High Wind Kites

High Wind Kites

Post by Glenn Daviso » Sun, 09 Mar 1997 04:00:00


I'm interested in building a single line kite which would
fly well in heavy winds 30mph+.

I've been thinking of venting it and keeping to a relatively small size
...and "crash proofing".  Any suggestions?

Does anyone have any single line kits that fly well in heavy wind?

Glenn

 
 
 

High Wind Kites

Post by Sinden Medle » Mon, 10 Mar 1997 04:00:00

Hi all,

just announcing a new web site for Kite Works, an Australian kite shop.

Check it out at:

http://users.hunterlink.net.au/kiteworks/index.html

please send comments.

Thanks,

Neva.

 
 
 

High Wind Kites

Post by Doug Fos » Mon, 10 Mar 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I'm interested in building a single line kite which would
> fly well in heavy winds 30mph+.

> I've been thinking of venting it and keeping to a relatively small size
> ...and "crash proofing".  Any suggestions?

> Does anyone have any single line kits that fly well in heavy wind?

> Glenn

My Buffalo Box Kites fly very well on windy days. The only problem is
putting them together without breaking anything!

 
 
 

High Wind Kites

Post by Glenn Daviso » Mon, 10 Mar 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
> My Buffalo Box Kites fly very well on windy days. The only problem is
> putting them together without breaking anything!

Does your box kite fly in 30mph+ wind?  What about heavy gusts?  You add
a tail, correct?
 
 
 

High Wind Kites

Post by Doug Fos » Fri, 14 Mar 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Does your box kite fly in 30mph+ wind?  What about heavy gusts?  You add
> a tail, correct?

The Buffalo Box kites have flown well for me in winds of at least the
high 20s.
And those are ground level speeds, so I'm sure that they were actually
in the
30s at the end of the 500' line that I usually attach to the kites.

Last Saturday, I flew three together. I taped two 3' Buffalo Boxes to a
4'
box. This was suggested to me by Mike Decker of the Buffalo Kite
Company.

he
makes great kites and gave me this idea. And it sure was fun!!!

I'll try some ASCII art here.

            +++++++++0++++++++++++0+++++++++
            +       + +          + +       +
            +       + +          + +       +
            +       + +          + +       +
            +++++++++ +          + +++++++++
            \         +          +        /
             \        ++++++++++++       /
              \       \                 /
               \       \               /
                \       \             /
                 \       \           /
                  \       \         /

The  0  is where I taped the long sticks together. I used black
electrical tape.
And only two pieces per kite, I didn't tape the whole length. The  /
and  \ show
the approximate bridle. I know that it is asymetrical, but this combo
flew very
well. The bridle from the outside to the center was about 6' long. The
3' kites
were centered along the length of the 4' box.

It flew like a champ and attracted plenty of attention.

On Sunday, I expanded the arrangement by putting 2' boxes on the outside
of the
3' boxes. 5 KITES! Very impressive and it also flew well. I did crunch
some spars
in the 2' boxes when the assembly lifted prematurely and rolled onto its
side.
Some assistance is helpful when trying this!!!

Doug Foss
flying and building 1, 2, and 4 liners in sunny south Florida.

 
 
 

High Wind Kites

Post by edrake.. » Sat, 15 Mar 1997 04:00:00

Great, fabulous high wind kite is a small fluted sled out of Margaret Gregor's book, More kites for everyone.  Capt*** Wightman uses a single cell (three flutes wide) to hoist  bears and such in high winds.  Calls it his storm flute.  I have used mine to pull up 12' spinsock, 20' tube and several streamers at the same time.  Silly thing is only about 18 inches wide but is just great for high winds.  Nice pull and yet not too much.

Great winds for everyone,

Beth (tigger from oregon)