and on arrival on Blackheath the ground was hard with frost even if it had melted on the sunny side. 3mph from the SE was just about happening to begin with but then there was a lull. We ‘stood’ around commenting how warm it felt ‘in the sun’ compared to when there was any air movement. Rowan was keen to try 360’s while in the lull but was suffering slightly from wet lines and kite as well as lack of experience. The air movement then started from the north so we were then ‘flying’ straight into the sun. We were all on full 1.5 sails with diamond rods. Finally I decided to give the original Reflex a test flight in these very low wind conditions. It was interesting to find that there was a threshold effective wind speed for this design. Once above that the kite kicked in but below it the physical weight of the kite as felt seemed to have a negative impact. I will look forward to trying the 1.5 version. On arriving home in Hackney we noticed a hissing sound from the front nearside tyre. A lucky escape fixed with a call to the AA… All done by 17:50 <grins> Felix
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  44. I did not plan to venture out today as the forecast was quite clear that there would be no let-up in the rain all day. That proved to be the case. My plan was to spend time on team matters for the 2017 events. Arrangements for Berck, Cervia, Saint-Honoré and Swift Current needed to be finalized, fliers and transport schedules arranged, communicated and booked. As always this is a ‘stop – go’ process relying on everyone responding in a timely manner. The one good thing is that I, for one, will no longer have to negotiate time off work as I will be leaving work on 31st March just in time for the Berck event. <grins> Felix
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  45. It was a light breeze on Blackheath today but the clouds did not burn off as forecast and at times there was a hint of drizzle. The field is still not mown so we had to contend with snagged lines yet again. Plenty of line set adjustments today in setting up a variety of spar configurations in the 1.5s and a couple of Robertshaw sails as well. I flew the Diamond Rods again and later handed the 1.5 kite to Rowan who managed to fly in with the team in what were really marginal conditions for team flying. Maggie supervised the assembly of her Cody kite and we flew it on the pink polyester sleeved Kevlar line that I have been carrying to kite festivals ‘just in case’ for very many years. It was very well behaved but Ashley found that line handling can cause finger blisters rather quickly. <ouch> I will be at Miami Beach for work at the beginning of December for 10 days so hope to fly some kites. Jacob will be there as well. Felix
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  46. Hi All, Well what can i say, just 9 weeks have past since my first 4 line flight.. a bit confident at what we (my son and me) achieved. We keep it flying and hovering steady. allmost doing all the things from the rev brochure. Still figuring out why a steady clockwork is such a pain for me and on the other hand, inverted hovers, including sliding, is just so easy to do. As i read the forum allmost all pilots seem to have opposite problem in the learning curve. Yes i know, it's just 9 weeks what am i thinking. right? ,, Well it's just the uncontrolable desire to master any skill in life fast!!! (Me, issuess??? naaah ) Today i want to improve a bit faster and get me some action, so i chopped up some older lines to a 30ft set and a 9 ft set. To get frutrated right away i will start with the 9ft set and take it from there... After this. all other length must be easier to fly and i got something to meditate about I'll keep you posted. Fair winds, Nathan
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  47. A cooler start today under full cloud cover. The breeze at c5 mph from the NE occasionally dropped out completely but full 1.5 sails with 3 wrap mostly worked OK. I was flying the Diamond spars again and having finally tied on a set of ¼ inch stepped leaders enjoyed the fine tuning and snappy responsiveness <grins> I’m still puzzling about the best way to secure the leaders to the handles and how to incorporate a stake loop. Sad or what? We persuaded Rowan that he should join the line today and fly some infinities "∞". What he didn’t expect was that we would also turn the line to face up, form the ball, burst, 180, return, go to spokes, move one space, 180, return to original position and etc. It was interesting to see just how much a beginner can cope with in the ‘obviously’ sympathetic line and that recovery from being ‘out of position’ could be so quick. Having previously set Rowan up with a bit more ‘forwards’ it was evident that when he joined the line today a bit more brake was needed and duly applied on the 1/3 inch stepped leaders that I had been using before today. The cloud cover broke at about 12:30 and having failed to screen up it seemed sensible call it a day at that point. Must remember to carry sun screen to Dunstable next weekend whatever the forecast suggests. Felix
