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13th annual Toronto International Kite Festival

Hello all,

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

Kite Fest 2005

Kite Fest 2004

New kites! and a chance meeting.. The Avalon Kite Fliers

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…

Check out the albums .. Peter Lynn Pilot, Flying with Dean

Bell Cygnet Kite Centennial 2007

On August 21st 2007 a group of about 40 kite flyers from around Canada and the world gathered in Baddeck, Nova Scotia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s Cygnet kite. This event picked up steam with the media and it was broadcast nationally on the CBC morning news and was on a number of local broadcasts as well. I will have more of a write up in the next few days…

CBC morning news…

CTV Live at 5 Broadcast…

Steadywinds.com and Tall Ships 2007

We will be taking aerial photos later this week and into the weekend of the Tall Ships 2007 festival in Halifax. This years festival is shaping up to be a real jem, with some amazing ships and I have heard that the entertainment and activities this year will be second to none.

We will be attempting to get lot’s of shots from locations around the board walk as well as ocean side. The big event for us will be attempting to get shots when the ships are under sail, and maybe even from one of the ships :)

More info at www.tallshipsnovascotia.ca

see you there…

–Bill

Reeled in over his kite – News from down under…


Photo source:
Moonee Valley News
by Anna Joske

Be careful where you fly kites in Oz… you might get busted and receive an old school scolding from some mean police officers…

According to this article a man had tied a 1 meter wide kite to a fence. The local airport authority reported that there was an unidentified flying object about 400 feet off of the south end of the airport. Then for some reason, everyones common sense went out the window and they sent in the police and helicopters to find the perp! Come-on…

While I am all for kite safety, it wouldn’t have been to difficult to find the kite without all the American style theatrics..

Here is the article from the Moonee Valley Community News…

Reeled in over his kite

A POLICE helicopter and four officers swooped on a Keilor East house last week after the owner’s kite was deemed a risk to planes at Essendon Airport.

The Fawkner traffic management unit, whose members raided the Mues Street house on Monday afternoon, last week sought to distance itself from the incident.

An officer at the police air wing, which is based at the airport, spoke only on condition of anonymity.

”Air traffic control at Essendon could see a kite flying at about 300-400 feet at the south-western end of the airport and they asked if we could try to locate it.

”It was quite dangerous for departing and approaching aircraft. It was flying around like you wouldn’t believe.

”We located it and got a ground unit to come and pull it down because it was just too dangerous.”

The kite’s owner, Jon Grech, watched the chopper circle his house for 20 minutes from a nearby TAB outlet. ”I thought somebody robbed a bank.

”We were talking and – this is the gospel truth – I said, ‘That’s my kite. They’re not after my kite, are they?’

”And it was true.”

Mr Grech said his wife was home alone when the police entered and a policeman physically pulled down the kite from the fence.

”[He said], ‘Get it down, get it down, get it down!’ And then my wife was too slow, so he took over.

”They told my wife I was not to fly the kite again as long as I lived.

”My wife was there, trembling. [The policeman] said, `No more kites’.

”My wife, she was scared. She had a heart murmur. Her son died last year. She doesn’t need this.

”It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money. If they spent it on [tackling] somebody selling drugs or prostitution or whatever … but for flying a kite because it didn’t show up properly on a radar? Come on!

”We live in Australia, not in Zimbabwe.”

A Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman said creating an obstruction with an unmanned aircraft – in this case, a kite – was an offence that carried a $2750 fine.

Further penalties could be incurred by flying an unmanned aircraft above 400 feet in controlled airspace within three nautical miles of an aerodrome.

Audi A5 Stunt kite flying.. really..

Check out this article from German Car Blog. Apparently there is a new commercial coming for the Audi A5 that features two cars flying a stunt kite. According to the article the car (and driver) are actually controlling the kite. One car for the left and one for the right I suppose… looking forward to the video on YouTube :)

Audi A5: New kite Commercial Launched

More info on the filming here: Fourtitude.com Audi News

Not a trick: two Audi A5 models steer a stunt kite
- Unusual shoot in the Namibian desert
- Music for the 40-second ad composed by the band “Yello”

It might have needed a bit of a warm-up but then everything ran like clockwork. Two Audi A5 models steer a stunt kite in the new “Kite” advert, which will be broadcast on free TV from 25 May. “This is not a trick, all the images are real,” says Jagoda Becic, Head of Advertising at Audi. “Authenticity,” she says, “was the essential requirement. If it hadn’t been possible to navigate the kite by car in reality, then we wouldn’t have implemented the idea.” It was indeed possible – and led to spectacular images. They were filmed in the Namibian desert which showcases the Audi A5’s highly accurate driving characteristics in a striking manner. The message of the film, which will be aired in a 30- and 40-second version, is “Driving Redesigned”. The Swiss group “Yello” provided a new type of music for the A5 advert.

Speed, wind conditions, the size and material of the stunt kite, the length and thickness of the control ropes and, of course, a professional navigator: these were all aspects that had to be considered and tested.

Audi found the perfect kite pilot in 20-year-old Marcel Mehler from Velbert (North Rhine-Westphalia), multiple German champion and European vice-champion in kiting. For him and his parents Ilona and Thomas Mehler, almost everything revolves around flying stunt kites. The Mehlers not only provided valuable information on handling the sensitive piece of sports equipment but later also drove the A5 models during shooting in Namibia.