Rules & Common Sense
Never fly near power lines!
If you are careless enough to
get your kite caught in a power line, DON'T TOUCH THE LINES
OR THE KITE! Power lines carry some serious volts and the
electricity can easily travel down your kite lines to you
regardless of the type of line you are using. IT CAN AND
PROBABLY WILL KILL YOU! If you kite does get stuck in a
power line, immediately let go of the lines and handles and
move away, call your local utility company and tell them
what has happened and then secure the area, making sure
nobody else gets hurt or killed by the kite and/or it's
Never fly in stormy weather!
Ben Franklin was very lucky not to have been killed by his
experiment. Lightning usually carries more voltage than
power lines and it can strike at any time and any place.
Putting a kite in the air in stormy weather makes YOU a
giant lightning rod and the lightning WILL find you. You
could be seriously injured or even killed.
Never use metallic flying
Always be aware of your
surroundings and mindful of others. Be especially aware of
what is behind you like other people and children, kite
bags, coolers, chairs, cliffs, drop-offs, holes, fences,
etc... You would be surprised how many kiting injuries occur
by people falling over things while lunging backwards to
keep their kite in the air or by people falling off of
cliffs and other drop-offs.
Be considerate of others,
everybody has the right to enjoy the park and other public
areas just as much as kite flyers do. Don't fly noisy kites
if it disturbs others, don't be rude and inconsiderate to
parties, gatherings, or other types of activities. Be
patient with children and spectators, they probably are not
aware of the dangers that are associated with our sport and
are usually only curious to see what you are doing. In the
end, it will give all kite flyers a good name and make us
all more welcome everywhere.
Never scare animals,
especially horses with riders. There is never any good that
will come from this type of activity.
Never fly your kite near or
over people. Some kites have the ability to reach speeds
over 80 MPH. If your kite ever did strike someone at that
speed, the results could be fatal. Even slower moving power
kites can send someone to the hospital room if they were hit
by one. Kites will also put extreme tension on the kite
lines making them razor sharp, any line under tension can
cause severe cuts, bruises and burns if it comes into
contact with anyone at any speed. Spectators DO NOT
understand this and may not know they are in danger,
especially young children. Politely instruct all spectators
to stand behind when your kite is being flown. Even
spectators that are beyond the reach of your lines could be
in danger if your line breaks and your kite flies out of
control. Remember, the safety of others is always the
responsibility of the flyer!
Avoid all obstacles; besides
the obvious risk of entanglement in trees, you should not
fly near roads & vehicles and make sure that your flying
area does not have obstructions such as posts and holes.
Flying your kite near roads or freeways is dangerous because
your kite may accidentally land on the road causing an
accident. Drivers may also become distracted by your kite
and lose control of their vehicle. If your kite strikes a
vehicle, it will cause serious damage to the vehicle and
your kite, causing a large expense and/or personal injury.
Avoid other kites, kite lines
and kite flyers. The line used by stunt kite flyers has a
very low melting point and can easily be severed by nylon
line. You will then discover the stunt kite flyer also has a
low melting point!
You are not
fly within two miles of an airport, and kites are not
permitted to fly on line longer than 200 feet in length.
Check with your local authorities for any other restrictions
that may be unique to your area.
Always use extreme caution
when flying large kites. It is advisable to wear gloves when
handling large kites. Never leave them unattended. Winds can
change direction and intensity very quickly.
Sport & power kites need to
be flown with particular care. Make sure that your kite can
not self launch when setting up your kite and follow all
safety rules and instructions for the type of sport or power
kite you are flying. If a kite you plan to fly did not come
with safety instructions, make sure you acquire the proper
knowledge to safely control the kite. Periodically inspect
your kite for broken or split spars and verify that the
bridle and flying lines are not frayed or worn. Also, do not
leave your kite lines unattended while staked or lying on
the ground. You do not want people to trip over your kite
Fastening yourself to your
kite line can lead to painful, serious injuries. Extra
caution should be used if using a harness when traction or
power flying. A harness should not be engaged if there is
any doubt that total control can be maintained. It is also
advisable to use a quick release system if you are attached
to your kite.
Never over power yourself
with a kite too large for the current wind conditions. Never
fly a kite that you can not safely control.
General rules of thumb to maintain Line
Kevlar line will cut all other lines (for this reason, this
line is very seldom used in kite flying, except under
Fighter kite Line (waxed line or glass coated), will cut
most other lines, depending on the line. Tradition Fighter
Kite Line is meant to be used for cutting lines of other
Fighter kites. In fighter kite competitions of this
nature, the last fighter kite that remains in the sky is the
winner. Fighter kite (cutting line) should not be used for
any other type of kite flying.
Cotton line will cut most lines (except Kevlar), because it
is a natural fibre and has no oil based by product within
its fibres. Cotton line is used mostly for inexpensive
Dacron line will cut Spectra (but not Cotton or Kevlar).
Dacron is commonly used for used for single line kites.
Spectra line will be cut by all other lines (including
Spectra/Dacron blends, sometimes called Sport line). Spectra
is the ideal line for Sport and Power kite flying because it
has very high strength, but very low stretch, having the
capability of wrapping many times around itself and other
lines while still giving the kite flyer complete control of
the kite. This is a quality needed for upside down flying,
spins, and other stunt style manoeuvres.