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  1. KiteLife

    Mr. Bubbles Birthday

    Happy birthday Paul.
  2. KiteLife

    Flying an inside outside

    I'm doing the same as Watty.
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    Can we post Revs for sale on this forum?

    Also, here... http://kitelife.com/forum/forum/32-kites-for-sale-swap-or-trade/
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    Can we post Revs for sale on this forum?

    While it's not specifically discouraged, you'll find FAR better results using the channels in this article. http://www.kitelife.com/general-topics/buy-sell-trade-used-kites/
  5. KiteLife

    Street line length

    The standard I've set for street or urban flying is 30'... Long enough to fly "track" (shapes, etc) but short enough to tow it around 360s and stay connected with line tension. 12'-15' is more tailored to indoor due to the low overheads, but really cuts down the "window" in terms of demonstrating shapes, etc.
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    Old Kite

    RevFlyer is Paul LaMasters, you're looking for our resident Rev historian, RevWizard (aka John Mitchell).
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    Quad-line virgin

    Thank YOU Moggy, it's my pleasure to help, even more so when I see someone really sinking their teeth in like you are. **THUMBS UP**
  8. KiteLife

    What is this team maneuver called?

    Here's original. http://reeddesign.co.uk/kites/iskcb/dt02.html
  9. KiteLife

    What is this team maneuver called?

    I think "pick up sticks" is the official name. .
  10. KiteLife

    What is this team maneuver called?

    Easiest way is to paste in the URL, remove the http://, then hyperlink the text with the full URL.
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    Quad-line virgin

    Bear in mind, the sail of a loaded Rev isn't actually flat... Watch this: It curves and uncurves as load varies, making it far more versatile than any dual line kite in turbulent wind. It may be flatt(ish) if you're using the SLE, but 98% of the forum members here will agree, 1/4" rods (2 wrap, 3 wrap, 4 wrap, race, etc) are the way to go.
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    What is this team maneuver called?

    It's called the "walking stick", but never call it because it's triggered by the captain without command. Another view of the same maneuver...
  13. KiteLife

    Happy Birthday JB

    Celebrating on the 1st, thanks all!
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    Wet Weather Times

    Also, food for thought... There is a 75'x60' area I fly in under a 4-lane bridge in downtown Portland, OR, using my 30' urban set. As long as there is wind, I'm totally protected, even from a proper downpour... Any such overpasses in your area?
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    Wet Weather Times

    Thanks for the update brother! Usual indoor length for Rev here in my part of the world is 10'-12'.
  16. KiteLife

