It's ALIVE!!!! IT's ALIVE!!!!
The winds we better today not great but better. They were on the light side with some dead spots but every 10 minutes or so a wave of 8mph wind would come along. It was enough that I could work with it.... just had to be patient (not one of my qualities). Anyway the Rev was poised and ready, then with a sharp tug on the top of the handles and HALLELUJAH!!!! it went right up just like a puppy who learned his first command. It just went right up!!! All in all I flew the Rev for about an hour with occasional pauses to wait for better wind. I had a few times where I lost it and had to go untwist the kite and fix the lines but not too many. I did learn to do the inverted take off; that was encouraging. I did 90's left and 90s right, did 180s, did some figure 8s. I even tried hover in the vertical position but there didn't seem to be enough wind to hold it. Gravity was wining that battle. I did pull back on the handle controling the high side and it worked sometimes but felt like it was going to loose it. I landed and launched and landed an launched. No major crashes... a few 'controlled' crashes, hence the practice doing the inverted takeoffs.
It was the first day really flying the Rev. It's technical flying... that's the way I describe it when asked. I like it. It is a envigorating and relaxing at the same time. I enjoy having the option to fly my foils or my Rev.... makes a great combination. Now, I am ready for the next day! I must get to the beach though and see what smooth, continuous wind is like..... hopefully this weekend.
maybe I should start another post but I'll ask it here. As I was cutting across the window, the kite at times makes its buzzing sound as it cuts the wind. Sometimes the buzz was nice and tight but other times it was a looser sound like a flapping instead of the buzz. I couldn't see any rhyme or reason for why this difference in sound. Is it just "as the wind blows" or do you think it is something I may be doing unknowingly with my hand position?
John, I will surely take your suggestion about the leaders. I'm going to do my research now. I'll get back to you.... thx
Edited by DonaldLL, 13 May 2009 - 07:17 PM.