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Poll: So you're coming to WSIKF... (26 member(s) have cast votes)

What days will you be attending?

  1. August 18, Sunday (10 votes [6.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.21%

  2. August 19, Monday (16 votes [9.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.94%

  3. August 20, Tuesday (17 votes [10.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.56%

  4. August 21, Wednesday (23 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  5. August 22, Thursday (25 votes [15.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.53%

  6. August 23, Friday (25 votes [15.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.53%

  7. August 24, Saturday (23 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  8. August 25, Sunday (22 votes [13.66%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.66%

Have you ever flown grid format before?

  1. Yes, in group of 36 kites (6x6) or less. (5 votes [19.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.23%

  2. Yes, in group of more than 36 kites. (12 votes [46.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.15%

  3. No, never flown grid but I can't wait! (9 votes [34.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.62%

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#1 Kitelife

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:34 PM

Come to Long Beach for what is likely to the biggest Rev party ever held, and an attempt to break the existing Rev mega fly world record (currently 64 kites) with 100 pilots or more in attendance during the Washington State International Kite Festival (www.kitefestival.com) in Long Beach, WA USA.


NOTE: Actual record attempts are scheduled Thu/Fri/Sat, but those new to GRID format are advised to come a couple days early to learn and practice... One hundred kites in formation is NO JOKE, this isn't something a novice/intermediate pilot will just be able to show up and participate in at the last minute - there will be learning, practice and "try out" opportunities for folks who aren't sure... Really, we're keen on helping anyone get into this, it doesn't take much - but showing up early will help ensure your readiness. wink.png

Scheduled Record Attempts:


Thu - 1pm to 2:30pm 
(+30 min before for set up, same for tear down)

Fri - 1pm to 2:30pm 
(+30 min before for set up, same for tear down)

Sat - noon to 1:30pm 
(+30 min before for set up, same for tear down) 

 

Field B is dedicated to Rev fliers all week, except for Thursday as the World Kite Museum will be using the field until noon for a themed kite fly - we'll start setting up around the edges and be ready to roll onto the field at noon, preparing for our initial 1pm record/practice attempt... We'll make a run at it even if we don't have 100, still a fun chance to practice, and the old record is only 64 so maybe we can break it twice in one week! kid_smartass.gif


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Supporting our efforts in various ways:

 

Revolution Kites - celebrating 25 years in 2013!
http://www.revkites.com/

Kitelife Magazine - kiting info online!
http://www.kitelife.com/
http://www.learnkites.com/

The Kite Shoppe - your source for Rev stuff!
http://www.thekiteshoppe.com/

World Kite Museum - kite history and fun!
http://www.worldkitemuseum.com/


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We're looking to coordinate the world's largest ever Rev Mega Fly with 100 pilots, 100 kites, 400 individual strings to make a grand total 48,000 feet (over 9 miles) of kite line and 500 spars.

There is a system, and it works!

Conceived by Felix Mottram and his UK teammates (The Decorators), grid format allows large group of Rev fliers to work in tighter formation, with generally simpler turns than typical team flying.

 

Videos from 2010 WSIKF (64 kite record)



 

Video from Berck sur Mer, 2013 (30 kites in grid)

 

 

A good look through these videos (2008 record of 47 kites) will give you an idea of how far things can go, if we work, learn and have fun at this together...

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=BGygKnDj0eg
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=vMOXesdyJFA

And just to warp your mind a little more...

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=1qbCgPJ8LN4

The key is to pick one kite in the video and watch what they actually do in terms of individual skills, don't let get lost in the big picture... It looks amazing because EVERYONE is doing simple things together, as a group, under solid leadership. wink.png


With 100 kites (now 10x10) going into the new record, things will be MUCH tighter and we'll need to work on closer body spacing and VERY clean 180 turns to make it all work properly.

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LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

First and foremost, we're kitefliers looking to have a good time and do something really cool as a group... All in, through and around that, will be some of the best camaraderie and skill exchange you'll ever experience.

