Here is an ABC news segment on the Kite Ship demo that took place in San Francisco last week.
Here is an ABC news segment on the Kite Ship demo that took place in San Francisco last week.
Here is an interesting article about Buteo Huang, his love of kites and his passion for designing them.
I had heard of Buteo Huang a few years ago when he competed at the AKA convention, If I recall correctly he took home a few trophies :). His kites were definitely beautiful and very unique. One of Buteo’s kites, “Starbird”, was featured in the “Stranger in a Strange Land” episode of the TV show LOST. I hadn’t really heard of him again until recently when I purchased a Buteo Huang Chinese Opera mask kite that is being produced by New Tech Kites. It’s a wonderful piece and it’s one of six in the series of Opera masks. He produces some wonderful kites, if you can you should try and pick one up for your collection.. worth every penny.
more information about Buteo Huang can be found here…
Buteo Hang’s Blog
For master kitemaker Buteo Huang, the sky’s the limit
New Tech Kites Buteo Huang site
Buddy TV – LOST
An interesting video posted on Buteo’s website is here
Article from the Taiwan Journal
Publication Date：09/21/2007 Section：Arts and Culture
By Sandra Shih
Entering the front gate to the artist’s studio, the first thing that came into sight was the pieces of an oval kite hanging above a small pond. The kite was decorated with brown and black circles, similar to the rings on the trunks of old trees. Together with the green plants and sound from the waterfall, the setting was like a hidden forest. This was the studio of Buteo Huang, a kite designer. He had turned his home into a studio to pursue his childhood dream.
Huang called the kite “Disappearing Forest,” which was one of the many that he designed and added to his collection. He said that many people looked at his works in museums or indoor displays, commenting that they were not extraordinary and regarding them as installation art. “Everything you see here can actually fly. That’s why it is a kite, not an installation,” Huang said Sept. 7. Seeing a kite flying in the air was normal, but making a flat piece of paper ascend to the sky could take him months at a time. “Flying is the fundamental desire of human beings,” he claimed. “What I do satisfies this innate need.”
I find this disturbing, however I shouldn’t be surprised. Kites, perhaps from the very early beginnings, have been used as weapons, decoys, and as military tools. Saul’s Barrage kite, for example, (which was test flown here in Halifax, Nova Scotia) was used as an anti-aircraft weapon. It would bring down enemy air craft by “clipping” their wings, so to speak. More information on the barrage kite can be found here: Harry C Sauls Barrage Kite and here: Saul’s Barrage Kite
fast forward to 2007…it appears that it’s still happening with militants using them to deter night time air raids by helicopters by flying kites near their camps.
Here is an excerpt from the Associated Press article carried by the international tribune
MANILA, Philippines: Al-Qaida-linked militants and their sympathizers may be using an unlikely weapon to strike at attack helicopters and cut the risk of aerial raids on their jungle strongholds: kites.
A Huey helicopter encountered difficulty while flying back at night from a recent combat mission on the southern island of Jolo after a kite’s thick nylon cord became dangerously entwined in its rotor, Philippine air force chief Lt. Gen. Horacio Tolentino said Monday.
The pilots had noticed unusual vibrations, and managed to land safely in a Jolo military camp, he said.
An air force officer familiar with the incident told The Associated Press that the kite’s cord most probably struck the Vietnam War-era Huey over a sparsely populated mountainous region, from which the aircraft evacuated soldiers wounded during a clash with suspected Abu Sayyaf militants.
It was unlikely the kite had been flown by ordinary civilians, the officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
Several kites may have been flown, then tied to trees surrounding a rebel encampment as an extra buffer against nighttime air attacks, the officer said.
“They really have an intention to bring down our helicopters,” Tolentino told the AP.
After the incident, Tolentino said he instructed air force pilots to undertake “evasive maneuvers” aimed to protect choppers from kites during landing and takeoff in Jolo, especially at night. Inspectors were deployed to ensure no kites were being flown near air force areas, he said.
