I just whipped a couple of very rough, quick diagrams to show how the grid works...
25 pilots, 5 columns of 5... Kites as seen from behind, bodies as seen from above:
One column of 5, as seen from the side:
If you had any doubts of the basic knowledge required, I trust it's dawning now... And remember, this has already been done successfully with 50+ kites, more than once.
Also bear in mind, the grid LOOKS far more complicated than it actually is, but this should serve to illustrate the need for standardized knowledge.
Very rough for sure, and the end product will be a bit more polished (with supporting verbiage and video) but this is just a taste of the diagrams and information that we'll be making available.
Now, to get the juices flowing... Translate these calls to the grid above:
- "Rows 1, 3 and 5, face right... Now."
- "Rows 2 and 4, face left... Now."
- "All kites, slow forward... Now."
- "All kites, 180 (or turn to face the other way)... Now."
- "All kites, fly back to columns... Now."
At any time, if it all goes south... "All kites back to grid... Now."
The beauty of this system is that everything can broken down into groups by points of reference... It's really just a matter of knowing what # row and column you're in.
The mathematics of the whole thing really does work better with an even number of rows and columns, i.e. 6x6, 8x8, as opposed to the 5x5 I'm showing here.
Again, using the diagram above:
- "Columns 1, 3 and 5 fly up while columns 2 and 4 reverse down... Now."
- "All kites back to grid... Now."
- "Center kite (3-3) hold position, kites immediately around the center kite face outward to form a ball... Now."
- "Outside kites (all of columns 1 and 5, all of rows 1 and 5) face outward to form a ball... Now."
- "On my call, the center kite will spin to trigger a slow burst by both balls... Now."
- "All kites, slow reverse back to balls... Now."
- "And... Back to grid, now."
Crap, now I won't be able to sleep... Too much fun. <grin>