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  48. I need to apologise to all you Blog readers out there, Many boring things have distracted me recently. I have been struggling to get the time to write for this Blog. The Free time I have had recently I have dedicated to flying rather than writing about flying. I hope you all understand. So to catch up on recent highlights… Well the winter weather is moving in, very low winds and unpredictable rains. Not the best of times. But when the weather opens up, I jump at it. I keep my Rev kit with me every day. I do not fly in Zero wind on a Rev, I know some of you do, but I do not run around anymore. (I used to Run around in zero wind with the Dual line Kites.) I do keep a couple of Single line gliders to fly on the Nothing days, Yes I know, they are not Revs, But I find it is better for me to fly something and have a good experience, rather than drift away from the park and forget about kites. I have had several fantastic Meets with SparkieRob. I Really enjoyed his 2 stack SLE & EXP. It was really smooth in the air. Fully capable in a really wide wind range too. The 2 non-vented sails together handle really nicely. Quite different to a Variable Vented Stack. I had some scrap 90# line lying around, I decided to make some super short quad lines from it and see what happened. I ended up with 7 foot lines. In a very light breeze, out came the SUL. It was a really strange experience…. But Fun. I need to find out what size lines people use for Indoor. I finally got myself some 120’ lines, though I have not had much time on them yet. A few days did yield some brilliant half hours on the MID on the long lines. The Long lines are more time and effort to set up, but the enlarged wind range is awesome. With the Rain setting in here in Perth, I am contemplating Indoor flying. I have yet to find a place that I could regularly fly in. I also need to figure out how much effort it is going to be. With my bad knees, the run around is out of the question. I am going to convert my 50# x 50’ Quad lines into a 30’ set and a 10-14’ set. Then when I get a break in the wind, I will see what I can do with my STD and my SUL. Winter is a harder time to fly in Perth, most of the windy days are raining too. It is strange to look back a couple of months when I flew my Revs every week day. Well, I will fly when I can…
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  49. Late March gloom with an overnight dusting of snow did not present any real obstacle in getting to Blackheath today but the wind chill on site made it feel colder than any other flying day this winter. Full vented with green race for me again was over stressed on a couple of occasions even with extra brake. My kite and others with different frames were landed safely to ride out the squalls. Conversationally it was decided that free flying as we have been 'practicing' recently does not really work if too much 'thought' is applied. 'Talking' about it or suggesting 'frameworks' tends to kill the spontaneous elements and the 'errors' multiply. Seems like it is one of those AoxomoxoA (EXWX3XMXE) situations and as such I am not going to speak of it further or directly in the context of this 'blog'. <grins> If you encounter groups of fliers flying mostly silently and often closely with 'total concentration' please do not break the spell. Thanks! Felix
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  50. Thursday 21FEB Morning was met with Lightning Storms over my Flying field. Not flying in Lightning…. No Way… By the Afternoon I was treated to Mild conditions that allowed the STD to fly quite nicely on 2 Wrap and 50/50 lines. The conditions were very nice, got in a decent half hour. Friday 22FEB Morning was very Light on. 0-2 km/h gusting to 5km/h (0-1mph 3mph Gusts) I put in the effort and flew. STD Sail 2 Wrap Frame. I managed quite a bit of Air time. Rests needed between. I am very thankful I put in the effort and made up my 50# x 50’ lines. Sometimes there is ‘Maintenance’ stuff flyers need to do, I find it hard to put the kites down and get on with it, but when you do, the rewards will come to you. So I encourage everyone to do the Maintenance they have been putting off. Friday Arvo was a Surprise, 20-35km/h (12-20mph) winds sometimes dropping right off, or gusting to who knows what! I pulled out the Vented and set up with the 4 Wrap frame and then I slid the 3 Wrap LE in too. A new experience for me…. One Word, Awesome! The wind was bumpy, but the kite was acting heavy in the sky, letting me easily control it. The Vented was acting more precise than ever. The Speed was there, for sure. I could zip and spin as fast as I liked, but when I pulled it in, held on the brakes, It would revolve slowly in the dead centre of the wind just off the ground. Also The Vented was doing a good job of trying to Drag me around too. It was a great opportunity for me to cut loose and have some fun, I was sliding spinning and roaring around the sky with a huge Grin on my face. Monday 25FEB had winds that cycled up and down, However, I made do with the vented on 3 Wrap. A friend of mine did some filming of my flying efforts. I have yet to view the video. The wind was really hard to deal with, I had strong gust that would drop to nothing. I would be partway through a manoeuvre when the kite would start dropping. I did my best and it was an interesting challenge. I do feel that the time I am putting in is paying off. Nothing is perfect yet, but I can see improvement happening. Best of all I am having so much Fun with these Rev’s. So Glad I got them out again. WA
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