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Flying Site & First Flight

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Nothing is more frustrating than flying in bumpy, turbulent air. One moment, the kite is powered up, the next itís falling out of the sky. Learning anything new is a chore because the kite flies differently from one moment to the next.
If youíre a beginner, flying in turbulent wind can keep you from learning even the most basic skills. Learn to read the wind so you can pick places to fly that have the least turbulence. Youíll learn twice as fast and have twice the fun.

Turbulence occurs any time the wind has to pass over or around obstacles. Thatís why a wide, open beach or field with nothing blocking the wind is one of the best places to fly. But many people donít realize that turbulence also forms upwind of obstacles. Stay away from obstacles downwind of your flying area as well.

FIRST FLIGHT

You have your new kite in hand and youíve found an open space to fly. Let's do it..


1). Assemble your kite, making sure none of the bridles are tangled around spreaders or standoffs.

2). Check the wind. How hard is it blowing? From what direction? Pick the place to fly which will give you the clearest, smoothest wind. For your first flight, we strongly suggest picking a day when the wind is moderate- between 8 and 12 mph.

3). Check your bridles and standoffs. Make sure everything looks clear and symmetrical. If necessary, adjust for todayís wind speed. If the winds are moderate, between 8 and 12 mph, your kite should need no adjustment.

4). Attach your flying lines, using a simple Larkís Head knot.

5). Unroll your lines. Set the kite on its back and walk directly into the wind while unwinding your lines.

6). Get ready for launch! Pick up your straps and stand facing the kite. Check that your right-hand strap is connected to the right-hand wing (very important!). If not, switch hands.
Gently pull the lines, raising the kite to an upright and slightly nose-back position with your arms extended. Make sure your kite and lines arenít snagged on anything.


7). Launch! In one rapid motion, take a step backwards while sweeping your arms down and back past your hips. Your kite should leap from the ground. Once the kite is moving, keep your hands close together and close to your chest and let it fly straight upwards. Wait until the kite is fairly high in the sky before trying to turn. This will give you more time and space to react before you get too close to the ground.

See this animation for the takeoff