Re: What charateristics improve a kite's turn?

Subject Re: What charateristics improve a kite's turn?
From (Andy Wardley)
Date 4 Apr 1997 14:05:31 +0100
Newsgroups rec.kites
Clint Frysinger wrote:
> I am interested in any information about what causes a stunt kite to
> turn.  In particular, what design features make one kite turn tighter
> than another?  Does the bridle position (both up/down and side to
> side) affect this or does the wing shape?  How about standoff
> location?  Any info is greatly appreciated.

Although nothing is guaranteed on any kite, the general rules are as follows:

As you can see, there is a trade-off between the two extremes of any feature. If you want a radical trick kite, you might have a tight sail, curved leading edge, outboard and low set bridle and outboard stand-offs (like the Stranger, for example) but you loose precision. At the other extreme, a straight L/E kite with slacker sail, inboard bridle and stand- offs (say the Nothshore Radical) tracks like it's on rails, has excellent speed tolerance and great precision, but it doesn't trick well.

The colour of the kite is also important. Red light has a shorter wavelength than blue light and thus causes less optical resistance, allowing it to fly faster. This is why kites like the Phantom Elite have a "fade" pattern, putting the lighter, more resistive colours in the center and the darker colours on the outside, thus reducing optical drag at the wingtips.


(looks like I'm 3 days too late with that last paragraph, eh?)