Stumbled along this thread while looking at where to start with team flying. Where I am there is no one that team flys but there are 2 of us that are wanting to have a go at some team stuff with a third person getting an 1.5 SLE soon to join us. What I would like to know is some real basic things that we should be looking at doing to get things underway. Yes we all will need to get some 120' lines at some stage in the near future but at this stage we are looking at the very basic stuff.
So, what would use guys suggest we start looking at to get the hang of very early stages of Rev Team flying?
At the very start...I'd begin with a couple basics to get going.The Follow.
Basically, have someone lead and the others follow the path of the leader.
The goal, to maintain even spacing, speed, and smooth lines.
The most common format for this among quad team fliers is that the person standing farthest to the right is the leader, with each person to the left following in succession.
The most common pattern, the one you will see most teams and mega-flys perform, is a figure-8 shape turned sideways. The leader will fly to the right in a large clockwise circle in the right half of the window, come up in the center and turn a counter clockwise circle in the left half of the window. You will start to get the feeling of what other kites' lines pushing on yours feels like as you come up halfway for the second circle.
Ball and burst.
Practice hovering in a ball formation. With three kites, you can have the top kite straight horizontal, and the other two will be beneath facing outward diagonally toward the ground. Winds up more of a triangle than a ball, but that's fine for three. Practice keeping your formation steady.
Then practice flying outward at the same time. Do slow, and fast. Try to move at the same speed as the other kites. Keep straight lines.
Practice returning to the ball position by flying backward exactly to where you came from. Remember that the kites coming up can't go as fast as the one coming down, so the top kite needs to match its speed to others so they arrive back at the middle at the same time.Have Fun
This last one's pretty easy, in my opinion. Hardly need to practice that anymore.