catspaw00 wrote:Thanks for all the warm welcomes - this is great. :) Hi to all of you!
I'm really excited about flying again. I know that a lot of folks will be out in Pontiac for the festival - is anybody going to be flying locally (meaning Cook or Lake Co)? Any suggestions on where I could go to fly that I won't get arrested or fined or whatever?
Babbman, I LOVE the videos. *grin* I aspire...
Thanks to all of you,
I am going to HIGHLY suggest that you think about getting a Rev to help you out on your flying control and fun factor. It will also give you the ability to fly in more places, with more people and in a variety of winds. I know for myself, 12mph is about the tops for me and my Ozone, anything more and it becomes punishment rather than fun... and slightly dangerous. lol
I typically recommend the following for anyone who is getting into this, likes it and sees themselves staying with it:
Rev 1.5 Standard (or SUL)
Rev 1.5 Vented
For the winds we have here in Chicago, these 2 kites seems to handle everything for the most part. Typically, I would suggest buying 1 kite with lines and handles and the other as 'kite only' since the lines and handles are interchangeable.
The other option you would be asked about is what spars to get. This is an interesting and complex consideration with the choices available. I'll give you my thoughts and I would welcome some of the others here to interject their own. This is covered in other topics but for the sake of not making you dig, I'll put it here again...
here's the terms
SLE (super leading edge)
Skinny 2/3/4 wrap
what's it all mean? and which ones to get? Well, I've been through them all. I started out with SLE's but abandoned them really quickly after I learned basic control which really meant, when I quit smacking it into the ground. Plus, with the SLE, you need a decent wind to get them up as they are heavy and here in Chicago, we just don't have a lot of really heavy wind days... I'm going to assume that if you are anything like I was when I started out, you probably have some basic control after flying your HQ.
I know that Kent has some opinions on the SLE as far as control and speed of the kite goes. The SLE is really stiff and allows the kite to be fairly fast and stiff. They are also very resilient and forgiving for new fliers who hit the ground fast and hard. Skinny rods provide a bit of 'mushyness' and I think, a bit more control but are definitely more fragile. I won't get into the physics of any of this though...
The wrap factor is really a measure of the stiffness of the rod.
A 2 wrap is great for light wind days in a standard sail or vented sail. Have to be careful with them though as their lightness also makes them rather fragile.
A 3 wrap is all purpose and handles a wide range of wind speeds.
A 4 wrap is for those windy days and is the heaviest of the skinny rods.
Race rods are approximately the weight of a 2 wrap with the strength of the 3 wrap.
Personally, I have a set of everything, but almost 90% of the time, I just use race rods in both my standard and vented. This lets me fly in almost any type of winds except for something heavy and gusty... oh, above let's say 18 or 20mph. Above that, I drop in the 4 wraps but those days are really pretty few and far between around here.
Something else you will realize over time is that flying isn't as much about wind speed and equipment as it is about ability and skill... both of which come with lots of practice. Obviously, there are some common sense things to consider.... you don't fly a standard sail in 20mph winds with 2 wraps in it... lol... you'll figure it our or you will end up suffering the ridicule that some of us will be happy to provide... all in good fun, of course...lol
Anyway, if you are interested, ask some more questions or just show up somewhere we are and have a go with one of our revs... they are like crack...