As long as you're aware of your surroundings and keen to keep your feet out of lines, we WELCOME anyone with an interest in Revs... Come on over, make some friends, take a lesson with just about any one of the master pilots in attendance and even try your hand at a little basic team flying!

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SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

For those serious about getting involved, I recommend arriving no later than Wednesday night but Monday or Tuesday is best if you can make it - the festival is 7 days long... Thu/Fri/Sat are usually the days for our record attempts.

The actual job each pilot will be doing isn't so difficult, mostly composed of:

 

- Solid speed control (slow/med/fast)
- Stable hovers (less than one meter of wiggle room)
- Clean 180 turns (up/down) without losing control
- Flying straight lines up/down/right/left
- Flying diagonal lines in most directions
- Slow reverse ability right/left/down and most diagonal


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AIRPORT

The nearest major airport is PDX (Portland, OR USA) at about 2:20 distance from Long Beach... SEA (Seattle, WA USA) is not too bad either at about 2:45 away from Long Beach.

HOTEL

Depending on where you're coming from, you might try some of the usual online booking places like (www.hotels.comwww.orbitz.com, etc) but a lot of the Long Beach hotels are not in those systems... They're nice, privately owned lodging that can be browsed more effectively here:
 

http://www.funbeach.com/
** or **
http://goo.gl/maps/XWECZ
(WSIKF is held between Bolstad Ave and Syd Snyder Dr)


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Stay tuned to this page for more discussion, and feel free to add some of your own!

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For more information, take a look at the event in the Kitelife calendar...

https://kitelife.com...trong-at-wsikf/

Or, visit our event page on Facebook!

https://www.facebook...14867438580073/


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#2 Felix Mottram

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

I got a quote from BA for flights to Seattle the other day.

Four people GB Pounds 4,819.40! (EDIT US$7,662.85)

This looks a bit problematic. I am aware that there are slightly cheaper flights available but they are not direct.

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#3 kwmf

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:09 PM

Looks about right ... When I went to WSIKF this year it cost me about $2000, perhaps a bit more.

That was for Durban - Johannesburg - Dulles - Portland and the same route back.

#4 Felix Mottram

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:30 AM

Looks about right ... When I went to WSIKF this year it cost me about $2000, perhaps a bit more.

That was for Durban - Johannesburg - Dulles - Portland and the same route back.


About right it may be but somewhat more than we paid in 2010 when four of the team made the trip.

I will probably make the trip but may we may not have a team as such. Portsmouth will benefit! <grins>

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:16 AM

Team bolau want to be this time with the American family of rev of Long Beach ,
We're trying to get our budget forces , working hard, the current cojuntura not help anything in Europe.

It is my dream to fly with you and visit your land. :plane:
I will certainly try, this time I have to do well, also coincide with the 25th anniversary of the company.

I look around to find someone who speaks Spanish :D :ani_wallbash:

Sorry for my English translator.

Saludos desde Espaņa.

#6 Kitelife

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:42 AM

Great Tonet, good luck my friend. :)

Have you tried communicating with Mario DiLucca?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:59 AM

Team bolau want to be this time with the American family of rev of Long Beach ,
We're trying to get our budget forces , working hard, the current cojuntura not help anything in Europe.

It is my dream to fly with you and visit your land. :plane:/>
I will certainly try, this time I have to do well, also coincide with the 25th anniversary of the company.

I look around to find someone who speaks Spanish :D/> :ani_wallbash:/>

Sorry for my English translator.

Saludos desde Espaņa.


Hi Tonet! I asked Mario Di Lucca (Island Quad) to contact you. He speaks Spanish and will be with us at WSIKF. :)

Mario! Where are you?? :)

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

Donde esta Mario?



That's about the best I can do... -Alden
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

Team bolau want to be this time with the American family of rev of Long Beach ,
We're trying to get our budget forces , working hard, the current cojuntura not help anything in Europe.

It is my dream to fly with you and visit your land. :plane:/>
I will certainly try, this time I have to do well, also coincide with the 25th anniversary of the company.

I look around to find someone who speaks Spanish :D/> :ani_wallbash:/>

Sorry for my English translator.

