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#21 steveb

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 11:10 PM

A few Benefits of Winter flying:

1. No bugs buzzing around and sucking your blood/stinging you
2. Cold air is denser and you can fly in lower winds than on hot days. Lower winds have less wind chill
3. Not many ball/Frisbee players using the field
4. Dog & goose poop freezes, so it's not as messy
5. It gets you out of the house and into the fresh air
6. UV is lower, so you don't get sunburned as easily

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 05:25 AM

This tip is probably so obvious that everyone knows it, but just in case it helps someone, I'll post it:


Hi there,

Didn't know that one - I was on the point of working it out myself :) but now I know, and will use - thanks.

The best thing about flying in winter - we don't get winter :)

just got back from the beach - my rev is in hospital, it need some stiches, so I had my Flexifoil Sting and was teaching it to fly like a rev:)

Now I'm nice and weary and have had plenty of comments from the tourists :) I must just remeber to put in some slow music for the Flexi :) good fun tho.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 06:35 AM

Yes, despite the cold, winter winds are the best; they're not as gusty as fall winds and since the air is cooler you get better lift because there are less water molecules in the air (trust me, I'm a pilot and this is true for flying planes too).

So happy flying to everybody. Now get off the computer and get a kite out. hehe.
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 06:40 AM

Of course... There is always the other *dark side*.....

As in Indoor flying.. Warm , no snow and great exercise... just got back from 3 days at Camas . 4 competitions in one weekend, 8 hours of flying each day, and not a mitten in site.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 08:30 AM

Ok Bart ,

I am truly impressed...

First off, you are getting this hover thing down fast.. good for you and congrats!

Secondly... YOU ARE ACTUALLY FLYING IN THE COLD???? !!!

Seems to me I read and heard from you that you would *NEVER EVER FLY IN COLD WEATHER!!*

when the bug hits... it hits hard huh?


Thanks. I think I made it past one hurdle that was all in my head, that being, "I cannot get this hover" and when the dymanics started working I was less worried about it so naturally it got easier. With that block gone it has turned into more of "I can do this, I just need to work on it a bit more" which is a whole better way of thinking. "Can't" vs. "Can".

Yes, flying in the cold although it is still above freezing so it's easier to take. When it gets down below freezing I might change my mind on that. It also helps that my friend just got his foil and wants to fly it so is willing to go out in the cold. Gave me some incentive to do the same. Tomorrow should be even better, almost at the freezing point, 30kph winds which should feel pretty raw AND snow flurries.

Then again, you may just be right that it is becoming a full blown addiction and I have no control over it anymore. I fear it could be that. Yesterday I thought it was a pain to switch race rods between the two kites so should think about getting a second set as well as considered a mid-vent addition for the other two, wondered what Bazzer has up his sleeve for the Canadian flag version and if I would want one and generally thought about this coming Tuesday and wondering if I could get 4 or more hours in between morning and afternoon and, to top if off, having the occassional dream about flying.

God help me. I think it is too late.

Bart

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 08:54 AM

Hmmm... it's not raining. I think I'll go for a fly! :D

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:14 AM

So happy flying to everybody. Now get off the computer and get a kite out


This would be a great signature line quote Ang! You should use it before someone else does. B)
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:57 AM

Hmmm... it's not raining. I think I'll go for a fly! :D


I like that site - just wish that there was something like that for us. The best I can find for this part of the world is windfinder.com

Nice one - thanks

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 10:01 AM

Then again, you may just be right that it is becoming a full blown addiction and I have no control over it anymore. I fear it could be that.
Bart


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Posted 10 November 2008 - 11:08 AM

I like that site - just wish that there was something like that for us. The best I can find for this part of the world is windfinder.com

This is the closer beach that I fly at most of the time, but the Columbia Beach one has the best field, it's a lawn about 100 metres x 400 metres: flat as a billiards table. No worries about turning an ankle backing up or entangling your lines in hungry Wild Rose bushes.

Piper's Lagoon is more interesting, with lots of things to play with, but very unforgiving of errors. :cat_censored:
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 11:27 AM

This would be a great signature line quote Ang! You should use it before someone else does. B)



Good idea. I've been trying to think of a good signature. Hehe.
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 11:56 AM

I like that site - just wish that there was something like that for us. The best I can find for this part of the world is windfinder.com

Nice one - thanks

Rob


Here is a link for the Weather Channel for your desktop or laptop

http://www.weather.c...l?from=hp_tools

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 07:29 PM

It was practically T-shirt weather today.
I'm glad that I got out to take advantage of it as it looks like we're in for some serious rain the next while. :badmood:

/flying day #189 for 2008 :D

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 07:35 PM

It was practically T-shirt weather today.
I'm glad that I got out to take advantage of it as it looks like we're in for some serious rain the next while. :badmood:


It was so nice here today it was sickening because I worked all day. Forecast for tomorrow, though, has improved quite a bit - +7, 30 kph winds, only a chance of rain in the afternoon. I plan to be outside. Weather like this in November here is unheard of most years.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:37 AM

Here is a link for the Weather Channel for your desktop or laptop

http://www.weather.c...l?from=hp_tools


Thanks,

I'll keep an eye on it - it looks so far that windfinder will be better, but that's what we get live at the bottom of the right side of Africa :) at least the worst in winter is "sandals or shoes".

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:58 AM

After spending hours trying to teach a flexifoil to hover inverted.

Hello Rob the revoholic,

But it is possible even on a cold windy beach to teach a flexifoil to hover inverted ;)
It's just harder work than a rev :blue-confused:

You can also try dive stopping them (strong lads shoul have no probs achieving this with a small foil) :kid_devlish:

Back on topic.... another nice cold day today, blue skies, no rain again :kid_content:
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:38 AM

A few Benefits of Winter flying:

1. No bugs buzzing around and sucking your blood/stinging you
2. Cold air is denser and you can fly in lower winds than on hot days. Lower winds have less wind chill
3. Not many ball/Frisbee players using the field
4. Dog & goose poop freezes, so it's not as messy
5. It gets you out of the house and into the fresh air
6. UV is lower, so you don't get sunburned as easily



Don't know how many Snow flyers there are out there but adding to the list above.......

a parking lot covered in snow now becomes a great flying location.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:41 AM

Don't know how many Snow flyers there are out there but adding to the list above.......

a parking lot covered in snow now becomes a great flying location.


It's also good for a snowboard and a Power Blast 2-4 :kid_smartass:
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:09 AM

This tip is probably so obvious that everyone knows it, but just in case it helps someone, I'll post it:

1. tie a half-hitch or figure 8 knot at the ends of your line:


2. The half-hitch acts like a 'handle' on the end of your lines


3. Instead of having to pick at a tight knot with your gloves off, you can easily grasp the 'handle'; even with gloves on


these r very handy on unsleeved lines all my lowwind stuff has them, and when i get sleeved lines made I get the loops made longer just for this reason. very handy.
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