>Question - Has anyone flown an Omni by Peter Powell?? I saw a fairly good
>review of it in an old issue of SKQ (but I didn't see any bad reviews on ANY
>kites in that issue). I would be especially interested in it vs. a REV I or
>II. How does it handle, what wind speed is required, etc.
I've had my Omni for almost a year now. I don't think I've flown it more
than once every two months. This is compared to my various revolutions, which
I generally fly at least once a week.
I ordered my Omni based solely on the review in the Spring 1991 SKQ, and
decided rather quickly that the kite doesn't live up to the review.
The two biggest problems with the Omni are that the wing tips flip over far too
easily (and it's much harder to recover from this than it is with a Rev) and
the fact that it simply does not like to move forward/reverse as much as
it does sideways. (the SKQ review states that the kite will move in all
4 directions with equal speed and alacrity. this is simply not true).
The Omni is built like a rock--1.5oz nylon and an incredibly heavy fiberglass
"spreader." An ultralight kit exists, which apparently just consists of an
AFC .2400 replacement spreader. I've never flown the ultralight. I do know
that the stock kite takes a pretty good _steady_ wind to keep in the air. Far
more wind than the Rev, and more wind than the Rev II.
Lastly, I detest the handles that come with the Omni. They're huge, heavy,
uncomfortable chunks of plastic. If you buy an Omni, make your own handles.
It's not _all_ bad news. The Omni can be incredibly precise, and it's a snap
to hover it in just about any location. It can move quite quickly laterally,
which is pretty neat to watch, and it does do wonderfully fast prop spins.
I've had several occasions when it's been _fun_ to fly, but as a general
rule, the kite stays in my bag.
One last thing...the SKQ review gives a retail price of $99 for the Omni.
The Omni has never been that cheap. I paid $135 for mine, and I think it
generally runs between that price and around $150. This is for the kite
and handles--you'll need lines. This price makes it comparable to the
Rev II in the basic and classic sail graphics.