Industrial Alliance International Kite Festival 2007

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

Build Your Special Kite At Home

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:

How To Build A Kite Made Of A Plastic Bag

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

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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.

Extra Steps To Follow

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.

Final Steps

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.

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