A great 7 minute segment on KAP was recently on “Daily Planet” that airs on the Discovery Channel in Canada. The segment featured Chris Benton and Scott Haefner and their kites and kap rigs The segment was very informative and if anyone is interested in viewing the segment you can get the webcast here.
Last night my wife and I tried to get some pictures of the kite in flight. It was after midnight, cold and there was zero wind. However we managed to get some pretty cool pictures of the new kite. Continue reading
after reading the posts about Lee Sedgwick’s round yfo style kite on the kitebuilder.com forums I decided to build one. this was a cool kite, and was super simple to build. While experimenting with bridles one day it struck me that I could make a pretty cool Continue reading
I went out at lunch today with my new YFO/UFO/Airyo-ish kite and had a go at flying it as a quad. The kite performed much better than I expected and there are lot’s of areas to tweak. I attached the with 90 degrees between each tow point. ( 11 and 2, 5 and 8 on the face of a clock). There wasn’t much wind but it performed very well.. Turning is a little weird; the kite is round which makes it difficult to tell which end is up :). Continue reading
Rich Durant from Oregon posted a topic on the kitebuilder.com forums about Lee Sedgwick’s latest creation, the
YFO(correction Lee emailed me to say that the new kite is called the UFO – Ultimate Fun Object). The UFO took home the most innovative award at the AKA Convention in Seaside Oregon this year. The disc shaped kite/toy is about 46″ in diameter and can be flown in quad-line, single line and no-wind single line configurations. Continue reading
Finsished “Le Virus” number 2 this evening… Test flight tomorrow
I learn something every time I build a kite. This time I used a Mil spec grade gross grain on the trailing edge. The gross grain is 100% nylon and is very strong. It holds a crease long enough to feed it through my bias binder and creates a nice finish. I will make the dacron reinforcements at the standoff positions thicker, as I didn’t leave quite enough room for the standoff-to-sail connector. The kite has the frame from my green “Le Virus” and I will eventually frame it in skyshark P200′s and 5pt tapers.
Here is a photo of the completed kite…
Check out this crazy video of a guy trying to fly too much kite in too much wind..
Tonight I framed the first of two Le Virus kites. I used .2300 Avia Carbon tube all the way around and .120 micro carbon for the stand-offs and APA fittings on the LE and Lower Spreaders. Continue reading
I finally got a chance to get back to the “Le Virus” number 1 tonight. I was able to do the following today: Continue reading