Saludos desde Espaņa.

Hola Tonet, soy Mario. Te puedes contactar conmigo en cualquier momento para hacer tus arreglos del viaje. Yo vivo en Victoria, British Columbia que esta unas 5 horas al norte de Long Beach. Formo parte del equipo Island Quad y seria fantastico porder volar con Bolau en Long Beach :) Asique por favor contactame por cualquier tipo de ayuda , OK. Sin duda este festival va a ser memorable y todos vamos a estar muy halagados de tu precencia.
Un gran abrazo
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:57 AM

Thanks for the help Mario! Looks like we're confirmed and good to go! Working out the transportation details next.

Thanks!



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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:04 PM

On that note...Tonet and 2 team members are confirmed, so I have confirmed/reserved their accommadation space.

Next..have space held for Felix and crew...just waitng on confirmation...

and with this news...I have filled all the space up for WSIKF 2013.

 

Thanks for all your patience while we sorted this out!



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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

On that note...Tonet and 2 team members are confirmed, so I have confirmed/reserved their accommadation space.

Next..have space held for Felix and crew...just waitng on confirmation...

and with this news...I have filled to space for WSIKF 2013.

 

Thanks for all your patience while we sorted this out!

Thank you so much T :) I just sent a PM to Tonet with the news!!

 

Cheers

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:58 PM

As previously mentioned, we could do a convoy from Seatac with a Saturday night stopover (arrival).

 

The route is familiar now...

 

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:21 PM

As previously mentioned, we could do a convoy from Seatac with a Saturday night stopover (arrival).

 

The route is familiar now...

 

Felix

 

Great!

 

Tonet plus 2 are coming through PDX. :)

 

This is going to be so much fun!!



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Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:15 PM

Theresa, thank you very much.Embarcare on a plane ✈ in Madrid but do not know where I'll be down, I hope everything goes well . I hope to get, not like, but I come. Do feel good, thanks.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:32 PM

HI John...

 

The new digs look great!!! :)

 

I will be in Long Beach;  I wouldn't miss this for anything!!  


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:29 AM

Hooray!  I'm finally going to make it to WSIKF!

 

I can't make the whole week, but I'll be arriving in Long Beach sometime on Wednesday and staying through most of Saturday...need to fly home on Sunday morning! Hopefully that'll be enough for the mega fly.



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

I now have two extra 1 bedroom condo units at Surfside in Ocean Park available if anybody is interested. Each unit sleeps 4; King bed in the master bedroom, sleeper sofa in the living room, two full bathrooms. 7 nights each, checking in on Sunday Aug 18th out on Sunday Aug 25th. Contact me directly for more information.

 

Gone!

 

 

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:38 PM

Just updated the lead post with a TON more information. ;)

 

John Mitchell is working on animations for a very basic routine that we can all get familiar with (threads, balls, bursts, etc) and will be likely to succeed at, stay tuned for info that this as it develops.

 

Pasting from my comment on the 100 Mega Fly page on Facebook:

 

My only worry is getting two rows of 50, may really be pushing it... There are also some concerns about how far fliers may have to walk if we spread the groups too far apart (some of our fliers aren't so quick or mobile in sand).


If we can't fit 2 rows of 50 - worst case, we may have 20 of our most able pilots NOT set up during initial launch... Do two rows of 40 (should fit in the field), have them launch and meet middle field, already forming the grid, then have the last 20 set up quickly (3-4 minutes max), launch and assume their positions.

Without a doubt, we'll also need a few people who understand what a grid looks like on the ground, and assign each one throughout the grid to help position people... WAY too many kites in the air to have people looking at their feet, "Jim follow my voice" and actual "by the shoulders" guidance will be very useful.

There's no way I'll be able to fly in this monster, so I'll likely be standing well back of the action over radio and/or the PA system along with one or two people I can use as runners.

I'll be pretty firm with field management and planning due to the higher number of kites, but pretty much everyone knows what they're doing by now.

 

The clock is ticking... :)


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:38 PM

Please vote in the new poll on this topic, will help us plan a bit - thanks!


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