Up and over sound
Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:45 AM
When I do an up and over, sometimes I get the sail 'rattling' and other times it's silent ... why is there a difference?
I notice that the sound is more likely when I really send it over the top, if I'm flying slower it's less likely to happen. I get this on both my SLE and B series altho it SEEMS to happen less on the B, but since th B is brand new and I didn't fly them back to back I could be wrong.
Setup is full sail, race rods and extended top leaders and shortened bottom leaders. The leaders JUST touch, bottom knot is less than an inch from the bottom ring and my top line is 2.25 inches back from the end of the top leaders.
Anyone how what the kite or me is doing different (aside from making a noise) through the move?
Posted 07 June 2010 - 02:30 AM
You can make the sail tighter, but I caution you to adjust the top elastic tensions first! If you only work on the bottom sail elastics you'll eventually push those top end-caps up above the leading edge (a sure snag point when you least expect it!)
Personally, I enjoy scaring folks on the sidewalks nearby the Washington Monument though using that sound! The screaming as the kite dives out of the sky, together with a dead-stop paste just above the soil gets 'em howling every time. I had the park rangers over speaking with me this past Sunday AGAIN. The new rangers always want to know "what the heck are you setting up fella?". This one was a bike guy, young and interested enough to come back twice (interested or just checking-up on me?!)
Posted 07 June 2010 - 06:18 AM
The only kite I saw was on the way in from Dulles to my hotel in DC - a dual line being flown in one of the parks. Not sure which one since I didn't have my bearings yet.
Posted 07 June 2010 - 06:28 AM
Next time you do an up and over try pulling the handles down with even pressure on all four lines as you pass over the top. You will find with a little practice that you can create a good amount of glide allowing you to travel a ways while the kite descends at a slight angle. (Paul told me this)
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:32 AM
So not a problem as such, just a lack of refinement and a dose of heavy handed monkeyness
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