When you are flying your kite, remember the rule of thumb which says that your kite can handle a lot more wind than it can appear to and follow this Kite Flying Tips. Over-reacting could cause injury so take one step at a time and keep calm.
Many kite flyers seem to be very protective of their kites, sometimes to the point of beingrier conservative than some of their fellow flyers. There is one fun side of kite flying however and this is the part where most kite flier’s turn a blind eye. The setting up and flying of you and your friends is a group effort and you need to shoulder some of theresponsibiliity.
Kite Flying Guidelines
There are some guidelines to remember when you and your friends go out to fly kites and these will help to ensure that everyone gets the most fun out of this activity.
Some of us are so wrapped up in the fun we are having that we sometimes forget to fly safely. Flying responsibly is very easy and starts with some common sense but there are some things that need to be done before you and your friends can start to have fun.
- Before you set up you need to make sure all the equipment is in good working order. No one really likes to fly without something working, no one likes to fly at a field with something broken, no one wants to set up a launch without everything in working order. Once this step is completed you can then go ahead and get into the launching position. Don’t forget to verify the upper limit and don’t launch beyond your ability if you are new to flying. Also, make sure you find a good still supportive landing area. Often times there is not much out in the way of wind and lots of folks fail to find a good landing zone.
- Once the launch has been verified you need to verify the wind speed. Check the appropriate gauges and point at the correct direction. It’s hard to figure the wind speed by just looking at your handles, particularly if you are in motion. The appropriate wind speed is calculated by looking at your gauges, your altimeter, and looking at the information on the wind advance indicators on your kite.
- Once you have established the wind speed the next step is to take the appropriate action. Always take the wind as it is given; never add on wind speed as opposed to the information on your gauges. This is called taking the wind “illy”. Now you know that you have the proper information to proceed, you need to now pay attention to the conditions. Usually this is done with the kite in the downwind position, facing upwind. Once this is done you can proceed. The important things here are that you have the kite in the right position, the required wind speed, and you know the wind direction.
- If you were successful in setting up and flying your kite and you are about to Board your kite, make sure you work the kite up to at least 100%. This ensures that the kite has a proper lift and you also are consistent in the wind direction. Now you should launch, just make sure to keep the kite flying straight and all lines are in the direction you want to go. You also need to point the kite at the correct direction, everything else remains the same. I hope everyone gets a good launch this morning!
- If you forgot to turn on the safety system or something went awry with your gauges or something doesn’t feel right, you can go back and launch from the landing area. This can be very frustrating if you are trying to be productive and feel like something is Warranty or something is broken. But this is the nature of the beast, sometimes you just won’t feel it ourselves. Once everything checks out and you are on the ground all systems should be lookign good. If you landed in a perfect pencil line you are having too much fun.
Well that’s the lesson for today, make sure you take the necessary precautions and always be sure to follow the rules because the consequences can be dire.
Kite flying is a great activity for kids and adults alike. However, the responsibility of preventing damage to you and your fellow fliers’ kites lies with you. Here are some important tips for having fun while protecting your investment:
Being able to fly a kite well is a big responsibility. Flying a kite is an art and should be respected as such. If you can get your friends together and have fun then let your sense of adventure take over. If you plan on flying at night, make sure the area around where you are flying has lights that will help you keep track of your kite and help keep it from getting tangled up with other objects
Kite Flying Tips for Group Flying: In general, it is best to have the non-kite flying participants stay at least fifty feet away from the kite flyer(s). This will enable easier retrieval of the fallen lines and control lines in case of a mishap. If there are multiple kite flyers with lines down, they should all be within hearing distance of each other; otherwise someone may get tangled up by picking up another’s line by mistake.
Kite Flying Tips is an attempt to help get you in shape for what lies ahead. At some point, if you continue kite flying and are successful enough to be invited to fly in organized, structured events with other flyersthen you will find yourself in the following situations time after time.