Building Flexis?

In article <1992Aug11.154443.1096@midway.uchicago.edu> ar12@midway.uchicago.edu writes:
>Hi there,
>I'm planning on taking up kite builing and am considering a gargantuan sized
>delta. Anyway, this has gotten me wondering about flexifoils- how difficult
>are they to construct and are there any plans/patterns available?
>Also, has anyone heard of or know where I can get a copy of GeoKite or
>any other kite design software for either the Mac or PC?
Building a flexi seems like jumping in a the deep end.  I know of no plans
(the things are patented!)  A friend who did some repairs for me took a copy
of the airifoil shape and reported that it was not the sort of shape that he
would expect.  Think about the design:  This is an airifoil that produces
loads of lift and loads of speed *and* is blanced along the leading edge
so that you don't need a bridle.  Don't expect to get it right by guesswork.
Trial and error requires re-sewing the entire thing.


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