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19/09/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 September 2010 - - - - - - · 22 views

A dry grey day as befits mid September. A high cloud base provided the panorama of the northern and southern stacks for the Heathrow approach with an odd, larger than usual aircraft, take off from City Airport thrown in for good measure.In reflective mode I'm wondering how it is, after 20 plus years flying the Revolution kite, we 'put up with'...

12/09/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 12 September 2010 - - - - - - · 30 views

After 4 weekends away Blackheath was looking very green today compared to how it looked just over a month ago.There was time today to shuffle the carefully dried (after Sunday at Bristol) team kit ahead of the final two events of the season, Knokke in Belgium (25-26/09) and Margate in England (02-03/10).The standard JB Pro 1.5 on 3 wrap was about right in...

30/08/2010 Portsmouth

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 August 2010 - - - - - - · 44 views

It was an excellent event at Portsmouth this year with 'slightly' demanding conditions on Sunday afternoon. <grins>Thanks to everyone who took up the challenge of the grid fly in the arena on both days and also for all those who took advantage of the dedicated Rev field on Saturday, Sunday and Monday as well.Having flown alongside Herman v...

23/08/2010 Home in Hackney

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 August 2010 - - - - - - · 23 views

Just a quick note to confirm that after a very constructive week at WSIKF I got home at about 2:30pm local time today.<grins>FelixEDIT 26/08/2010. So we did not get close to 100 which means that it is still there as a challenge for the future. What was achieved though was a great lift in the confidence and capability of many fliers and also an und...

08/08/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 08 August 2010 - - - - - - · 24 views

After a tense week, both at work and personally it was great to wind down in light breezes on Blackheath today. For the third weekend running it was light enough to set up the Zen alongside the JB Pro. Today we were flying into the sun so the plain white Zen glittered dramatically.I ended up leading a 'no call' routine with the 1.5s in 'treacl...

01/08/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 01 August 2010 - - - - - - · 41 views

Another Zen possible day but again, like last weekend, alternating with the 1.5 JB Pro. Both line sets benefited from some precision adjustment enabled by the needle nosed pliers. I'm thinking that a finer leader knot spacing is going to be beneficial, about 1/4 inch steps should be good. Sliding adjustment has it's attractions but I do not think...

25/07/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 25 July 2010 - - - - - - · 30 views

So it is now three weeks to WSIKF. I flew Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Winds were light enough on Sunday to get the Zen out. I tried the 'very long' handles initially but the kite felt 'too heavy'. Switched to the 13 inch clip-less and found the sweet spot without delay. Flying with 3 wrap centre and Race rods the kite was 'spring...

18/07/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 18 July 2010 - - - - - - · 29 views

A quiet fly on Blackheath today.With just four weeks to until the WSIKF event I was contemplating the static drift we used to enjoy when flying the Paul Morgan Mega Deltas. I recall seeing six or more kites at the top of their wind window drifting in unison if not spiralling on thermals.At Portsmouth 2008 I remember watching the ripple of gusts moving acr...

11/07/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 11 July 2010 - - - - - - · 35 views

Jørgen Møeller Hansen joined us on Blackheath today and we were able to fly the vented 1.5 sails that he had designed for us last year. It was the first time he had seen these sails in action and having been anxious about the graphic he was very pleased with the results.We were four fliers today and flew 3 wrap frames in a relaxed slo-mo pace (verging on...

04/07/2010 Sunderland

Posted by Felix Mottram, 04 July 2010 - - - - - - · 28 views

The Northern Area Playing Fields at Washington proved to be a testing venue this weekend. Light breezes on Saturday prevented a grid demo going ahead on Saturday despite sterling efforts from the potential participants earlier in the day.Sunday provided some really difficult conditions with wind speed variations occurring very quickly. We ended up flying...

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