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Gravitychecker

Member Since 06 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active May 13 2011 04:07 AM
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Topics I've Started

Impending disaster?

05 May 2011 - 08:04 PM

I get a real kick out of taking my Rev to the top of the window, turning it 180, diving towards the ground, with the brakes completely off (to get that quick, loud flutter), stopping 5 feet from the ground, flipping it over and gently landing for a second, only to take off to the top of the window. I love my Revolution 1.5 (my first and only Rev...for now). Today the wind accepted my kite like a gentle lover and it was good. If I ever get to fly somewhere with a STEADY breeze I am gonna be golden.

The Mother of knots

27 April 2011 - 08:48 AM

So...I have been flying at a local school. Last evening, I had found what I thought was an unused soccer field. I flew for twenty minutes before I noticed a small crowd behind me. Many of the people there were kids wearing soccer gear. I landed, yanked out my earphones, and asked a woman holding a clipboard if there was a soccer practice. I apologized profusely (I think it is important to be a respectful kiter), QUICKLY wound my lines and moved to another area. My lines were a bit of a mess and I decided to remove the lines from the handles also so that I could quickly untangle them. Rut-roh! That was a BIG mistake. I spent an hour on the field trying to clear them but frustration soon set in and of course, the wind was no help. Needless to say, my flying for the evening was over and I spent the next 3 hours at home sorting out this ever increasing mess. Whew, the satisfaction of once again having usable lines. It was a difficult way to learn a lesson but I'm kinda hard-headed and this seems to work the best for me. The hard way. FEAR THE KNOT!!! May your skies be blue and your wind steady. Peace.

Smooth wind anticipation

06 April 2011 - 08:08 PM

I live 90 minutes away from Lake Michigan. I can't wait for warmer weather. I want to ride my motorcycle to the lake with my new Rev 1.5 and see what it's like to fly in smooth wind. Well, smooth for Michigan. I have the fever...BAD. I'm trying to come up with a way to store my kite on my bike, sorta Rifleman style. I know I want to keep the kite bag opening DOWNWIND. A kite ejecting from a motorcycle at 60 mph will not end well. Unless it's a full vent ;).

Michigan skies: Let the revolution begin

06 April 2011 - 07:45 PM

Greetings all! After I ordered my first Revolution kite, a Rev1.5 SLE, (Thank you Corey at WindPower Sports) I started lurking in this forum. My only kite experience was with a two-line. All the talk of frames, vent vs. no vent, weights, line length...ARGH! I was intimidated. The kite arrived and I went to a park. Karma spoke and alas, not much wind. Of course, this was with the SLE. I wasn't sure what was up so I initially started with that. Two different days with dismal results. I came back to the forum to learn...and sulk. Two days later, after checking wind conditions at usairnet.com, I knew that today this bad boy would see some altitude. I put in the SUL. Wow. I am an enthusiastic member of the dark side! After I dropped my 2 line bad habits I had a blast. I must say, these kites are tough! It still cracks me up that I could hear that baby WHUMP into the ground over my iPod. I did split a washer on the bungee for the left spar but Superglue got me back in the air. So much to learn and it's gonna be a real joy to "go to school". A big shout out to usairnet.com for wind reports, to Google satellite maps for helping me find a great local place to fly, to Revolution for making such a wonderful product and to the members of this forum, for being SO generous with your advice and help. We may never meet but I sure feel like I have a whole new bunch of friends. If more people were hipped to the joys of kiting, I think the number of prescriptions for Zoloft and Paxil would drop dramatically. May your winds be steady and your hearts be joyful. P.S. If I can learn to fly in these GUSTY Michigan winds, nothing can stop me.