That's about the most 'serious' team flying she's done so far. We were doing some of that for about 5-10 minutes before and had just taken a break when I was hijacked and asked to talk to the camera. When I was asked if we could fly for them I went over to Janine, put my hand on her shoulder and said we need to do that again for the camera and just kept walking to the handles. She was 2 steps behind me with no hesitation just like I knew she would be ... that girl is rarely afraid to jump in the deep end.
We kept it simple and did a lot of repetition so they could could take the best shots in post production. For less than 2 months and no serious team flying before I say she did fantastically well. What isn't on camera is that she is already holding inverted hovers and I have her doing precision tip landings on my hand and a few other things well beyond her flight hours.
Well 3 is the magic number where I can start forming a ball and lines, etc for people to see ... so hopefully this snowball starts to pick up speed. The hard part is dealing with the exchange rate when it comes to getting people involved. Once someone is hooked on a hobby then they generally understand and accept spending more money, but it's that initial commitment that is always hard. Take a look at the exchange rate at http://www.xe.com/cu...&to=ZAR&view=2Y and you will see how it's becomming more and more expensive for people to make that jump.
I don't see it as any different to getting into golf or any other hobby, it's just that the initial step is getting very hard - especially since I need everything from standard to beyond xtra vent throughout the year. This is why I am looking to see what good value Revs are available for Janine - she puts in the effort and certainly deserves to be on her own set instead of borrowing mine.
Not yet .. but almost.
Johnny and I have our own gear .... Janine deserves her own gear .... Jacques has a B set but travels the country and specialises in power kites (but does practice Revs) and is based in Pretoria.
I haven't looked up how far apart you are, but let me say this ... Getting with someone for some hands on time together makes a massive difference.
I know people who have wasted a year because they didn't take a short flight and get to understand even the right way to setup the kite.
That's not to say you can't do it alone - that was the only way I had when I started. Now that I am reasonably experienced and educated, you should see how fast people learn and integrate things when I can show them hands on.
I'll bet the 'lots of people fly on it' refers mostly to single line flying ... in which case you can fly on practically anything you like. When it comes to multi line, wraps and weaves .... that is a whole other ball game.
Another thing to keep in mind is that there are TWO types of stretch...
Permanent stretch is where the line gets a little longer and longer over time and you have to equalise your lines. This is often called creep.
Temporary stretch can be thought of like a bungee cord that will stretch under load and then return to normal when the load subsides. This type of stretch would make any degree of precision difficult since the line is constantly changing length with each input and causing variance in the degree of input required.
Just my pre-morning-tea input, so your mileage may vary
Oversteer is that slop in the bridle, the wiggle has to be overcome, thru opposite hand commands afterwards or pre-planned movements before
When I fly my conditions I actually feel it's more a case of the increased mass and load since it's WELL powered through the turns that oversteer. I started on the 1.5 size platform so the size is more of an anomily in my bag than something I flew way back when.
When I focus on counter steering on exit or precicely moderating my inputs to begin with then things improve, but I have to fly in a style different to the 1.5 .... at least on 50' of line anyway. I did have opportuninity to fly on 80' out here and 120' in the USA and things were much more in line than on the short lines in my conditions.
Do you also enjoy the smaller B2 on short lines? Many folks don't click w/ their Zen immediately, I never got along with the Rev1
Team flying on 50' lines?, bet that's a hoot,
I think I'm one of the few people who have put a video out flying the B2 actually
My experience with the Zen is that it does what it says on the tin - long line team kite. Sadly, this falls outside of what I need 99.999% of the time - I'm glad I own a Zen, but I could easily live without it. If I was flying on iQuad, Island Quad, 180Go, or any other team then I would insist on having one in the bag.
Most of the time I just go full sail with 30' lines and work 3D stuff .... and when that becomes too much like hard work, then it's time for the single line gliders.
My biggest mistake with the Zen was I had the wrong expectations of it ... I got it at a time when I was trying to solve my problems with equipment instead of developing low wind skills. After developing the skills I understood my expectations were unrealistic. I got to fly the Zen about a week or so ago actually and I am now able to fly it much better (and it made staying in the air SO much easier), but it's still not a straight line jump from the 1.5 platform to the Zen.
To own a Zen or not .... that depends what you want to do with it.