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goestoeleven

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  1. Say it ain't so . . . . Ben - Best of luck to you. You have been a great asset to Revolution and an inspiration to me as a Rev flyer. I hope to see you on a flying field in the future, and I'm sure every festival would be happy to save a corner for you (or we'll make one!).
  2. From the album: Rev travels

    My son flying - Loveland Pass, CO at 12,000 ft altitude. Wind was a bit light for a full vent & the air was a bit thin.
  3. Good luck with your search! Are you flying with the Kiting Tampa Bay people? They are very active on FB and have quite a few rev pilots in their group.
  4. Thank you all for your support, and THANK YOU BEN AND REVOLUTION! I am very excited to have the opportunity to support Rev and do my best to create some more "rev-addicts" out there. As the newest 180Go! member, I want to thank the team for welcoming me and mentoring me over the last year - and Mike K. for granting me a spot on the team just over a year ago. We have HUGE footsteps to follow with iQuad and everything they have done over the years to support Revolution and spread the word. John and iQuad have always made me feel welcome and have taught me tons - both directly and just from w
  5. Just a note for any newer pilots that are thinking of joining the event - I recently was on the FB posting for the event, and David K posted a diagram of the kite & pilot positions that do not require any inverted hovering. Take a look at the FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/414867438580073/ and I think the diagram is about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way down (as I write this today).
  6. Very nice work. It was a bit large to fit on my monitor, but I could get a sense for how the super grid will work with 100. I have flown the grid before, so I'm glad for the refresher. A thought for the rehearsals and attempt. The leaders/captains of each column should put some thought into the skill levels of the various flyers in their column and think about position of each flyer in the grid, especially for the concentric rings and where each flyer will end up in the ring. Experienced flyers will probably not have a problem hovering in "unusual" attitudes or positions in the window, bu
  7. Thanks for clearing that up. I don't generally mix rods, but I did pull out a Rev 1 today after reading your blog entry. Hadn't flown one in quite a while, and this was an old one (with the original bridle with swivels, metal end caps, and 4 wraps all around (I think)). Winds were light & variable (probably gusting up to 8 mph at times), with some thermal direction shifting. Typical midwest landlocked summer flying conditions. However, it was fun to follow my son around the window (he was flying a 1.5 SUL with 2 wraps). Hope you and the team are having a great year in the UK. Hope t
  8. Felix - Can you clarify your spar numbering for the Robertshaws? I'm not sure I understand the 3,4,3_3,3 numbering. Is it the center of the leading edge as a 4? . . . I'm just curious . . . It's not like my flying ability would appreciate the subtle differences . . .
  9. Update from Illinois . . . at current count I think we'll have at least six or seven Illinois Kite Enthusiast (IKE) members from Illinois at WSIKF to participate in the grid, and several other IKE members from other states as well. We're hoping to fill a whole column of IKE members.
  10. Very nice! Some cool creations in there. Hope I can make it some year . . . . have to get an indoor first . . . . and then learn to fly it . . . .
  11. May you have a Happy Birthday, and many more! You probably don't remember me as we've only met a couple times in the past. Thanks for all you do for Revolution and this wonderful rev-community! Hope to see you later this year at WSIKF or maybe sooner if you are at Grand Haven in 2013.
  12. Except when you get distracted and forget which one is yours . . . ooooh . . . . look at all the pretty kites . . . . Happened to me this year at TI when we had about 17 revs just doing follows and pez and other random stuff . . . . "hey, what are those kites at the other end doing and they should join or get out of the way" followed by "hey, who is the idiot messing up the line" . . . followed by "oops, that would be me." Don't worry, have fun. You will have fun. Hang out, fly revs. Join the big groups. It's all good. No, seriously, it is really all good. Actually, it's probably easi
  13. Have fun, and welcome to the dark side. As Madquad said, careful . . this is an addictive sport. I started with just one free lesson, that lesson has turned into quite an obsession. Keep some room in your kite budget, you'll always need . . . just one more.
  14. Slight change of plans, contract work became available. Now going to be arriving Saturday afternoon. Not sure if I'll get to fly Sunday or not.
  15. Yep, and other tricks like shipping kites to work or to a friend's house . . . or saying that it's not new, it was out for a repair. Actually, I find it's much easier if my wife knows before the long skinny box arrives on the front step. My "office" is now at home . . . at least until I get some work related issues resolved. That tends to put a damper on the kite buying activities, and an increase in kite selling activities . . . .
  16. 5 IKE posts in a row . . . . ah ah ah Looks like I need to edit my signature . . . . done See you guys there - most likely Saturday.
  17. Welcome to the forum! Personally, I think you made a good choice. The EXP is the same size and shape as the standard 1.5, so the flying experience will be very similar to what you would get with a standard 1.5. The biggest differences are in the materials used and the panels in the construction of the kite. However, for a beginner, the flight characteristics will be similar. I've been flying revs for about 2 1/2 years, and still fly my EXP frequently as it is one of my primary "full sail" kites. I'd love to have a B-Pro because the construction on those custom kites is very, very nice, b
  18. Been away from the thread for a while . . . . What if we use two fields to muster instead of just the one performance field? Launch fifty on each field, and then have the fliers on the second field walk backwards to join the first fifty on the performance field. I know it goes against competition rules to walk onto the field with your kite in the air, but this isn't a competition. Then there's less total unwinding and winding time required as twice as many fliers can be launching in twice the space, and many can stage their kites with lines unwound on the second field. As long as the rope
  19. Happy new year to you as well Felix. Hadn't seen that one, thanks!
  20. Merry Christmas to Ben & everyone! I want to say thanks to all for your friendship, advice, and flying time. For me, every time I get to fly my revs is like Christmas day (ok, that sounds hokey), but it's pretty much true. It's hard for me not to have a smile on my face when I get some flight time. So, to all my friends (and future friends) out there in rev-land, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year. May 2013 bring you good health, sunny skies friends to fly with, and good wind. Ben - to you - thanks for all you do to promote Revs and kite flying everywhere you go.
  21. Welcome! Flying these is a LOT of fun, especially with other people. Reading your quote, I used to think I jumped in deep to the dark side, but this is a whole different level. I think it took me a year to get to five revs . . . . none masterpiece (yet).
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