    West Coast Rev Clinic v2.0

    Cody, Sari, Katrina... So awesome flying with y'all, well done!
  17. 100 kites is cloudy as it is, the more it's cross-examined, the better off we'll be in the long run.
  18. WAY oversimplified, but putting the kites aside for a moment (different set of references - as outlined in earlier images)... I rounded up a bunch of plastic parachute men for an example of an 8x10 grid on the ground so that we can get a good idea at what we're looking for in terms of body positioning on the ground. It's NEVER exact, but in theory, if everyone has their thinking cap on (see video below), the caller uses using an open tempo of commands and we have 3-4 wranglers on the ground to help guide folks into place, we should be in fairly decent shape.
  19. Another cross-post... Re-posting this for a quick mental exercise, please visualize these calls when looking at the image below... NOTE - for US mega flies, we traditionally count from left to right and top to bottom to find numerical values in the formation. How quickly can you find: Odd columns? Even rows? Fourth column? == "ODD COLUMNS RISE, EVEN COLUMNS DROP, AND... NOW!" (vertical threads) "THREADING BACK THROUGH, AND... NOW!" (all the way through) "THREADING BACK THROUGH, AND... NOW!" (all the way through) "BACK TO GRID, AND... NOW!" (up or down, back to your position) == "ODD ROWS FACE RIGHT, EVEN ROWS FACE LEFT, AND... NOW!" "TO THE EDGES ON A STRAIGHT LINE, AND... GO!" "UP TURN 180, AND... NOW!" "THREADING THROUGH, LOOK FOR THE HOLES, AND... GO!" "UP TURN 180, AND... NOW!" "BACK TO GRID, LOOK FOR THE HOLES, GO!" TIPS: 1 - Know your correct altitude (don't rise or drop too much), based on where you are in the grid, get a feeling for flying a straight line across the window, staying more or less at that same altitude on each pass. 2 - When flying through, look for the kites sharing your row in front or behind you, 10 kites across, be a part of that line, watch it peripherally while in motion. == "CENTER 4 KITES FACE OUT TO BALL, AND... NOW!" "NEXT RING OF KITES TO BALL, AND... NOW!" (2nd ring from center) "NEXT RING OF KITES TO BALL, AND... NOW!" (3rd ring from center) "NEXT RING OF KITES TO BALL, AND... NOW!" (4th ring from center) "NEXT RING OF KITES TO BALL, AND... NOW!" (outer ring) "BURSTING ONE RING AT A TIME, OUTER RING IS ONE, INNER RING IS FIVE..." "ONE! ... TWO! ... THREE! ... FOUR! ... FIVE!" "SLOWLY BACK TO BALLS, NOW!" == Again, we'll drill a lot but I wanted to share some visuals - I hope they're of use to you! (y)
  20. Again, sharing over from FB... Now, just for contrast compared to the other North American videos I just posted... Here's what they did in France last month (30 kites / 6x5 grid) - notice the increased focus on horizontal and vertical alignment, also the higher average level of execution in odd hover positions or slow controlled flight. While skill helps, the key to it all is a clear focus on particular reference points in the grid and other formations... What will take the 2013 WSIKF group further than years prior, is a clear focus on how to quickly and easily identify rows, columns, shapes (formations), wingmen (neighbors), as well as how to proactively avoid or assist pilots who are struggling. The pre-flight meetings and practice runs early in the week will be CRUCIAL for anyone who is unsure about their skill or has not worked in large mega teams before... But, I expect we'll also be covering a ton of aspects that have not come up even in past North American record attempts. One way or the other we'll have TONS of fun, a belly full of laughs, lots of new friends, and we'll help ingrain the reference points will will allow you to be more relaxed during mega fly attempts... And, you'll be AMAZED at how these new skills make a difference in your individual flying afterwards!
  21. Cross-posting more from the Facebook page... Just posting a reminder about radios for this event... We have not yet confirmed the availability of an adequately placed sound system, so the possibility remains that we will default to using the usual radios. Be sure to check out Brett Howard's awesome article on radios, good info there... http://www.kitelife.com/other/technology/radio-equipment-for-team-flying/ NOTE 1 - All receiving radios are typical American walkie-talkies, available in any electronics or camping store - or online via Amazon (see walkie links the article linked below)... Main thing will be to see what kind of batteries they take, keep plenty of spares, and what kind of headset is available (or will work) with the units you buy. NOTE 2 - I realize that these types of radios are not available (or legal) in some countries outside the US and Canada, but they are very inexpensive (usually $20-$50 for a set of two) and readily available once you arrive in the US... Worst case, there will be a few extra radios around but this is not guaranteed and it is highly advisable to bring your own or make specific arrangements to borrow from an attending North American flier beforehand. NOTE 3 - Make sure you are VERY familiar with the VOX (voice activation) control on your radios, specifically how to reliably turn it off and keep it off... If even ONE radio is on VOX, it can easily overtake the leader's transmission and create a problem with communications. NOTE 4 - If we end up with too many fliers who don't have radios, it's very possible that we'll ask everyone to go without headsets, placing the radio on the outside of their clothing... With enough radios on "open air" like this, the ambient sound quality should be pretty good. Remember, good discussion can also be found at the other links below. Last year's field preparations (field ... http://www.revkites.com/forum/topic/5687-wsikf-2012-rev-field/ From the existing world record event in 2010... http://www.revkites.com/forum/topic/3762-100-rev-fly-at-2010-wsikf-aug-16-22/ Thanks all, let's have fun!
  22. More fun, cross-posting from the mega fly Facebook page.
  23. Please vote in the new poll on this topic, will help us plan a bit - thanks!
  24. Just updated the lead post with a TON more information. John Mitchell is working on animations for a very basic routine that we can all get familiar with (threads, balls, bursts, etc) and will be likely to succeed at, stay tuned for info that this as it develops. Pasting from my comment on the 100 Mega Fly page on Facebook: The clock is ticking...