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#1 ANDYPHOTO

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 02:38 AM

day one,,,,

met up with BIG BRI on sunday up ashurst beacon, he kindly gave me the two revs he had promised and we met up about 11.30..

first lesson was how to stake up, unwind the lines and set up the kite,,,

quick idiots guide from BRI n i was up :) n down n up n down...... one of his remarks was "good FLASHING!!!!!" HE SAYS ITS A HYBRID OF FLYING/CRASHING :)

big lad then made some fine adjustments to the handles ( dunno what he did to be honest) but is seened a lot easyer to control and i felt like i was sort of telling the kite what to do as opposed to the other way round :)

straight launch up n down n hold were not bad after a while ( well in my opinion ha ha)

out again tomorow weather permitting trying to sort out the "own thy hover!!"

cheers bri n cheers kev for loan o kites.....

ILL KEEP YA POSTED..........

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 02:48 AM

:) A pleasure mate.

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 03:37 AM

You go Andy, good to have you on our side!!

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 03:47 AM

Well done Andy - keep posting how you're progressing.

P.S. - and remember buying kites is a lot less painful than buying camera gear! :blink:

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 05:08 AM

one of his remarks was "good FLASHING!!!!!" HE SAYS ITS A HYBRID OF FLYING/CRASHING :)



Hahahahaha!!!!!! FLASHING..............Love that expression!!!!!!!

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 05:48 AM

Welcome to the darkside Andy! It's all downwind from here.........

At first it will not feel like you have had any improvement as you are flying, until the next time you go out. Then you realize you are better at it than last week........ :)
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Posted 01 December 2009 - 09:12 AM

:) A pleasure mate.

In the Rain,wind,sleet,cold,mud,damp......We luv it though dont we

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Wait a sec, that all you ever have from what I hear. :lol:
On second thought, that sounds like my area for most of the year also. :rolleyes:

And flashing? What comes to mind is someone wearing a trenchcoat and shoes, but nothing else. :confused!:

Keep working on those skills, and don't get bummed out. It helps having a buddy to fly with like Brian.

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 10:34 AM

Trenchcoats might do for team uniforms. <grin>

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 10:53 AM

Trenchcoats might do for team uniforms. <grin>


THE WAY IM SHAPING AT THE MOMENT MAYBEE A BALACLAVA TO HIDE MY IDENTITY MAY BE AN OPTION :)


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Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:44 AM

Hi Andy-

It's soooooooo much fun; even if you're just "flashing" at the moment!!! It gets better and better.
Keep at it
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Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:15 AM

day two......

went up beacon today on my own..

set kite up as previously shown by BRI, all was seemingly going well....... oh my god it reminded me of my fishing days i was in a right knot!!!!!

half hour later i was up and carried on where i left of with the "flashing" !!!!!

another half hour later and there was more flying than crashing.

managed to hold a horizontal hover for a MASSIVE 5 seconds :) but i was chuffed none the less..

vertical hover was almost there slight movement but something im sure i will improve on net time out...

inverted hover ha ha ha ha FORGET IT!!!!!!! :) not happening yet.....

second time out and despite the poor start i came away feeling like i had progressed....

so couldnt ask for more really...

GOOD TIMES :)

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:35 AM

Hi Andy
stick with it - it really is worthwhile
have fun

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:30 AM

Was SO much easier with Bri stood by you being fluent with the Wind Up lines I bet.

As far as the inverted hover is concerned, if you start off inverted, then JUST lift off for a second or two, then drop it back to the ground, you have just done an inverted hover!!

Break it all down into simple little steps.

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:40 AM

what i am finding is when i attempt to reverse im losing control altogether and the kite is flipping back too far n wrapping up.
It doesnt do it when i am going straight up n down but more when i try to reverse vertically?????

ANDY........

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:57 AM

what i am finding is when i attempt to reverse im losing control altogether and the kite is flipping back too far n wrapping up.
It doesnt do it when i am going straight up n down but more when i try to reverse vertically?????

ANDY........


Learning to do the 'opposite' to get the correct result is all part of the fun. The learning is worth it. I will not mention ground staking.

I'm still learning/un-learning which makes it all seem so worthwhile.

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 02:24 PM

what i am finding is when i attempt to reverse im losing control altogether and the kite is flipping back too far n wrapping up.
It doesnt do it when i am going straight up n down but more when i try to reverse vertically?????

ANDY........

I would suggest small is beutifull.

Suppose there is a longer "throw" on the handles as far as "brake" is concerned, you need much smaller inputs for reverse I feel.

If you are setting up with the LE down all you need is that little bit of brake to get it to just rise, then you are hovering inverted.

Easy, aint it. Well no actually, I am still all over the place in downside up mode.

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:46 AM

So good to hear you're flying, Andy :)

Now, we all know all about initial inverted instability and losing control etc. It's because you're overcontrolling. Inputs for inverted hover have to be extra small. I shouldn't worry about that just yet, to be honest. I'd suggest working on verticals first because it's just such a useful position to be in. Not just hovers, but then vertical slides too. And then reverse flight (while kite is still vertical). Just get the feel for it first, and finer control will come soon enough.

Also, I totally agree with what Baloo said about inverted take-offs. Give that a try, it's good for building up muscule memory, which is what you need to "fly by feel".

Good luck and I hope to see you this spring on one of the festivals :)

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 01:05 AM

Keep up the good work mate.

I shall try and get out again with you soon.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:51 PM

day 3...

NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!

set up and couldnt control kite at all no mater how i tried.....

10/15 mins later n i must o done something wrong...........

noticed that the bridal wasnt sitting right so made sure everything was clear...


OH MY LORD!!!!! the lines were in a right state!!!!!!

30 minutes later and im still strugling...

wound up 3/4 of the lines and now have the task of trying to salvage em,,,,,,,, its gonna be a long job cos it loks like a bowl of spaghetti........

BAD TIMES :(

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:59 PM

in the past few years its so great to see all these new fliers getting a chance to be taught by someone who has flown before.. back in 97 when i started i had to teach my self and that was a struggle as i am a hard learner ;) when i bought my first 1.5 witch i still have..this is why if and when i ever get the chance to show someone how to fly these kites i will do it at will..
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