From: reich@nosc.mil (Ronald S. Reich)
Subject: Indoor Significance Factor
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 1994 19:39:34 GMT
As I have been reading the dialog about the indoor record for
flying a kite the thought occured to me that an unethical person
could put a kite on lines that are only 2 feet long and just walk
around for 2 days and have a massive record. Therefore I propose
that the indoor flying effort be assigned a significance factor
that takes into account the length of line and the time of
flight. The following equation is presented as a starting point
for a discussion on the significance of having a significance
factor for indoor flying.
(length of lines in feet) X (length of lines in feet) X Time in
hours = Significance factor in ftsq hrs.
The idea being that the longer the lines, the more significant
the achievement.
For competition, a similar significance factor could be
required such as;
(length of lines in feet) squared X (Wingspan of the kite) =
competiton factor.
For competition a minimum factor would be set at some number such
as would be derived from a line length of 10 feet and a wingspan
of 8 feet. ie. 80
The idea being that if you use a smaller kite then you would need
to use longer lines or if you used a larger kite you could use
shorter lines in order to meet the requirements of the minimum
competition significance factor.
For the competition factor, maybe the line length should not be
squared in the equation.
Thoughts and comments are welcome.
Respectfully submitted by Ron Reich