Category Archives: My Kites

Butterfly – Papillon

In November 2004 I saw an interesting kite design. The Papillon, designed by Alain Micquiaux and manufactured by Atelier Kites, was being flown by Ted Gaudet, who just returned from the Dieppe International Kite festival in France. I thought this looked great and flew beautifully. The butterfly glides gracefully and if you pull or tug the line the butterfly beats it’s wings gently. Continue reading

Le Virus – first flight

Wow!!!! That’s all I have to say. This is a fantastic kite! I am completely thrilled with the way it flys and how responsive it is. :D

I have to make a few tweaks to the upper spreader (mine is 1 cm too short) but other than that I didn’t adjust anything. The wind was about 10 mph (16 km/h) and smooth. I am not an accomplished trick flier but.. Flic-Flacs are super easy as with the fade, Axels and snap stalls are excellent. Corners were nice and the kite is rock solid in forward flight, no over steer in the spins…

Here are some shots..

–Bill

“Le Virus” – Another Sail

After making the green sail I wasn’t 100% happy with the color combo. I decided to sew another sail. This time using a similar layout to Christin’s original. Plus I was finally able to use mylar in a kite :). It’s been sitting on the shelf for about 6 months… :)

I also applied some of the things I realized from the mistakes I made on the first sail. This sail was a lot less trouble to get just right when laying it out on the template…

steadywinds,
Bill