What's a wind tamer screen?

I agree with Bob Carlson, with one exception. The Wind Tamer's slow
everything down, including turns. The timing for moves like spin
stalls (a tight loop into a snap stall) is very different.

With some kites, you will need to move the bridles down slightly with
a wind tamer in place. The tamer seems to tip the kite forward slightly.

Storm Front also uses tamers, often with our vented kites.
Additionally, we add weight to the kite when the wind comes up. The
weights are Beman 6.3 rods which slip neatly into the SkySkark rods...
In article <278ksi$dch@news.delphi.com>, carlsonr@news.delphi.com (CARLSONR@DELPHI.COM) writes:
>A wind tamer (I've also heard it called a diaper) is a rectangular sheet
>of screening material.  It is attached to the kite between the bridle
>clips and the flight lines.  It is typically 3 to 12 inches in width, and long
>enough to hang between the bridle clips with at least 6 inches of droop
>when the kite is flying.  They can be purchased for about 10 or 12 dollars.
>The affect of adding this screen to the kite can be dramatic in high
>winds.  Although it has very little affect on the kite's handling, it
>creates enough drag to slow the kite down substantially.  Since the kite
>is moving more slowly, it generates much less pull.
>We used 6 inch wind tamers with our Stingers on the Air Art team.  They
>extended the upper end of the kite's wind range by nearly 10 mph.  When
>high winds forced us to use vented kites, we used the wind tamers with
>them too.  Remarkably, the wind tamers never interfered with the plug-in
>(refueling) maneuvers we frequently used.
>These screens are one of the most cost effective kite accessories I know of.
Marty Sasaki            Harvard University           Sasaki Kite Fabrications

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