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Kite headlines from around the world

Philippine officials: Muslim militants may resort to kites to attack military choppers

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.

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Wind Power Makes History on San Francisco Bay

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

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.

The 9.8 Fighting Kite Brigade

Ok I am not 100% what to make of this..

Attaching razor blades and nails to “craptastic” plastic kites sounds fun.. errr… sorta.

I always try and spread the word about safe kiting and that you can really hurt someone with a stunt like this; however, at the same time this appeals to me in a geeky way…(I am also not sure how accurate the history is.. but take it for what it’s worth) ..

enjoy!

Here is the video clip from Geek Entertainment TV

2,000 Years Of Kite Flying History

You might be more or less interested in the genuine art of flying kites as a new hobby, a means of relaxation during your dull weekends, or, why not, as a true passion or career option – kite builders are respectable individuals for many years. Kiting has been around for more than 2,000 years, but the precise inventor of the kite is not known to mankind.

 

The Mysterious Inventors Of Kite Flying

It might have been the Chinese who flew the very first kites, due to the huge interest shown to kiting even today. And Japan and Korea are not far off either – there are many Far East countries where amazingly painted and decorated kites can be seen flying in the skies. And if we are to also mention the existence of the special Kites Day in China, where both children and full grown-ups are flying kites in an organized setting, we might understand why the Chinese people are considered to be the founders of the tradition. Plus, there is even a particular fish kite flying ceremony held on Children’s Day on May the 5th each year in Japan, so the Asians might in fact be responsible for the invention of the kites.  

 

Kite Flying Contests

 

There are kite flying contents organized on some of the windiest bitches throughout the world,. Also, the interest of people is on the rise, since the development and permanent evolution of kites as we all used to know them since we were small children have created pure arts of works during recent years. There are many people who specialize in the building of modern era kites that can handle powerful strong and which are easier to control and hence win specialized contents.

 

Different Types Of Kites

Usually, the simplest types of kites you can find in specialized online or offline stores are the ones that are made from two sticks that need to be crossed and covered in cloth. Finally, one needs to attach a string to the kite and the adding of plastic, fiberglass, or aluminium frames is not uncommon either. However, these particular types of kites that feature frames made of these materials tend to be more expensive, so if you would like to keep your investment to a minimum, you could go ahead and opt for the simple kites. Of course you can always think about joining some casinos accepting Mastercard on the web and see if you can safely play some blackjack or poker games and win some money so you can afford expensive kites, but that is totally up to you.

  Moreover, kites can be found is a large variety of shapes and sizes, and, needless to say, the flat kite is the most common type of kite out there.

 

Interesting Facts About Kites Throughout The History

 

Kites have been used by Benjamin rankling to prove the fact that the lighting was in fact some form of electricity. By attaching a metal key to a kite’s string, he proved that the electricity passed down the respective string when lighting hit it, hence producing Franklin to get an electric shock.

 

Also, kites helped people develop the very first airplanes – see the Wright Brothers story. Also, in World War I, large kites were used to transport Germans to submarines or carry long distance radio signals.