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17/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 November 2013 · 194 views

Anticyclonic murk today with a very slight easterly air movement.  Hard to call it a breeze!  Standard sails with Diamond rods occasionally worked for team flying.  We should probably have got out the Zens and Robertshaws for comparative purposes but all six fliers were content to fly the 1.5 sail as and when possible.
 
I spent quite a bit of time rescuing ‘snagged’ or ‘wing tipped’ fliers but did find a moment to take the kite for an extended walk ‘downwind’.  The responsiveness of the spars meant that I could pull the kite through two extended 180 degree turns and get it close to the top of the window in only a few of steps back albeit with lots of ‘long arm’ input.  As noted back in the summer the glide away seems to go on for ever without any adjustments for weight distribution with these spars.  Interesting to compare the technique for flying a Cody (or a fighter kite) here.  You need to know how hard to pull and how quickly to release the line…
 
One more weekend fly at Blackheath then it's the Miami trip!
 
Felix 




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