Kite-flying is a popular pastime on Jolo, a predominantly Muslim island where U.S. forces have been providing non-combat assistance to Filipino troops to wipe out Abu Sayyaf militants and a handful of Indonesian militants.
But residents rarely fly kites at night.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(MARKET WIRE)–Sep 19, 2007 —
Full story: Wind Power Makes History on San Francisco Bay
source: Yahoo Finance
The largest ship ever powered solely by a kite in U.S. waters — a 308,000 lb. commercial barge — glided across San Francisco Bay as part of the second annual Family Day Kite Festival on Saturday September 15, 2007. The enormous wind sail that pulled the vessel, a 3,000 sq. ft. traction kite designed by KiteShip of Martinez, California, was only one of the many astonishing and innovative kites flown at the festival.
Held on the panoramic Marina Green overlooking San Francisco Bay, the week-end festival included the broadest range of kites ever assembled, from paper kites made by local children to high-tech contraptions flown by professionals from across the United States; from one inch to over 600 feet in length; from stationary American diamond kites to fidgety and maneuverable Indian fighter kites.
Source: Family Day Kite Festival
related posts : Kites towing cargo ships – kite sails and kite ship
Just back from the Toronto Kite Fest. A great time, as usual, I would like to thank George P., Don B. and Gary M. for all their support this year and for making it possible for me to come up and fly at this great 2 day festival.
Saturday greeted us with cool temperatures and high winds, but we still had a blast. I was able to fly my pilot, with my new piranah drouges, my new idol and my banner tail fish. I was very impressed with how the pilot handled the high winds. I would happily fly it in gusty, lumpy wind again without hesitation.
By the end of the day we were all ready for some good food and drink. As in previous years there is a traditional chinese banquet, complete with presentations, entertainment and a raffle. The food was quite good this year, it was our first time at the Mandarin Club Golf Course and it was a nice change from the previous years venues.
Sunday was warmer but the winds were variable and light. That didn’t stop us from putting on an aquarium in the sky theme at around noon. This was a great demonstration with 2 maxi PL octopus kites, 2 mid size fish, a lobster, Scuba Steve, and the huge star from France. The wind came up at the right time and held on long enough for us to put on a great show.
I had to wrap up on Sunday pretty early to catch my flight back to Halifax. This was my 4th Toronto Kite Festival, but hopefully it won’t be the last.
Check out the pictures in my galler… Kite Fest 2007
Yvon from the Dieppe Sky Lines kite club posted this amusing video of what to do when it rains at a kite fest….
Slip n’ slide with out the slide… haha
First of all, kudos for your decision to build your very own kite at home! The costs are minimum, the fun is at its highest peak, and you’ll probably end up discovering a brand new hobby to embrace every time you feel bored or you want to create something beautiful. There are plenty of kite building kits out there you can actually buy and create diamond or sled kites, to name just a couple of the most popular kite varieties out there. But you could also do things the affordable and easy way:
Find a plastic bag – not too big, not too small, you must have one around the house. Easily fold it in half, vertically. Make it as flat as you can, and make sure it is even. Next, cut the button part of the
bag off. You can do this by placing the scissors two or three inches up from the bottom of the bag, and carefully eliminating the part of the bag that you are not going to be using. The next step towards building your very first homemade kite would be to cut the plastic bag in the middle, starting from the base and going straight up, directing the scissors toward the center. Then nicely form a cut from the bag’s center and all the way back to the fold, forming a 45-degree angle.
Next, you will need to save the respective section that is comprised of most of the fold and place the rest of the plastic bag aside. Lay down all the pieces on a flat surface and check and
make sure you have obtained two irregular pentagons. The next steps are to cut two sticks, making sure one of the sticks is as long as the entire length of the kite, measuring from top to bottom. You will then need to cut the second stick so that it is a little longer than the actual width of the resulting kite, measuring from right to left.
