Skyshark Spars

Skyshark Spars

Post by uspeh.. » Wed, 23 Feb 1994 23:08:17


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          FROM:      MVIRGILI PALL400   Mark Virgilio at Pall East Hills

          DATE:      FEBRUARY 22, 1994
          SUBJECT:   Skyshark Spars

          What is the ouside diameter of skyshark rods? How do they compare to
          Beman and Advantage? They seem to be the hot rods of this year and were
          especially popular when we were on the West Coast.

 
 
 

Skyshark Spars

Post by Jeffrey C. Bur » Thu, 24 Feb 1994 02:35:31

Quote:
>          FROM:      MVIRGILI PALL400   Mark Virgilio at Pall East Hills

>          What is the ouside diameter of skyshark rods?

My IIIp spars seem to be just slightly smaller than my Advantage 2-wrap.
(they look pretty durned close to the eye, but the skysharks seem slightly
looser in the fittings on my Pro).

Additionally, the internal fiberglass ferrules on the Pro fit inside the
IIIp spars but it's just *slightly* snugger.  That could be because my
IIIp's haven't had any internal ferrules and aren't as smooth.

Quote:
>How do they compare to Beman and Advantage? They seem to be the hot rods
>of this year and were especially popular when we were on the West Coast.

SkySharks are lighter, stiffer, and cheaper than Advantage.  They're
lighter and stiffer than Beman.

This doesn't mean that every kite will benefit from their use.  Dean
recently said here that his favorite Pro configuration uses Beman PC14.  (I
can't compare; I've not yet flown one of the Beman kites (hey, Dean...how
about at the Smithsonian Festival?) but my 2-wrap Pro remains one of my
all-time favorite kites.

SkySharks are also very popular on the East coast.  I know many, many
people who use them, and they're appearing in EC kites like the Katana.

You should be able to mail order the sticks for $5.99 for a 32.5" length.
36" lengths are available as well, but I'm not sure what the pricing on
them is.

Jeff

--
|Jeffrey C. Burka     | "Everything is still with a fear of never coming out |
|Suffering Bad Grammar|  Never following through / Never ever finishing      |


 
 
 

Skyshark Spars

Post by Jeffrey C. Bur » Thu, 24 Feb 1994 02:42:14

A friend and I were trying to fly a stack on Sunday and were completely
unable to get the last kite to behave.  These were radical 3/4 deltas.  The
first two kites in the stack would lock perfectly.  The third kite would
wobble to either side, never stabilizing, even in a power dive.

I'm looking for suggestions on what might be done to fix this.  The only
idea I've had (and we didn't get a chance to try it) was to increase the
length of train lines between kites 2 and 3.

Any ideas?

Jeff

--
|Jeffrey C. Burka     | "Everything is still with a fear of never coming out |
|Suffering Bad Grammar|  Never following through / Never ever finishing      |


 
 
 

Skyshark Spars

Post by Marty Sasa » Fri, 25 Feb 1994 02:01:19


Quote:
>A friend and I were trying to fly a stack on Sunday and were completely
>unable to get the last kite to behave.  These were radical 3/4 deltas.  The
>first two kites in the stack would lock perfectly.  The third kite would
>wobble to either side, never stabilizing, even in a power dive.

First, radical kites don't stack as well as more stable kites. Also
check to see if the kites fly flat or bowed. Flat kites are also
easier to train.

Next, make sure that the effective train line lengths are the same
between the kites. As an example of this, the spine on stock Dynakites
is larger in diameter than the leading edge spars. If you don't
compensate for this, the train lines on the spine end up around 3/16
inch shorter per kite. On long trains, this makes a bit difference.

Quote:
>I'm looking for suggestions on what might be done to fix this.  The only
>idea I've had (and we didn't get a chance to try it) was to increase the
>length of train lines between kites 2 and 3.

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