Posted by makatakam
on 09 December 2014 - 07:00 PM
Bumping this one just to say that these mods have been working now for three years, with only two failures. One with the washer/flame style and one with the metal crimp style. The failures both times were where the button allowed the bungee to slip through, no damage to sail material (which is what I definitely wanted to avoid). Both failures occurred while teaching new flyers, with typical new flyers' hard impact on grass. Intermediate-and-up flyers should have no problems, barring any SEVERE impact.
Posted by makatakam
on 30 November 2014 - 03:43 PM
Fly often. Make sure you go fly with the intent to improve one thing each time, repeat, repeat, repeat. Goof around for while, then go back to that one thing and repeat, ..............go home and watch some of John's tutorial videos. Pick the thing you want to learn next time. Write it down. Put the paper in your wallet.
Repeat, repeat, repeat. Fly with others if you can. Drive as far as necessary. You will not be disappointed, and that silly grin will stay on your face for weeks. It will drive all those you know crazy, trying to figure out why you're so happy.
Glad you're having fun and getting the hang of it. It gets even better. Since you are familiar with duals, you will have a bit easier time than those with no understanding of "wind window", "stalls", etc.
Go to the hardware store and get wooden dowel that fits inside the tube (1/4") and crazy glue it inside the upright which is too short, at least 1-1/2" inside the tube and enough sticking out to make them the same length. This should be fine as a temporary fix, until it falls apart. The kite will constantly want to turn to one side if the lengths are unequal. Everything on most multi-line kites should be bilaterally symmetrical.
The B-series and the pro are a bit quicker than the EXP and SLE and more responsive to inputs because of the panel design. The panel layout changes the direction of stretch in the fabric, so it doesn't all go in the same direction, reduces billowing.
Hi, welcome to the Rev forum and the "darkside". I see that you are in the U.S. If you can narrow that down a little for us, maybe an experienced flyer can join you at a local field. It will shave years off the learning curve if another can help you over the initial obstacles.
I pretty much learned on my own for the first two years, and even though I had oodles of fun, I had to unlearn bad habits afterwards. Get together with someone as soon as possible.
Definitely watch any instructional videos available here, on the KiteLife and AKA sites. John Barresi has made an entire series of videos which will walk you through everything from setting up, line management, and basic skills to advanced tricks. Spencer (Watty) Watson also has videos which cover the intermediate skills and tricks and indoor flying techniques.
Good luck, good winds, and welcome to the family. Like Paul said above, don't forget to breathe.