I can see that these manoeuvres look amazing, but - with the cross stop in particular - it looks as if there will be a lot of crossed/pulled strings... To me, the highest risk factor is instability (myself or another flyer) when we are all mutually dependent and there is no clean exit available. Visualising the line crosing and line twists is much more difficult with the 2 dimensional representations available to us, without a lot of real-life experience to back it up.
So I do like David's idea of a Richter Scale for moves - this could be very helpful for encouraging and developing novice teams and MegaFly opportunities. Defining the factors leading to difficulty and a Request For Comment on a Quad-line MultiFlier Richter Scale format could be spawned to another discussion thread? [I'd guess that STACK or other multi-line competition formats have developed some of these elements in the context of smaller numbers of participants.]
The idea of the Super Sixteen came about somewhat spontaneously at Long Beach when conditions became less than ideal for the grid fliers given all their different capabilities. The Sixteen volunteers quickly showed an ability to cope with the light breeze keeping the kites moving across the window and throwing in the manoeuvres as called by Stephen and John B (as I recall).
It seemed a good idea to up the ante and try to develop the framework for a 'performance' that could be presented when a 'sufficient' number of capable fliers were available even if conditions were not suitable for the full grid mega-team. There would be a need to document the moves that could be components in such a performance and invite suggestions. (The same applies to the full grid mega-team obviously.) John M asked me about threading and as The Decs had recently flown the 8 person 'sprocket' his proposed move did not sound completely impossible. <grins>
I think that everyone is aware that wrapped lines and no clear exit route are a significant threshold in the development of the grid mega-team. Getting a core of fliers together who can cope with that situation seems to me to be the way to gain experience and develop the possibilities.
I hope that this makes sense!
Edited by Felix Mottram, 15 November 2010 - 12:42 PM.