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#89445 Obliviots

Posted by --Pete on 07 August 2012 - 08:25 PM

OMI (Obliviot Motorized Infantry)
Note the tire tracks going over my flip flops, two kite stakes, and 8 lines. 5 feet from my sitting position lawn chair next to pick-up.

You need a chunk of pipe, as heavy as you are willing to carry, which you can drive in next to your handle stake. Put a banner on it if you want something decorative. Two five-foot pieces of 1/2" with a coupling should be enough, and fit in the bed of the pickup easily.

BTW, Obliviots are not found only on the sand-side of the waterline: I once had another boater try to go between my boat and the boat I was towing.

#81856 Global Rev Count.

Posted by --Pete on 10 July 2011 - 05:18 PM


I would count your sails. You now have one less exp (if you have completely retired it) and one new b1

If you are new to Rev count, I would 'plus' the new sail; 'negative' the old sail; and give your current inventory.

#81791 Revs and Relationships

Posted by --Pete on 07 July 2011 - 06:31 PM

You can't make it happen. All you can do is be open to something like that happening.

#81559 WSIKF 2011

Posted by --Pete on 01 July 2011 - 07:42 PM

Such wusses! I routinely do 30-35 hour drives (well, once a year or so). I choose my time so that the end of the drive is at a time when I am normally awake and alert.

I can see that it is time for me to show up unexpectedly at some far-off venue.

#81363 Montana, Big Sky Country.

Posted by --Pete on 27 June 2011 - 06:02 AM

I'm on a lot of forums with "introduce yourself" sections. After a while they get boring. (Most introductions boil down to "Hi. I'm me," with maybe an interest or location indicated. There are exceptions, but they are rare.)

Much better to make your first post(s) in a topic where you do have an interest and do have something to say. That really says who you are.

The downside is that this may result in a lot of "lurking", where people read the forum, but never (or only after a long time) actually post.

So, welcome to the Rev forum, Exile.

Not quite sure why Nick's link didn't work. Did you click on it, or copy-and-paste it? (Within a post, the link may be shortened, but clicking on it - or right-clicking and choosing Open in a New Tab/Window, if you don't want to lose your place in this forum - should work.)

BTW, if you haven't checked out Kitelife.com (just looked - you have - never mind)...

Special message to Lurkers: pick a topic, or a thread within a topic, and POST A REPLY! You really are welcome - here, and on any other forum where you may be lurking.

Most forums show something to indicate how long a poster has been a member and/or how many posts they have made. Other readers will know you are a newbie to the forum, and if you happen to ask a question that most readers already know, they will be able to see that you are new and will answer your question, or respond to your post with that in mind. No one wants you to leave; the more active people, the better it is for the forum and its readers.

#80630 EXP vs SLE vs ???

Posted by --Pete on 02 June 2011 - 01:49 PM

Oh yes, and if you are new to Rev flying, remember: THE VERTICAL SPARS GO ON THE BACK OF THE KITE. (The side away from you as you are flying it.) Almost everybody who flies Revs has done it wrong at some point. With the spars in front a Rev will barely fly and is almost uncontrollable.

You can occasionally find Revs being sold cheap because the owner assembled it incorrectly and decided he had been ripped off and sold an expensive kite that wouldn't fly. The upright Rev flyer will conquer his lust for a cheap kite, and explain how the Rev is properly assembled, and maybe even offer a flying lesson.

#79656 The Mother of knots

Posted by --Pete on 27 April 2011 - 11:01 AM

One other thing that a "fast field wrap up" can introduce is DEBRIS! You will get twigs, grass stems, and other things included in your bundle. These can prevent loops being extracted from other loops.

In another thread, I advised hooking the line-ends to a single object: larks-head them to a twig, cut 4 slits in the edge of a piece of cardboard, or anything to preserve the orientation of the line-ends in relation to each other. Do the same at the other end of the line set and then keep your "aggregators" away from the main tangle and each other. Don't let them pass through any loops (it makes knots), or between the lines leading to the aggregator (it braids the line - which is worse than wrapping the line).

One possible solution to a situation like yours would be to ask for help in removing your lines from the playing field. Ask if someone would carry your kite (while you carry the handles), with the lines kept taut, off the playing field. Then stake your handles down in the usual way and wind the lines in a normal fashion. This has three beneficial effects: it gets you off the field quickly; it makes winding a leisurely and thoughtful process; and most importantly, it involves the team (or at least one individual) in your problem. Once they become part of the solution, instead of you being a problem, your problem becomes something they want to solve. They have a stake ('scuse the pun) in the solution.

"If one of you would go grab that kite and help me walk the lines off the field, I can be out of your way quickly, and you can get to your practice." You can explain that the lines need to be kept taut on the way, but the first communication needs to be quick, simple, and point out the advantage to them.

#78647 Japan Kitefliers Fund

Posted by --Pete on 15 March 2011 - 07:08 PM

What we can do, we will do.

#76108 B-Series Mod???

Posted by --Pete on 15 December 2010 - 06:21 PM

One thing to note. The lift of a wing or sail is based on the difference in pressure from front to back. Even tiny leaks can reduce that pressure differential. This is why big street banners have those little 'c'-shaped cutouts; even small paths for air to get from front to back make a big difference in lift. If I was 'patching' a vented sail, I would want really air-tight patches.

Formula-1 cars use a system called F-duct that can feed a little air onto the low-pressure side of the wings. This reduces the down-force and drag enough to give an increase in speed equal to several hundred horsepower on straightaways (where speed is more important than traction).

#74592 Maintaining inverted hover help

Posted by --Pete on 25 October 2010 - 09:29 AM

One common thread to all this: everyone seems to describe moving handles in order to make the right wing go up or the left wing go up (or down in either case).

Try this instead: think of opposite/differential motions of the handles (left brake out - right brake in) as causing rotation. Clockwise is clockwise whether inverted or not. The kite is not turning right or left, but clockwise or counterclockwise.
Once you get the idea that the in-out tilt (differential; in relation to each other) of the handles controls rotation; and the in-out tilt (common; together) controls motion towards and away from the leading edge, it becomes much more easy to overlay different amounts of differential and common tilt to control the kite. I would practice hovering in all positions before doing ANY forward flying, much less backward flying.

Once you have practiced that, straight down wind, until it becomes automatic, then begin moving your hands forward and back in relation to each other to make the kite slide sideways (or maintain height when on end).

(Different control motions, but this view -- CW/CCW -- of kite motion can help on dual line kits as well. How many times have you seen a novice 2-liner dive a kite into the ground instead of pulling back into the sky and then hear, "Well, I tried to turn it to my right." When teaching beginners I try to never say the words left or right. When talking about the kite I use CW and CCW; when referring to the hands I point to or tap the appropriate hand or shoulder.)

As a creed to believe in, I say, "Right and left are the mortal enemies of sport kite flyers!"