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Flight time July 12, 2010


Yes, that's right– flight time was yesterday.

I woke up very early in the morning (about 06:00) and saw that Borius was ready to play, so I left a note and got to flying.  The wind was quite strong, so I took turns between the Snapshot parafoil and the delta kite.  Last Friday, I went to the Grigg's/ACE Hardware department store (on a grocery trip with my daughter– we went to the Mex supermarket around the corner afterwards) and got some fishing line spinners.  The kite lines on the laser winders I use for the Snapshot are braided Dacron, so I wanted the hooks to spin free, because it tangles very badly if it winds too tight in the wind.

It worked very well, although I broke the line on the red winder.  Not a worry, since as it turns out, the red line is longer than the blue line.  It takes more work to equalize the lines, or rather, to make sure they are the same length in the air, but I still like the granular control with laser winders when flying the Snapshot.  Not surprisingly, the wind was pulsating as it so often does here, and so I eventually ended my time with the X-Kites delta.

That day a city employee was out fixing an irrigation pipe on the field.  He drove by at one point and asked if I had ever been out to Grayson Beach or to the International Kite Festival that was held there.  I said I hadn't, but that my in-laws had been, to both venues.  We shared some pleasantries about my hobby for a bit before he moved on.

After a few hours I wondered if I could find some nice spinners and windsocks to use as tails.  Into The Wind sells some but I was sure I could find something locally, on the spot.  I came home to find the rest of the family had finally woken up and I let them know I was going out to find something.  I did find some items at the Dollar Store for plenty cheap.  These photos are from our trip out to the field today, where the breeze was almost so light as to be non-existent, but hopefully this gives you an idea:

lick through for more information about each of them.  When I got home, I showed everyone my loot and asked Princess which one she thought would look best trailing from the delta kite.  She chose one of the windsocks, but once she saw the spinner with the butterfly on it, that was the one she wanted.  Good choice, I say, because that's what I was already thinking, too.

Since Cimmy had a medical appointment, I asked her to get Jak Jr. ready and so Princess and he joined me out for some good fun out on the field.  I made sure to get some sunscreen slathered on all of us.  It was a good thing I had picked some up the other day because the spray left with Cimmy and the car.  I'm sorry I couldn't get pictures of the delta in flight with the spinner tail.  It really, really works well, although you can hardly tell that pillowy thing looks like a butterfly dozens to hundreds of feet in the air.  (My masculinity is safe!)  Princess took some time flying it herself so I could watch after her brother.  We had a very nice time and if my energy was stronger and my time for flying was longer, I would have been out there all day long.

We came home for lunch eventually.  Princess stopped to ask the city employee (who came back again and again to work on the pipe) what he was doing and they talked a little bit.  Jak Jr. was obviously tired out, so he went down for his nap pretty easily once we got home. Then Princess and I went to the far corner of the apartment complex, where there was a wide patch of grass next to the city overflow ditch, just so we could see how the patriotic-colored windsock (sitori6 00019) would look on the Snapshot.  Since it has gold and black as well as red and white, it wasn't a perfect match, but it still looked pretty good.  Prism doesn't include a tail anymore on those parafoil kites, but I was actually glad to remove the one that came with mine.  Packing it is much easier now, and the red ribbon tail was stored away with the purple ribbon tail we got for the Nexus, and the red and yellow plastic tube tails in a stuff sack left over from an X-Kite parafoil Cimmy got tangled in a tree at the kite festival at Columbia Crest.

We had a nice time out at the field today although there was not much of any wind to speak of, as I said.  I'll post more of the photos we took out there in the next post.

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3 thoughts on “Flight time July 12, 2010

  1. Are the ones with all the streamers also kite tails?? How do people at kite festivals keep from getting their kites all tangled together.
    Hahahahaha….that might even be a good way to meet someone if you're single.


  2. Are the ones with all the streamers also kite tails??Yes, those windsocks can be used as kite tails, or as "line laundry"– you can actually tie things off on a kite line to flap and float like a banner. Check out this picture of a Delta-Coyne at Into The Wind. It's their Deluxe setup for their "Rocky Mountain" Delta-Coyne, with two 4'6" spinners and 5' windsocks. Now, these windsocks here are much shorter at 43", and the spinner is only 35".How do people at kite festivals keep from getting their kites all tangled together?I don't know. (Haven't been to more than one festival so far.) I have to be careful just with my own! If I'm flying dual-line kites and I use a tail– that is, one of the longer ribbon or tube tails– I have to watch out that they don't get tangled into the lineset too much. The purple ribbon tail that appears in some of my photos of the Nexus cut up one of my lines to the point of breaking.


  3. All those tails on that one kite are so cool!!!!


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