01 May 2013

100 Rev Mega Fly at WSIKF 2013!

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If you’re a Rev enthusiast, come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Revolution Kites in Long Beach WA during the Washington State International Kite Festival with the largest recorded gathering of Rev fliers anywhere in the world and what we hope will be a new world record of ONE HUNDRED pilots and kites in synchronized formation, shattering the existing record of 64 set at WSIKF in 2010.

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Record attempts will likely be held on Thu/Fri/Sat, but those new to GRID format are advised to come a couple days early to learn and practice – also take a good look through the resources listed below.

We’re looking at 100 pilots, 400 individual strings to make a grand total 48,000 feet (over 9 miles) of kite line and 500 spars so the system and general familiarity of our pilots will be very important.

With a week long event, there will be a lot of opportunities for fliers to learn, make friends and get comfortable with smaller exercises before deciding if they’re ready to jump into large scale team flying – plus, Revolution will be giving free beginner flying lessons!

Scheduled Record Attempts:

Thu – 1pm to 2:30pm
(+30 min before for set up, same for tear down)

Fri – 1pm to 2:30pm
(+30 min before for set up, same for tear down)

Sat – noon to 1:30pm
(+30 min before for set up, same for tear down)

Supporting our efforts in various ways:

Revolution Kitescelebrating 25 years in 2013!
http://www.revkites.com/

Kitelife Magazinekiting info online!
http://www.kitelife.com/

The Kite Shoppeall about serious kites!
http://www.thekiteshoppe.com/

World Kite Museumkite history and fun!
http://www.worldkitemuseum.com/

There is a system, and it works!

Conceived by Felix Mottram and his UK teammates (The Decorators), grid format allows large group of Rev fliers to work in tighter formation, with generally simpler turns than typical team flying.

Videos from 2010 WSIKF (64 kite record)

With 36 additional kites (now 10×10) going into the new record, things will be MUCH tighter and we’ll need to work on closer body spacing and VERY clean 180 turns to make it all work properly.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

First and foremost, we’re kitefliers looking to have a good time and do something really cool as a group… All in, through and around that, will be some of the best camaraderie and skill exchange you’ll ever experience.

As long as you’re aware of your surroundings and keen to keep your feet out of lines, we WELCOME anyone with an interest in Revs… Come on over, make some friends, take a lesson with just about any one of the master pilots in attendance and even try your hand at a little basic team flying!

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

For those serious about getting involved, I recommend arriving no later than Wednesday night but Monday or Tuesday is best if you can make it – the festival is 7 days long… Thu/Fri/Sat are usually the days for our record attempts.

The actual job each pilot will be doing isn’t so difficult, mostly composed of:

- Solid speed control (slow/med/fast)
- Stable hovers (less than one meter of wiggle room)
- Clean 180 turns (up/down) without losing control
- Flying straight lines up/down/right/left
- Flying diagonal lines in most directions
- Slow reverse ability right/left/down and most diagonal

A good look through these videos (2008 record of 47 kites) will give you an idea of how far things can go, if we work, learn and have fun at this together…

And just to warp your mind a little more…

And an example of good, clean execution…

The key is to pick one kite in the video and watch what they actually do in terms of individual skills, don’t let get lost in the big picture… It looks amazing because EVERYONE is doing simple things together, as a group, under solid leadership.

AIRPORT

The nearest major airport is PDX (Portland, OR USA) at about 2:20 distance from Long Beach… SEA (Seattle, WA USA) is not too bad either at about 2:45 away from Long Beach.

HOTEL

Depending on where you’re coming from, you might try some of the usual online booking places like (www.hotels.com, www.orbitz.com, etc) but a lot of the Long Beach hotels are not in those systems… They’re nice, privately owned lodging that can be browsed more effectively here:

http://www.funbeach.com/
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http://goo.gl/maps/XWECZ
(WSIKF is primarily held between Bolstad Ave and Syd Snyder Dr)

Stay connected via the forum and Facebook, we hope to see you, team flying or not!

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