Finally got some solid practice time
Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:10 AM
The lines from Theresa are very nice, I flew on 80' and 30' that day almost evenly, but with a bit more time on the 30's.
The vented was (as JB has told me) very smooth. I started with the full sail SLE (with 1/4" frame) for a while but switched to the vented B after about 20 minutes. The full sail was using a 4 wrap LE and 3 wrap verticals, the vented B was running full 4 wrap frame. What I found interesting, was that the LE on the vented seemed to flex noticably more than the full sail in the air. It's wasn't a scary flex, just that nice curve that I've seen in so many normal pictures.
Anyone got an explaination for the difference?
Aside from that, I spent most of my time practicing trying to hold the kite stationary and make it rise/fall or slide left/right in those positions. I was mostly in a normal LE up or a LE sideways orientation while doing this. My inverted stuff is still WAY to wobbly at the moment, but I can hold the position okay in the orientations I was working with. It's not nailed to the sky, but it's definately a hover and I can make it rise/fall/slide on command (just not accurately or precicely yet).
As the light was fading and the winds dropping off, I got to work the vented in lighter winds where I had to use more body movement to get it back up in the air. I was using this time to focus a lot on even line tension to keep the sail pressure. I was looking for this when the winds were up, but as they died it made it more critical so I focused on it more.
So far, so good with the progress .... it was a good day, I'm hoping for another one soon where I can spend hours in the air.
Thanks again for the help.
Posted 07 July 2010 - 09:58 AM
Edited by stroke victim, 07 July 2010 - 09:59 AM.
Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:18 AM
I'd say I'm just getting going with the indoor, halfway to basic competence for street (but I can do a catch and throw), doing okay with wind powered flight (nothing inverted yet) and getting better at low wind flying.
I think that about covers most of it
Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:57 AM
The defining moment will be the inverted hover <grins>
The screwed up thing is in both street and indoor I can do an up and over including doing the low wind glide out for field recovery in a relatively straight line .... and yet the hover gets away from me real fast
The really screwed up thing is that if I try pause my glide away into a hover things go wrong, I can hold a 45 degree down hover (altho mostly to my left but I can do it to the right, just not as well) and I can reverse launch the kite.
I've got a few remedial drills I'm going to run with the help of my girlfriend to try stabilise my inverted hover as soon as I get a chance.
To add insult to injury (and make me very proud of her), my girlfriend accidentally did a perfect inverted slide from one side of the window to the other on 12' lines last weekend when I was actually trying to get her head around low wind ground recovery.
I'll get there eventually, unfortunately I have a day job that has me in an office instead of flying
Posted 08 July 2010 - 04:42 AM
Yeah, I'm now 4 Revs deep (SLE, B, B full vent and Indoor) with a Zen ALMOST ordered, a bunch of lines from Theresa (80, 50, 30, 20, 12, 8 and 5 all in 90# LPG and 12' in 50# for the indoor), a pile of rods (2, 3 and 4 wrap, SLE and race rods) with 2 sets of my most used rods and I'm working on indoor, street, solo and just starting to learn to fly in the same space as my girlfriend.
I think that about covers most of it
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:38 AM
Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:40 AM
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 05:45 AM
Sunday was gusty wind in the 8-16 mph area where I worked on flying for fun, different rotation point, hover orientations, slides, reverses, inverted hovers (still can't hold it), iQuad style handle inputs, found a grip that I fly better with and made my Rev walk for the first time
The wind and weather were but I flew it all the same - I'm working on the "Anytime, Anywhere" skills.
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