Single Line Kite Flying Tips
Choosing Your Flying Space
Turbulence makes flying very difficult. Stay away from obstacles
such as; buildings, trees and hills which create this unseen bumpy wind.
The best places for flying kites are large open fields, beaches or parks.
The bigger your space is, the better off you and your kite will be.
You need wind to fly your kite. The amount you need depends upon
the kind of kite you have. Some kites are heavier and need more wind.
Some are designed specifically to fly in light winds. Most are capable
of flying in average winds of 4-10 mph.
If your kite is looping and diving, the wind
may be to strong. Try adding a tail to create drag annd increase the stability.
If your kite will not climb unless you are
tugging on the line or it wobbles, you may not have enough wind. Try flying
another kite or flying on a different day.
Launching a Kite
To launch your kite alone, stand with your back to the wind and
hold the kite nose up to catch the wind and gently release it. Yo should
feel the kite catch the wind and rise into the air. Slowly let out the
flying line to allow the kite to gain altitude. If the kite starts to
stall, rewind the line in so the kite can regain altitude.
In light winds, have a friend hold your kite
about 80 feet downwind from you. Once your friend releases the kite, gently
pull on the line to make it climb into the sky. Once you have gained altitude,
let out more line.
Running to launch your kite is never safe
and it is the hardest way to get the kite airborne. Let the line and handle
do the hard part so you can enjoy flying.
Line management lets you control your kite while it is airborne.
If the line becomes slack reel it in a little to create more tension and
reduce the decent. If the kite is pulling too hard, give it some line
out to let it soften.
To increase the altitude, gently pump the
line. Each time you draw the line in, the kite will rise a few feet. As
you pull in the force of the wind increases on the surface of the kite.
This will make it climb higher and pull harder.
In moderate winds simply reel in the line. If it is a larger
kite, walk it down. Walk toward the kite, pulling the line down as you
go. In strong winds you should wear gloves or use a Mini Carabiner to
keep from hurting your hands. Walking down the line allows you draw it
in without increases the wind speed.
Larks Head knot
| The Larks Head knot is the single most
useful knot in power kiting, so why not learn it now? The great thing
about the Larks Head is that it’s a slip knot. The more you pull the
tighter it locks so there’s no chance of it coming undone in flight.
But as soon as the tension is released (i.e. after landing the kite)
it’s relatively easy to pull loose and undo.
Adjusting the Bridle
Adjusting the bridle: Can be done by moving the tow point.
This is the area where the bridle and the flying lines connect. By moving
this point on the bridle lines the flight characteristics of the kite
can be changed.
If you move the tow point:
- toward the nose (forward or up), the nose is brought
closer to you, dumping air more quickly out the back of the sail. These
changes will affect the kite so it will: be faster, have a lighter wind
capability ,have less pull, and slower/wider turns. By moving the nose
forward in high winds, you will dump more air and lessen the pull exerted.
- away from the nose (back or down) sets the nose or
the top of the kite away from you which retains wind in the sail longer.
These changes will affect the kite so it will: be slower, need more
wind, have more pull, faster/tighter turns, and much more responsive.
- to the outside (away from the spine) it will: increase
the turn speed, increase oversteer/radicalness, and reduce the turn
- to the inside (towards the spine) it will: reduce the
turn speed, reduce oversteer/radicalness, and increase the turn radius.
Adjusting the bridle is generally done in small steps
(1/8") at a time. Make equal adjustments on both sides at the same time.
Play with your bridle and see what it does to your kite. If your bridle
settings are all wrong the kite won't fly, but you won't break the kite.
What to do in lighter winds?
You want to make your kite as light as possible. Next
try putting on lighter and shorter flight lines. Be careful you don't
yank too hard on the lines. If you're willing, try the removal of the
top spreader. It may fly a little different than usual, BUT it will still
fly. Have fun with it!