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#92363 Never used music. Am l missing out?

Posted by andelscott on 10 April 2013 - 01:58 AM

If flying by oneself, music is a good training tool - just get the right meter & beats per minute.  It's not about enjoying the music (tho' that helps) - but enforcing discipline in manoevres to sharpen the skills.  You turn on the beat, not when you really think you're ready, you set travel speeds to cover your canvas smoothly with the musical phrase.  No matter how the wind pulses or drops.


That's my aspiration and, who knows, with more practice I might achieve it one day!  smile.png


Give it a go!

#89020 Dunstable Downs Kite Festival Mega Fly 2012

Posted by andelscott on 15 July 2012 - 02:10 PM

How many were flying ? I did,nt get a chance to count! Posted Image

I think there were 14 (we split into two balls of seven a couple of times)... :)

#84680 Buying a first Rev as a present

Posted by andelscott on 20 October 2011 - 01:37 PM

The one piece of advice that was missing: get two. It's more fun to learn together (unless one of you is overly competitive) ;)

#83115 Portsmouth 2011

Posted by andelscott on 21 August 2011 - 02:21 AM

But before we all go crazy shouting "I'll chip in" perhaps we ought to ask, do we need a PA for a practice arena? I don't question the need for volume, there's nothing that beats volume as a people wrangling tool and for a large mega-fly to work everybody needs to be able to hear the calls. I would have thought a megaphone would be more than good enough for the practice arena so long as there is a PA in the main arena.

Ah the delights of multi-channel communication. I replied on Facebook. But to reiterate, I agree 100% with Bob. I'm just not sure of the business case for a PA in the Rev arena. A simple megaphone would suffice for instructions - there's already a PA in the main arena should the group be "booked" for a demonstration megafly. We wouldn't need music (would we?) so a multi-channel PA just sounds over-kill to me. Or have I missed something?

#77326 Google Earth.

Posted by andelscott on 29 January 2011 - 06:25 AM

On another note: sometimes I see your marker as the standard inverted teardrop and some times as a push-pin, and always in green rather than the blue of the rest of the markers. Is there some way to edit the marker appearance? I haven't seen it if there is.


If you click on the [Edit] button and then choose your own location, it opens dialogue box. Top right is the 'pin' and clicking on this open up a raft of alternative optional markers. Now some of these are likely to confuse, but there are balloons and pins of assorted colours. But not to the extent that you can model your Rev colour scheme - *yet* - but you can add your own icon. :kid_smartass:

[Save] once you've updated, then you're done!

#77308 Google Earth.

Posted by andelscott on 28 January 2011 - 12:31 PM

So, how do I add my location?

  • Scroll the map to your home location (may need to zoom way out to move the distances involved), zooming in to the level of accuracy you want;
  • Click Edit button to left of the map box;
  • Click on the 'pin' icon in the top left of the map window and drag mouse to your location (the 'X' beneath it is the target);
  • Click on your location to select it;
  • Annotate your name and any comments in the 'balloon' box that opens up.
One aspect I'm not sure of - you might need to create a google account or log on. I'm not sure, as I already had one for Google webmaster tools and such like!

Hope this helps.

#77289 Google Earth.

Posted by andelscott on 28 January 2011 - 02:56 AM

OK all this talk of Google Maps. Is this the sort of thing you want?


Click on 'collaborate' and 'edit' to attach a pin. Not sure if you need to log in to a google account to use it, but I'm sure you'll find out.

[Edit: zoom level is extreme with one marker, hopefully it will settle with use.]

#64294 Progression and difficulty levels?

Posted by andelscott on 05 January 2010 - 05:01 AM

I think for the beginner - line management would be good to throw in there. Setup and take down, winding lines to prevent tangles, etc...

Even for beginners, I'd add:
  • line equalisation / checking for stretched lines and fixing 'em;
  • bungee tension / sail tension checks (vertical spars).
Ironically seems easier to diagnose problem on someone else's kite than one's own because we just wanna fly! :kid_smartass:

#62780 New forum is open for business!

Posted by andelscott on 22 December 2009 - 06:54 AM

General comment: I see there are additional options in the user's "profile" - so worth reviewing and updating your settings...