Launching Single Line Kites
 
       
  1. Kites fly best in wide open spaces. Avoid flying in areas near buildings and trees.
  2. To launch, stand with your back to the wind.
  3. Hold the kite with the nose up in one hand while securely holding the winder in the other.
  4. When you feel the pressure of the wind against the kite, let go. As the kite rises, slowly release the line.
  5. A high altitude launch is an effective method of getting your kite off the ground in light winds. Have someone stand downwind as you let out as much line as possible (> 100 feet). As the kite is released into the wind, tug on the line.

Attaching Line To Grommets   

Attach line to one of three grommets on the keel after determining your current wind conditions. See also Beaufort Wind Scale for your guide to judging wind speeds and attaching line to bridles for proper tying instruction. Use a fishing swivel on the end of your line to prevent line from twisting.

Problem Prevention And Solving

  • Use the correct weight of flying line. Too heavy of line will weigh down the kite, too light may snap and you may loose your kite.
  • Use the correct type of flying line for your kite. Do not use dangerous line eg. wire or mono-filament fishing line. If your line is fuzzy and catches the wind, wax it or replace it with new line, the drag will be too much.
  • Keep line clear of knots and nicks. A knot will weaken the line up to 30%.
  • Do not use different size kite rods than is recommended. The weight of oversized rods can cause a kite to spin, smaller rods can cause a bucking action.
  • The bridal length is important. A slight adjustment of a tow point, on a short bridle can dramatically effect a kites flight. Long bridles are less critical.
  • Always keep spare line ready for release in case a sudden gust of wind causes the kite to dive. Releasing tension will help the kite to recover while pulling on the line will increase the speed of the dive.
  • Use a fishing swivel or two at the tow point to take twists out of the line. This will help to remove the line from the kite with ease for storage.

    Problem Solving

  • If you kite spins and the wind is not too strong.
    • The tail could be to short
    • check the struts thickness and kites symmetry.
    • Lower the tow point at the bridle.
    • Add tails to the sides of the kite.
    • Add extra bridle legs to control how the struts flex.
  • If the kite fails to launch and the wind is strong enough to support the kite.
    • The tail could be too heavy.
    • Move the tow point forward or back, along the bridle.
    • If struts are to flexible add extra bridle legs.
  • If the kite pulls or dips to one side.
    • Raise the tow point along the bridle.
    • Remove a section of tail.
    • Tape a kite tail to the opposite side of the dip.
    • Try a different flying area.
  • If the kite snakes in a side to side motion.
    • Add side tails.
    • Move tow point back.
  • If the kite has a bucking or butterfly motion.
    • Replace or stiffen the spine, or bow struts.
    • Add extra bridle legs.
       



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