Why Wont It Fly
The dreaded question.
Most common with novice two line trick kites. Below I have added
information that seems to solve most people's problems. If this
doesn't solve your problems them drop me an
Often when I'm out flying I come across new flyers trying in
vane to fly their kite. I always try to make a point of walking
over and having a quick chat to any other flyers that I see.
Very often with new flyers they complain that the kite wont get
of the ground. The kite spins around out of control and ends up
in the ground. Many people blame the kite and moan/mutter/curse.
In 9 out of 10 cases I find that the answer is simple.
Ok then here we go.......I start with a couple of main pointers.
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When assembling your kite make sure that the bridle is not
tangled around spreaders and that the bridle comes off all
attachment points cleanly. See above.
Make sure the standoffs are symmetrical. If not this can affect
the flight. See above.
large number of new flyers grab the kite out of the bag and tie
the lines on the bridle and try to fly away. Most fail to read
the instructions on how to connect the line in a method that is
simple and easy to remove instead of being in knots. Start with
tying a simple four inch loop in the end of your kite string.
Then follow the diagram below for the larks head loop to attach
lines to the kite. When flying your kite let out all of the
Q. No matter what we do, we cant get the kite to fly. It will
only get a few inches in the air then it spins into the ground.
What could be wrong? or is it me?
usually find that novice flyers let out all of the lines which
is correct but a point that is missed very often by novices is
that they don't equalise the line lengths. With every twin line
kite, equal flying lines is paramount. Failure to have equal
lines will cause the kite to spin in the direction of the
shorter line. Un-equal lines will mean when you take off the
kite will instantly turn and not drive straight up the wind
window. ALWAYS adjust your lines to make sure that they are the
same length. this is the first main problem to overcome before
you come across any in flight problems.
Q. When my kite flies I seem to get a pulsating/waving feel on
my lines and the kites flight is juddery. What could be causing
Firstly make sure your not flying your
kite in winds that exceed the maximum recommendation for your
kite. Gusty winds can cause uneven flight. If you are flying in
suitable winds and you are having these problems then it sounds
like a problem I have encountered myself when adjusting the
bridles on my own kites and also in testing of kites. The bridle
adjustment is set either too nose back or nose forwards. The
bridle needs to be adjusted. As described in the
As a basic start point, I like to set the bridle so that when
you hold the attachment points for your lines on the bridle, the
spine of the kite lays flat. Remember if the nose slopes towards
the ground (nose back) this changes the angle of attack and the
kite will turn more responsively and fly in higher winds. the
trade off is that you need more wind to fly. If you have the
nose raised (nose forward) then the kite will fly in lighter
winds but you loose a little of the responsiveness in turns. It
affects some kites more then others. By adjusting the bridle too
much in either direction will cause the juddering problem.
Remember to only make small adjustments and have both sides of
the bridle equal. By being able to adjust the bridle it
transforms your kite characteristics in varying winds. play and
you will see. Always remember your base bridle settings.