He had an SLE with the big spars, and no adjustment leaders... While I was there, I cued him into the 1/4" spars and the adjustments on the handles, which prompted his questions.
thanks for taking the time to show me your setup while you were in Perth.
I've set my handles up like you said and I'm having a fat time trying different settings with mixed results. Have taken the SLE leading edge out and fitted the 1/4'' spars and now I don't over control it as badly as before. Cheers for that.
When I fly what should I focus on? The line tension, the leading edge? I't does my head in and I make the same mistakes over some days. It's a fantastic learning curve and a great way to unwind after work.
Hey there ******!
Before I reply to your questions, I just want to say, your reaction upon meeting me really made my trip... I meant what I said, I'm just a flier (albeit a veteran), and it's always wonderful to meet other folks with the same passion, so thanks for that.
Great, on the 1/4" spars and adjustments on the handles... You've got the tools now.
As for practice... OWN THY HOVER.
Practice your hovers... Facing upright, 3 o-clock and 9 o-clock, then add in 10:30 and 1:30 (facing upper left, then upper right)... Next, try hovering with the kite facing lower left, then lower right... Not fast switches between, mind you, just hovering in each spot.
Then, take it inverted (leading edge straight down).
Once you own a stationary hover facing all 8 directions, you've got control.
From there, move it around, with controlled speed, or fast "zips" from one spot to another, specific spots in the sky... Pick objects (signs, barrels, etc) to place either your right or left wing tips on... Come flying across the sky at full speed, then try and land it upright exactly where you want, fast as you can.
Basically, these are all tools to strengthen your control of the kite through specific actions or goals (as opposed to simply "trying" to control the kite).
Also, a special practice for you... Let the brake (top) adjustments out one knot at a time (longer top lines) until you absolutely cannot launch the kite, then pull 'em back in by one knot... Fly that way (despite the difficulties) for at least 30-40 minutes out of every several hours flying.
It's going to feel weird as hell, but this is the ideal tuning once you get used to it.
I've trained iQuad to fly with the style I use, which I'm sure you've seen on video and can appreciate the control... We use 7"-8" extensions on our top lines, MASSIVE by most standards, but the global Rev community is readily making the switch, as we're able to get the specifics and some hands on training out there.
If you push through, and keep trying it, you'll begin to understand... Especially in high wind.
Last but not least, do your best not to "jerk" your controls (turns/forward/reverse)... Ramp the inputs, as to say, make the inputs very minute, soft, speeding them up only as you begin to have a firm understanding of the amount of input required for any given movement.
Keep your hands on the foam (not at the top of the handles), so your index finger is right at the top edge of that foam... Tension on the index finger is for forward, middle finger is for hover, and ring finger is for reverse ("micronizes" the input), thumb and pinky are simply for leverage and grip on the handles... Obviously that's not exact, but it provides a more refined perspective on how the controls work, as opposed to swinging around 13" of handle every time you want to do something.
To answer your questions directly... Line tension, key.
Fly the middle panel (with the logo), pressure and engine is in the center of the kite... The wings are just ailerons, to turn the kite... When you launch, pull the whole thing towards your chest while favoring the top lines, try not to "pull the top lines over your head".
Some great videos to get a feel for body work...
(a little extreme - but still useful)
Yeah, yeah... I flail a lot, and you don't need to be as active to control the kite. <grin>
But, it should provide some reference for where your hands should live (below your neck), how to power up (sharp pull towards the chest), how inputs are applied (tapping or gradual), etc... Reverse flight always takes less input than you think you need, give it a second to respond and pick up speed.
The motherlode of Rev videos on YouTube, anything worth watching is pretty much here...
Well, you asked... *chuckle*
Once you feel like you're on the road (but not perfected) with these things, if you're inclined, get back to me with a report of your experiences/difficulties... Then we'll go from there.
On the whole though, write anytime... But please be patient, my replies can be delayed at times due to travel or work schedule... But, I WILL respond.
Cheers, good winds.