Kites & kiting
Posted 24 April 2005 - 01:34 PM
___So, do you have a kite? What kind? Where do you go to fly? Who do you go with? Other kite info you have?
___I currently don't have a working kite, but I always favored box kites & their variations. I also enjoy flying the 2-line stunters, especially the flexi-foils.
___My interest in kiting has waned, but for many years I was an avid enthusiast & participated in the Washington State International Kite Festival at Long Beach Washington USA for a number of years as an official & as a contestant. It all started getting a little too much about business forme, but it still is an outstanding festival where one can see more types of kites than just about any other venue. (The festival is held the 3rd week of September every year)
____Well, I don't care for long posts, so I'll curtail my ramblings to allow you all to post up your kiting adventures!
Posted 24 April 2005 - 01:44 PM
Right now, just a couple of the uber-popular triangular parafoil kites with a single line. They're easy to fly and fun. I built one of those WWI balsa and tissue kites once, mostly as an art project (it was the Fokker Triplane one, but painted psychedelically), it was unbelieveably hard to fly and very delicate, so it was repaired three or so times before it went back to simply being a piece of ceiling art in the living room. I also once built one of those tetrahedral kites: they're really great, but they require a *very* windy day.
___So, do you have a kite? What kind?
Berkeley Marina or Stinson Beach with my daughter.
Where do you go to fly? Who do you go with?
Its not even a hobby for me, just a fun thing to do a couple times a year. I know nothing about these things and am in awe of those people who do the stunt stuff.
Other kite info you have?
Posted 24 April 2005 - 06:10 PM
___Anyway, I found in the garage I still have the box kite I used for aerial photography___I will locate the link for the camera carriage & the last photo I can find from the kite.
Posted 24 April 2005 - 06:19 PM
Posted 24 April 2005 - 06:28 PM
___You bring up a serious point though, that of safety in kiting. From contacting electric wires, to hitting someone, to being hauled in to the air, it has some potentially fatal consequences. Part of the draw for me; the element of risk that is & taking steps to lessen it.
___Keep these kite stories coming!
PS The camera carriage & aerial photo are attachments to posts #17 & #18 in the thread "Minimalist Multifunctionism..." in the Lounge.
Posted 25 April 2005 - 06:26 AM
I am thinking of something else now as I am writing. I wonder if there is any size limit here in the U.S. for them. I am also a rocket hobbyist and any rocket that weighs more than 3.3 pounds or has more than 62g of propellant requires FAA approval before flight because of the potential danger to commercial aircraft. Thus I wonder, if I could bridle a barn door correctly would it be legal for me to fly it?
Posted 25 April 2005 - 10:26 AM
___As to the FFA, I am not aware of a size limit but the law says no one may fly a kite or tethered balloon above 500 feet without a conditional permit. I have never heard of anyone getting ticketed however.
___They flew a parafoil at Long Beach that was 115' x 114' & it would hold the World Record except a guy got caught in the lines as it went up & then he fell from 100ft & died. With everyone checking the dead guy, no one bothered to get the kind of evidence that Guiness wants & the kite never made it in their book. Then it was later set afire while in storage. I Googled 'Worlds largest kite' yesterday & while many have large kites they claim are the record, none are as big as this one was.
___On that note, I have a newspaper article with a photo of it but I don't know if it's OK to post it because of copyright; anybody know?
___Great kite story again C1ay! Keep flying.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 10:17 AM
___One of the neat things about it all was how this old fella's eyes lit up as he relived his youth in that story. Now I'm wondering what is the oldest example of a kite known? Mmmm...
Posted 29 April 2005 - 07:36 PM
Now, THAT my dear Turtle, is a UFO!!!
... this guy & his friends took a kerosene lamp & tied it inside a large box kite. Then they tied the kite to the bumper of their Model T Ford & took off driving through the countryside. The old man said the whole countryside was in an uproar over the 'mystery' lights in the sky!
Klaatu Barata Nikto,
Posted 02 May 2005 - 05:50 AM
some of us downunder occassionally have a go at training sugar gliders and stuff to fly for us, send messages and such, does that count? Not much good it did. Dem little fellas are shockin spellas and ya can't unnerstand a ting dey say! Greater gliders are a better bet, but ya need a hell of an arm ta fling 'em in the air. cheers gub.
Posted 03 May 2005 - 11:52 AM
___I have had birds chase & attack kites before.
Posted 03 May 2005 - 05:07 PM
Don't you need a sense of humour to be pulling someone's leg? According to the kids there's not a funny bone in my body, but, what would they know?
Do you have o'possums in the States, or they only found further south? Gliders are close cousins to our marsupial possums, some of whom hold an ecological niche similar to your little masked bandits rac-hoons, where-as the gliders are mainly nectar and/or pollen/blossum feeders. Now, these omniverous possums brushies, short for brush-tail possums,they sure can count! When her kids come back from raiding MY FRUIT TREES, mama brushie will send them straight back to get my last bXXXXy PLUM!!! if they're even just one measly piece of fruit short! cheers gub.
Posted 03 May 2005 - 07:47 PM
___We have opposums, but I live in the city & they mostly get in garbage that I know; we have racoons too here. (Pacific Northwest US) We have plenty of orchards round about though; hazel nuts (filberts), apples, cherrys, & plums, but I don't know any growers or if opossums are a problem for 'em.
___I have experience in using remote control to drop teddys from a kite, but never dropped a bushie mate! Good luck.
Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:21 PM
Aerial Kite Photo
___Where are all you closet kiters hiding?
Posted 13 May 2005 - 05:11 PM
___Not only did Alexander Grahm Bell have a hand in inventing the telephone & the first practical hydro-plane, he did extensive experimenting with kites. Remembering he was active before the Wright brothers flew, he like many others were seeking military contracts for kites to lift observers.
___Large kites are necessary & Bell favored designs based on clusters of relatively small tetrahedral cells. If no one beats me to it, I'll look for some photo links.
___What kind of kite do you have?
PS Here is link:
Posted 26 June 2005 - 08:08 PM
___A quick search of "world kite altitude record" turned up this interesting article:
___The reported 10,000+ feet is much lower than I recall reading; more research!
PS Because of the many parameters affecting a kite line, no expression extant describes the relation of string length to kite altitude.
Posted 09 July 2005 - 05:33 PM