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In Topic: Line adjustment

24 November 2015 - 10:58 PM

And there you go .... variance across the same anatomical structure resulting in different outputs, but with a consistent principle. That principle is what lets one pick up any handle and find neutral and know you only ever need move a single knot.


I've played (at length on each iteration) with different handle bends, foam thicknesses and foam position (among other factors), and each has their pros and cons. Where I feel I have a leg up on most is that I am aware of the differences and what I gain and lose on each variance of the possibilities. From there I can pick which one I feel is the best mix for me.


Truth be told, I'm actually in the process (have been for a few months) of circling back to where I started to revalidate things against the knowledge I believe I have gained through the process.

In Topic: Line adjustment

24 November 2015 - 01:24 AM

I have made a number of leaders since that thread, and different handles have different adjustments depending on when they were made. I set my neutral based on flight characteristics not a specific number. Once the neutral has been found, I am at the most efficient setup for my hand and body structure and moving 1 knot either way will account for environmental variables.


This way I can pick up any setup from anyone with any handle, and as long as the top leaders are long enough, I will find my happy neutral based on the handling within a few minutes.


As far as upright hovers go, I prefer to be able to hold the hover without having to constantly pump the kite constantly (assuming there is sufficient wind force) but I do want as much brake as possible for more precise control.


I have never had any trouble maintaining speed (positive or negative) relative to others around me with the exceptions of those who fly too little brake and have their kite running wild all over the sky with little control.

In Topic: Line adjustment

23 November 2015 - 05:56 AM

As a rule of thumb....


Light wind ... heavy wind .... I don't move more than 1 knot on the top leaders, and that's almost exclusively only for strong winds. Overly strong wind aside, the setup for most efficient and effective use of the air pressure is the same for normal or light wind - this is sheer physics.


If you move more than a single knot either side of your average setup then I would question the setup to begin with

In Topic: NYM vs B-Series ?

05 November 2015 - 06:56 AM

Valid, but given the tensions and observations I saw and the frequency I felt ... unlikely.


Curious indeed

In Topic: NYM vs B-Series ?

04 November 2015 - 11:02 PM

Hi Mark


The kite flew evenly and without any asymmetric tendencies, with the exception of that pulsing coming down the lines. While I am capable of adjusting for a fair difference if something is out, I never felt like I was compensating for anything and the kite tracked as straight as any other.


I have a decent understanding of what is happening on a Rev sail, but I suspect you are far more knowledgeable than me on the science of aerodynamics so it would certainly be interesting for someone like you to take a look at this ... even if only for curiosity sake. The trailing edge was definitely not fluttering and the origin was in the sail itself as opposed to the edge. I did notice one or two odd creases that don't exist on the B/Pro sails but nothing was rapidly moving in flight that pointed to an obvious answer.


It was curious to me, which is why I got additional opinions to make sure I wasn't imagining things.


I didn't spend hours on it because I don't plan on owning a NYM, but if you get your hands on one and figure it out I'd certainly like to hear about it.