Jeff wrote:We had 2 power kites, 4 duals, a single line and 4 quads going today
No way. We had one power kite and a parafoil. After flying Wendy's beast I'm never calling mine a power kite again, I've experienced real power now
. My kite is a nice, practical little parafoil. It handles nicer as well, this is the opposite of what I would have expected but maybe the high aspect ratio gives it better turn performance.
Honestly I think the Rev was pulling almost as hard as my parafoil when we had the peak wind.
I had a lot of fun. I'm happy to have had another shot at a Rev, and this time in enough wind that I could feel the pull of the kite. I'm a tactile person, the feedback was useful. I finally got to start building up the new reflexes that a quad needs. It was quite a kick getting that thing up and actually controlling it, seeing my commands have the intended effect. I've still got a ways to go to get all the proper reflexes, but I feel I've got a basic handle on the concept now.
I have GOT to get me one of those, but for now I believe I heard that there should be more loaners available at the Kankakee meet. The thing I need the most work on now is maintaining control at all orientations. I can kind of handle sideways, but once I go inverted I lose it. Inverted was always my weakness with RC planes, but not this bad, I think I'm just hardwired into having a kite moving in one direction only. Having a kite that can go in all directions is going to need some new neural pathways. Which are only going to get built with more flying.
The start of the day was frustrating, but once the wind picked up a little things went well. I had the best luck I've yet had launching mine, I think I just wasn't using enough brute force in the past. I felt like the odd man out having the only kite in the air (besides the skate) that couldn't stop on a dime, but it's a nice relaxing kite to fly.
So I'm looking forward to next weekend, hoping we get more consistent wind. I just hope I don't end up with orange shoes again. My boots cleaned off well enough, they no longer look like they do in that picture, but.. I'd like to keep them that way, this time.