Posted 31 July 2007 - 10:12 AM
So i unfolded the kite, set it up, attached the lies to the kite, ran em out and connected em to the handles. A few turns later I had the lines un tangled however while I was doing so the kite had lifted up off the ground and flopped around a bit (it really wanted to fly). Having forgotten a screwdriver, and not wanting a golf ball kite stake (what does golf have to do with kites anyway?) I carefully pushed one of the 4-wrap rods into the ground. Before you try this at home, I live in the desert there is 1/8th inch of grass then all sand. So again I walked back to my kite once or twice, and got the bridle unwarpped and it sitting pretty.
And boy did that kite lift off the ground when I was back at the handles and ready to fly. We had our typical gusty 10-15mph winds I would guess. So, time to practice what I had been shown several months earlier, up/down, hover.
Not 5 minutes into my flight here come 3 kids running under my kite, oh and here comes the mother... not to pull them to a safe distance but rather to help them chase after it and shout something like up orfly in spanish. they didnt understand a bit of english, and I know about 5 words in spanish. So I zigzagged the kiteback down the field, stopping briefly a couple times so they could run up to the kite and chase it, since they were going to anyway. 10 minutes later I came to rest on the ground and they pretty much walked through the lines and over the kite when i put slack in so the kids wouldnt get hurt. At that ppoint in time i was out of field to back into and it was dark.
so if anyone questions it, the vented b-Series can even withstand the forces of a troupe of unwieldy children (age 6 at most).
It was a good first flight though, no walks of shame. could of used slightly better conditions but this is what i expected the wind to be like. So now I sit in my office looking for a window so I can see if the wind is up, jonesing for my next flight
Posted 31 July 2007 - 11:35 AM
And I feel your pain about being stuck in the office, I don't have a window and I'm still trying to figure out a way that I can make a 2" kite that I can fly in my office. That would be pretty cool huh?
Happy flying to everybody. Now get off the computer and get a kite out! hehe
Posted 31 July 2007 - 11:42 AM
Posted 31 July 2007 - 11:57 AM
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
(found in a fortune cookie - possibly an Einstein quote)
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 12:07 PM
Posted 31 July 2007 - 12:11 PM
Sounds like a good time. If that ever happens, a thing I like to do is the toss and catch thing. I'll catch the kite, so then the kids can't chase it any more. Once they get bored and go terrorize someone else, I throw it out and keep on flying!
yeah well let me figure out how to fly it first, then I will work on playing toss and catch.
Posted 01 August 2007 - 04:30 AM
To cut the story short, it was a perfect day for flying, sunny, 15mph wind and loads of space on the beach. So, I set up my kite and started flying, after about an hour my hands started to get tired so I landed the kite inverted, staked the handles and walked back to the car. As I was sitting in my car there were many cars driving past in front of me (at the back of the beach) but not near to my kite (nearer to the sea) and then out of nowhere came a lifeguard truck driving down the beach and before I could react and get thier attention it had driven over the lines (still attached to the kite and staked handles)!! Luckily, somehow, the kite didnt seem to react too badly, it just sort of jolted towards the handles a bit, it was not damaged in anyway....
Anyway this weekend just gone I was at the same beach and the same truck drove along again but this time I think the driver had learned his lesson as he drove around the rev and not over it!!
Posted 01 August 2007 - 05:07 AM
Ya big girl's blouse, Barresi! I favour razor-wire tails myself..... (Oh come on - you can't deny it would do the trick!! )
Nice work Chad, glad to hear it all worked out... We always want to take care with passerby, no matter how frustrated we might be, or how daft they are.
Posted 01 August 2007 - 06:11 AM
Posted 01 August 2007 - 08:18 AM
Anyone know how to say " Those strings will cut you" in spanish?
Posted 01 August 2007 - 08:22 PM
Anyone know how to say "Those strings will cut you" in spanish?
Esas secuencias le cortarán
Posted 02 August 2007 - 06:37 AM
Esas secuencias le cortarán
seeing how Revs are world wide perhaps we should start a series of how to say "those strings will cut you" and other key Rev phrases like "Hold still, im just going to land it on your head" in various langauges. lol
Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:27 AM
"El Stringos El Cut You!!!"
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