Subject: Flexifoil launching
From: email@example.com (Kevin Lahey)
Date: Sat, 8 May 1993 14:13:21 GMT
In article <C6M4D3.firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (Terry McGonigal) writes:
>In article <1993Apr28.firstname.lastname@example.org>
>email@example.com (ye79) writes:
>>In a rec.kites article James Kirk. (firstname.lastname@example.org) states:
>>> I've got two Super-10 Flexifoils. I've had them for some time, but
>>> never have I been able to launch them on my own.
>>One method which seems to work involves the use of two canes (the sort
>>used for staking plants when gardening). Mine are plastic coated metal,
>>about 3' long and have tape on them to make them conspicuous.
>I have'nt tried this with larger Flexis, but I self launch my 6ft
>w/o any supports regularly:
[Instructions for an unassisted launch deleted....]
This works for me. It just took awhile to get the hang of it.
I never could get it to work, no matter how many descriptions of the
technique I read, until I tried flying with the ultraflex rods.
Then, boom, it just worked with no problems. Once I got the technique
figured out, it was pretty easy to do with the regular rods, especially
if there is enough (8 - 10 mph) wind so that it just wants to
>I had a chance to fly a 10ft the other day in 45-60kph winds... I'm not
>a small or light kinda guy, but this kite was more than willing to (try
>to) pull me all over the field. *wow*! :)
I really recommend the ultralight rods for the 10-footer; this is now
the only kite in my bag that can fly in any wind, from maybe 3 mph on up.
Even in almost no wind, it has a nice feel to it, as though you are
attached to something solid. And of course in strong winds, it is just
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