Finally, you will need to take the longer stick and tape it to the center of the kite, on the vertical. Make sure you take the top end first thing and just before taping the bottom, carefully stretch the plastic, while taping this stick onto the bottom of the future kite. Then, tape the end of the short stick to the left corner of the soon-to-be kite, bow the stick from on horizontal towards the top center and make sure it properly curves while it moves from left to right. Next, take the right corner and finally take the two sticks together.
Create strips made of the extra plastic bag you have not used and hence create the tail of your kite and connect the tail to the bottom of the kite by taping it. The whole process should not last longer than the time you might need to visit a website that specializes in online bingo games for real money. Speaking of, bingo online makes for another excellent hobby for most people, and the places like Tasty Bingo can definitely bring out all the fun of the game, especially if you are planning on playing for real money.
Great event coming up this weekend (15th and 16th) in Toronto at Miliken district park (Steeles ave east and McCowan)
Featured guests include:
Cliff Quinn, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Team Skyburner, Detroit, Michigan
Windjammers Kite Team, Detroit Michigan
Meg Albers, Buffalo, New York
Carl Bigras, Ottawa, Ontario
Terry Thillman. Pierrefonds, Québec
Yves Laforest, St-Éustache, Québec
Daniel Rémillard & Christine McGee, Brossard, Québec
Normand Girard, Montréal, Québec
Jean Poisson, Montréal, Québec
Jean Lamoureaux & Michèle Berubé, Montreal, Québec
Jacques & Francine Létourneau, Québec City, Québec
Bill Wilson, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Gary and Kerry, along with Miss Ohio, the kite flying chicken, were on Breakfast Television this morning to promote the festival…
Good Job to all those that showed up early to setup kites and put on a great face for the fesitval…
Here are some albums from past festivals…
Kite Fest 2006
Well today I decided to head out and test my newly built 4 sq. m. Peter Lynn Pilot and my softkites.com long fin Banner Fish. I walked quickly up to the hill right after work, since this was the first flight of a new kite I was eager to get it into the air right away. I noticed a small dual line foil buzzing around on the opposite side of the hill. Normally I would walk over and introduce myself, as I am always looking for new local fliers to kite with. Today, however, I was focused purely on my new pilot. The kite flew quite well, a few bridle tweaks and I will be happy with it.
(here it is )
Shortly after I had the kite in the air I noticed someone walking up the hill toward me. This happens fairly often when flying kites on the hill, people are fascinated by them and usually have some questions. This time, however, I was asked if I was “Dean Parsons”, my instant reply was “no, Dean is from Newfoundland”, this got me a strange look and a “small world, isn’t it” comment :), kiting really is a small world.. Dean is the organizer of the Avalon Kite Fliers Club based out of St. John’s, NF. I only know Dean through a few email exchanges we have had over the years. The chap I was talking to mentioned that Dean was in town and was looking for a place to fly. He just assumed, since I was flying kites on the hill, that I was Dean. He proceeded to email Dean (gotta love the blackberry) and let him know I was flying.
So not 5 minutes later, Dean comes marching around the corner with his prism kites strapped to his back. He was the one flying the foil on the other side of the Hill, (great minds think alike) It was great to finally meet Dean in person and his passion for kites is fantastic and refreshing. Dean is a serious trick kiter, proudly sporting his Prism Quantum Pro and a few other SUL beauties. Dean cracked open the Quantum Pro and started banging out some sweet tricks!.. While Dean was flying, I added my Robert Van Weer’s flong fin Banner fish to my pilot line and it too had it’s first flight … It feels great to be building again, not sure why I ever stopped
So all in all a great day, 2 new kites in the air, and a great surprise meeting with Dean…
Cool video building a simple Hata style kite….
Simple supplies all available at craft stores, the author indicates you should be able to build about 10 kites from this. They would look great in a train.