I have been team flying since 1993 originally with the two time World Champions "Sky Dance" and from 2000 onwards with the multi European Champions "The Flying Squad". When i'm not flying Revs i pretend to design single line kites.
It's been called a walking stick in the UK since at least 1993 when i learned it as a dual line move. I guess without the internet back in those days there will be as many names are regional variations.
In true English fashion, it's raining, and the forecast is rain all week, so looks like I wont be able to fly as soon as I'd like. Absolutely itching to get out there after all this time. So brushing up on tuts, anything I can find.
Hi there Mog, STACK (Sport Kite and Competitive Kiting - the official body of the sport ) are holding a competition this weekend at Dunstable Downs. The Downs is the home flying field of about 10 rev pilots of a wide range of experience and lots of toys. If you can make it down i am sure that there will be no shortage of people around to fast track your learning experience.
Just want to say a massive thank you to all of the fliers in the Rev Mega team at Berck. To quote a good friend of mine.. "You guys Rock!"
For anyone who wasn't there, 11:30 every day on the beach was Mega Team Practice. Rain or shine, tempest or zephyr we all assembled on the beach to run through the days routine. Different people brought different ideas to the table and we gradually increased the repertoire as the week went on (we still have a few good ideas left over for next year). However, i do have to credit FLIC for the smilies. This is something they have done for a few years but the idea was too good not to steal! I have no idea who suggested the car but that was absolute genius!
As the caller of the mega team i received a lot of very positive feedback about the mega team. The organisers, the public and even some of the hardened single line fliers were blown away by what we achieved. So, in case i did not get a chance to say thank you on the beach, THANK YOU.
So John, if this is what can be achieved by fliers from France, England, Holland, Singapore, just imagine what you are going to do in WSIKF where you all speak the same language!
All coloured Icarex will leach colour if you get it wet then roll it up, put it away and forget about it. The printed sails are no different. They are perfectly colour fast in the wet so don't worry about that (how else could we fly them in England!) just remember to dry them off before rolling up and then hang them out to dry when you get home. That way you will have years of happy flying together.
If you can keep your head whilst all those around you are losing theirs, you're looking at the wrong kite!
I had a couple of moments in the mega team when i was flying someone elses kites, but you did a great job. I'm always impressed at the way the mega team fliers work together to make sure everyone enjoys and gets fully involved in the mega team. It really was a mega TEAM.
The radio setup is one-way so that the captain speaks, but can't hear anyone else. Which is perfect for team flying: I can't hear whining from the team and if they misbehave, they have to listen to me sing.
I so feel you Mike! It's a shame team fliers don't come with a mute button!
Blimey (Stone In Shoe) Bob - That's seriously vented! Not that I'm going to try this just yet, but what size are the holes? How did you make them? And what sort of winds will that cope with? I'm assuming an SLE spar??
Tried your no-snag-handles mod at the weekend btw - Went a treat - Thanks
Strangely we find a lighter frame in the T bag kites works best. They are a great solution before the factory made mega-vents were available. They are still a good solution if you have an old spare sail that you don't mind making hundreds of holes in. They have a smaller wind window than a standard Rev and don't like flat tricks like axles very much but if you need to fly in 30mph plus then they work just fine.
The Flying Squad took delivery of 6 new Barressi full vents at WSIKF last year and then promptly burned over a 1000 holes in each one. The first hole was the toughy but after that you just get on with it.
Come to Dunstable kite festival in July and we'll show you in detail.
There's lot that can be added to this conversation but for now i will just add two things.
For groups of newer fliers it is helpfull to be descriptive and clear. People soon learn the calls and you are able to abbreviate soon enough. Taking a few extra seconds for the call is not so critical as when flying dual line kites.
Secondly, give a good pause between the preparatory command and then final execution command. eg. individual, 180 clockwise.........(pause).......GO! (two reasons, it takes a while for some fliers to hear the command and understand it then apply it and finally it helps to give the fliers a chance to say "say what?" before you launch into a full move)
Hi all, just got back from a great weekend in the grim North. Thanks all for making it such a fun weekend.
To Vince and the team, my hat goes off to you for all the work you put into hosting this weekend. The site is great and the facilities much appreciated as were the catering staff! Please pass on my thanks to all those who worked so hard to make the now "legendary" soup and the Corned Beef pie.
I really enjoyed all the flying we did. Whilst very light winds are not great for quickly learning new moves and ideas i think we still covered a lot of ground with the light wind flying. (pun intended)
I have some photo's i will post later but for now, many thanks to you all for sharing your time.