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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:59 AM

I'm lucky enough to get to travel to some interesting places with my work, and on occasions even get time to fly the odd kite.

However, I have two problems: Firstly my biggest suitcase is not big enough to take the longest spars or a rev (which means I resort to taking soft foil kites - not nearly so much fun as a Rev!) and secondly, I often travel with only hand lugagge, so would need to take the kites through the airport (which I think security don't like)

So, what are your experiences of travelling with a Rev? Do you trust your spars to the dreaded luggage hold, and if so, how do you protect them? Has anyone taken a Rev on a plane as hand luggage? If so, how?

Let us know your experiences, hints and tips!

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 02:37 AM

I use a fishing rod carry-tube cut down to the right length. I tape the ends onto the tube. £1.50 from any angling shoppe.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:06 AM

hi Groz.
have a look in decathalon in the fishing department.
they have got some hard tube like cases for holding rods.
it says it can take up to 7 rods.
looks the part, but at £41, mabe a tad dear it's up to you.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:19 AM

the question i have is that can the rods be used as carry ons??
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 04:25 AM

I have carried on the plane with a few kites and I use as a cane/walking stick, My indoor kites with handles still attached wrapped up in the kite a velcro holding few kites as one little package, Then every security that looks with wonder I get to tell them what they are a great conversation piece. I have done this many times post 911.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 04:37 AM

I travel to New Jersey alot from Florida and always bring my revs and a dual line. I have a plain HQ kite bag as a carry on and i only got stoped once in newark. Once i told them what i had they were fine. The bag fits in the overhead. No problems.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 07:03 AM

Remove spars from leading edge.
Fold Sail nice and square.Then place in with your shirts and stuff.
Get a Kitchen foil tube and seal one end well.
PLace spars in empty tube and have tape at hand once checked at Airport.
Place lines and handles in with your smalls.

Job done

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 08:19 AM

place your cut-down tube of kites into the overhead AFTER everything else is loaded in there.

Explain to security it's just kites, but don't try to take the golf ball stakes (that's a weapon in their eyes!)

I travel occasionally for business, as well as for pleasure. I use a map-case covered in leather when traveling light. Never been a hassle yet. I've even had the airplane staff stick it into the first class coat rack for me.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 08:26 AM

Do not try to have it as carry on at most European airports. It would be too long to be acceptable to security where carry ons must be no bigger than 22x 17.7x10 inches. A rev rod would be longer than the 22 inches.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:02 AM

The rule in the U.S. for carryons is roughly the same thing. However, I've never had trouble carrying on a couple revs and they fit easily in the overhead compartment. I just stick a couple kites in a single Rev sleeve.

In the UK/Europe, can you bring a walkingstick or umbrella on-board? They would fit in the overhead but are longer than 22".
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:03 AM

I have always used either Bazuka cases or KIS cases, both of which
are adjustable for length. The KIS box does have small wheels to
assist if you have a long walk.

Everytime I have flown they have never been weighed an always are
classed as oversize luggage. Just say they are sports kite equipment
if asked then there should be no charge.

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There is usually some of the smaller Bazuka cases on ebay at about
£30.00, I am not sure if the K.I.S. cases are still available but I have
had one for about 10 years.

Its a shame the rods do not fit in a standard size case, although I
always try in the hope something has changed :kid_cussing:



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Posted 07 March 2008 - 10:59 AM

Dave, maybe you have found another market for Rev! The travel Rev

It wouldn't take much to ferrule the down spars and make the leading edge a 4 piece spar instead, then the whole thing would fit in a regular suitcase.
I've got a few (not too many) broken rev rods, I might try it to see what all the extra ferrules do to the flight. I guess you could accept a compromise on flying if it was a choice between kite or no kite.

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I have always used either Bazuka cases or KIS cases, both of which
are adjustable for length. The KIS box does have small wheels to
assist if you have a long walk.

Everytime I have flown they have never been weighed an always are
classed as oversize luggage. Just say they are sports kite equipment
if asked then there should be no charge.

Bazuka.jpg

There is usually some of the smaller Bazuka cases on ebay at about
£30.00, I am not sure if the K.I.S. cases are still available but I have
had one for about 10 years.

Its a shame the rods do not fit in a standard size case, although I
always try in the hope something has changed :kid_cussing:



regards



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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:23 AM

In the UK/Europe, can you bring a walkingstick or umbrella on-board?

No. If you need a walking stick medically and it must be medically needed, it will be rayed, but this, wheelchairs and prams are the only exeptions. Nothing outside the measurements, which usually means nothing. It is not to do with the overhead locker. It is designed to limit the volume of stuff that has to be x-rayed. IMHO the rules, although they have recently been relaxed to allow 2 bags at some UK airports, is actually a reflection of the inefficiency of our security rather than a sensible set of rules. But that is only my opionion, and this is a kite forum not a aircraft forum. However I would hate for one of our summer guests to get into trouble.

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http://www.baa.com/
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:13 PM

I will make a suitcase frame in 3 wrap 1/4 inch where the rods are split in half and ferruled to put
back together, so far no problems and seems to work well......Ben :blue-cool: :blue-cool:

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:23 PM

I will make a suitcase frame in 3 wrap 1/4 inch where the rods are split in half and ferruled to put
back together, so far no problems and seems to work well......Ben :blue-cool: :blue-cool:


Friend Pete travels a lot and wanted to take his 1.5 so I made him a set up for suitcase packing, works fine.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:01 PM

Stephen, Funny you should mention the travel rev to Ben. I went to Toronto, Detroit and NY just a few weeks ago and took a rev with me. I took all 5 spars and cut all in half and glued an internal ferrule in to the end of 7 of the 10 pieces. I then carried a STD and a VTD sail, lines and handles and they all fit in a fairly small suitcase. I did not brave trying them as carry on, as I did not want to find TSA taking them away from me!!

I ended up flying the vented and it flew great.

Great minds think alike huh!

Thanks,

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:05 PM

Friend Pete travels a lot and wanted to take his 1.5 so I made him a set up for suitcase packing, works fine.

Did you use P200? Did it work out OK?
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:31 PM

And in the olden days when I travelled a bit more,

Malaysian Airlines & Japan Airlines almost positivley encourage taking kites.

I bought a washi paper and bamboo kite back from 96 World Cup for Phil Scarfe, and just wrapped it in brown paper. No worries.

Same trip I remember Airkraft, always passing the bag of Ultra lights first when getting to bagage - OH yes miss they ALL weigh the same :kid_devlish:

Then Team XS taking it in turns to see who carries the bits box, as they always got stopped at customs!!!

Golden Rule - DONT ever try and take Rev handles throu an Xray machine !!!!

IF you need to ask, lie one on its side, what does it look like !

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:55 PM

^my 17" Titanium handles did raise a few eyebrows with Security, but they seemed satisfied once I explained they were kite handles.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 02:54 PM

Last year I took a Rev II on holiday the spars were just short enough to fit my case (though 1.5 spars are too long).

Next time I fly I thought I might get one of those tubes that artists and architects carry drawings in. It won’t take too many kites but if I break the kites down it would take the spars and the sails will go in my other luggage.
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