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#93599 Hand Positions

Posted by kwmf on 24 September 2013 - 09:54 PM

I use the theory detailed at http://www.learnkite...sture-and-grip/


Since my hands are smaller than JB and because I want a constant reference point (where my thumb sits), my natural balance point is on my ring finger instead of my middle finger ... but the same methodology still applies.


I have been flying long enough and gained enough experience and skill that my hand can be alive and change in the moment to achive a bias towards a specific mechanic that I want to enhance in that specific moment ... but these are merely temporary changes aimed at a specific task.



In addition to the video mentioned above, you probably want to take a look at these as well...


#93378 Wheres Ben

Posted by kwmf on 13 August 2013 - 10:55 PM

Don't get TOO attached .... I will be back and then I'm going to borrow him so we can both fly the demo field again ;)

#93251 Have 1.5 SLE. But... not as stable/precise as I would like. How about B Ser...

Posted by kwmf on 15 July 2013 - 09:20 PM

All good advice, but just to reiterate ... do not underestimate JB's tutorial videos. John is one of those people who not only has an extremely thorough technical understanding of all aspects in play, but he is also able to articulate that information very well.


I've had him fix a problem I had in one sentence which likely saved me months of doing things the hard way and (hopefully) eventually figuring it out. I still had to go out and put what he said into practice, but once you have the correct knowledge practice basically means go out and have fun :)

#93201 Which Rev? (1, 1.5, 2, or B)

Posted by kwmf on 07 July 2013 - 11:10 PM


Based on my measurements this weekend, the weight range from my latest B-Pro to a factory B is less than 10 grams. This was measured with the frames included and with a kitchen grade digital scale. Frame variance is probably about 1-2 grams total in my experience so I don't bother about it.


While I have weighed probably every aspect of a Rev (a bridle is 7 grams if you were wondering) ... low end flying, where weight matters, is 95% down to pilot skill. Swallowing a spoonful of cement to harden up and just get out there and work on thos skills is a far better investment than weighing everything ;-)

#93176 Axel tips?

Posted by kwmf on 01 July 2013 - 10:22 PM

For me, unless the rev is facing the ground during it's rotation it's not an axel - it's nothing more than yanking a line and letting the kite 'bicycle spin' with slack lines (which to my eye is neither pretty nor a trick).


By my own standards, my axel attempts fail more often than not ... but I don't work on it too often since it's hard to get it flat (as it should be) and the chances of a person not knowlegable about revs understanding it are very small.

#93048 Street line length

Posted by kwmf on 13 June 2013 - 02:08 AM

I'm also a 30' guy ... like JB said, big enough to fly shapes or patterns, but short enough to get the job done.


My exception (space not withstanding) is that horrible circumstance where the 'wind' is constantly shifting directions (usually breathing back and forth with gusts from random directions in between) and I need to be able to do a 180 (horizontal or up and over) in a heartbeat because I'm suddenly on the wrong side of the window. In this case I am currently developing my skills on 12' lines, but my intention is to be able to stretch back out to 30' lines.


The two instances where I think 12' works are near zero wind (check Youtube for JB rev'ing it in Singapore) and/or when you interact with the environment to make it interesting (check Youtube for JB in the UK).


A good contrast can be seen in Watty's 'Friendly Neighbourhood Street Flyer' video

#92979 B2 vented and my GoPro

Posted by kwmf on 08 June 2013 - 07:39 AM

The 1.5 is the better all around platform and where I spend 90% of my time, but the fun of the 2 is often overlooked. My stack came into being so that I could do more with the B2 set I had so that they got more airtime. The set is both a stack and solo pieces.

#92974 B2 vented and my GoPro

Posted by kwmf on 08 June 2013 - 06:37 AM

They really are a fun little kite with massive wind range and I think a lot of people overlook them (which is why we don't have the numbers to justify a pro model). Granted they're not as good for team as a 1.5 but for a solo pilot and/or if you already have a 1.5 set... They are fantastic. I also think they stack great and have my set rigged in a stack. The mid has everything attached all the time and I pull off the std and vent as needed. In solo form I use the same frame setup as you, in the stack I use 4-3-3 drom front to back.

#92955 B2 vented and my GoPro

Posted by kwmf on 06 June 2013 - 10:59 PM

I could very well title that video LEMONADE ....

The wind was ripping (way past xtra vent), the lines are short (check all the mistakes), the frame is (necessarily) stiff, the camera is head mounted (lots of shake) and the video editing package is weak, buggy and prone to corrupting your project.


But you know what they say about being handed lemons ;)


Thanks for the encouragement, hopefully I can get a video with some decent flying out in the not too distant future.

#92946 B2 vented and my GoPro

Posted by kwmf on 06 June 2013 - 11:58 AM

For all those that feel the B2 is too fast or twitchy....


Wind was way past Xtra vent or Polo full vent, so I pulled out the B2 vented on 50' LPG 90# line with a 4-wrap frame ... strapped the GoPro to my head and went for it.



#92838 Global Rev Count.

Posted by kwmf on 27 May 2013 - 07:31 AM

That means it would be over a weeks flying if you used 2/day! cat_lol.gif


TWO a day ... I'm not a fully qualified Rum Buddy pilot

(but I'm working on it)

#92836 Global Rev Count.

Posted by kwmf on 27 May 2013 - 01:27 AM

Time to confess .... I'm up to 23 now ani_whistling.gif

#92816 What's your favorite time to fly?

Posted by kwmf on 23 May 2013 - 03:05 PM

All the time... Second choice would be whatever dates WSIKF is on ;-)

#92727 Happy Birthday

Posted by kwmf on 14 May 2013 - 11:05 PM

I visited the post office yesterday for a slightly late present (and the first Pros for John Erasmus)



Even though I already own a number of Pros myself for some time now, every time I see a new Pro from Bazzer it's just jaw dropping ... that man makes a mighty fine product.

#92678 Happy Birthday

Posted by kwmf on 11 May 2013 - 02:48 AM

You guys are the best... I assure you that I will be back at some point. This year is not looking likely (unless you win that lotto Wayne), but you definitely ain't seen the last of me. I'm compensating by spreading some rev love out here, check out the AeroShark page in my signature (don't forget to click the like button).