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#9684 BE WARNED!

Posted by Jim Nicholls on 11 April 2015 - 04:45 PM

A new on-line kite store is making a big splash at the moment, by advertising a massive 30% discount for National Kite Month.  BUT DO NOT BE FOOLED.  All the prices I've checked on that site have been artificially inflated so that the 30% discount brings them down to the normal manufacturer's suggested price.


What's more, this dealer is, apparently, an AKA merchant member and so buyers are entitled to a 10% discount on normal purchases.  Such discounts don't usually apply to sale items, so that means an AKA member buying from this source would not only be cheated by not getting the purely imaginary 30% discount, but would also miss out on the member discount on the normal price.


I hope the association can take steps to stop such misrepresentation from someone using the association's name in its promotional material.  This is totally unfair to other dealers, and to all potential buyers, many of whom might jump at the opportunity to buy at "30% discount"  when they are in fact getting none at all.

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#9669 Adding a bridle to a vintage Rainbow Rider Delta?

Posted by Victor Albert Brito on 24 March 2015 - 10:27 AM

:D While I am not familiar with the vintage Rainbow Rider I have restored a few keel-less delta kites in my day.


What I do is locate the holes in the kite sail where the original string passed through the sail to the spar.  I will then cut a piece of string at least 10 to 12 inches longer than the distance between the two holes thus creating a very slack line that will appear the same shape as a keel.  After securing the ends of the line to the spar I then cut another loop of string about 8 to 10 inches long and loop that onto the bridle line thus creating an adjustable tow point.  I then adjust the tow point to the best angle for the wind condition I am flying in.


It's fairly easy and I have done this to about 20 kites and they fly like champs.


Hope you enjoy the kite flying season!!

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#9471 A question about the Aerobe XL or Wala XL

Posted by dragonfish on 02 December 2014 - 11:16 PM

Hi there.  I have a Wala (not of the XL variety, so not sure if they are different).  The instructions that came with mine said to put the dihedral and spreaders on the front (bridle side) for indoor or low wind flying (gliding), and to put them on the back for higher wind.  Hope you get a definitive answer from the manufacturer about your XL.  

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#9428 Seal Beach California Japan America Kite Festival

Posted by Captain Aether on 13 November 2014 - 05:49 PM

Thanks to Region 12 director Glen Rothstein for facilitating another successful Southern California kiting event. He was careful to see that serious AKA kite flyers were given every courtesy and preferred treatment. Check out the YouTube video Japan America Kite Festival 2014:
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#9032 Toothless the Dragon

Posted by John Lutter on 10 June 2014 - 09:23 AM

I'm not sure where the kites are scheduled to go or if they will make it down to the Texas area... We had Toothless at the New Smyrna Kite Festival (in Florida) this weekend... and it is indeed an awesome sight to see...


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#8965 Tapatalk?

Posted by AKA on 07 May 2014 - 06:11 AM



Request - could you add the Tapatalk plugin?


Ask and ye shall receive. Tapatalk is installed. Simply search for "AKA Kite Talk Forum" from your Tapatalk app!

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#9707 Rockaway Beach Kite Festival -- Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by Rich Durant on 09 May 2015 - 08:48 PM

Fighter kite flyers,


Although there is nothing "schedued" for fighters at this event, there is no reason why we can't have a friendly competiton.   Let me know if you're coming and we'll put something together.

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#9676 looking for info on dragon or serpent kite dimensions

Posted by Banks Albert Griffith on 31 March 2015 - 03:17 AM

I made a thai serpent with the head roughly 2 ft by 3 ft and 100 foot tail.      I flew beautifully in 15+ MPH winds.     the tail started out at 14 inches wide and ended up 4 inches wide. in a vey light weight fabric.

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#9672 Adding a bridle to a vintage Rainbow Rider Delta?

Posted by Judith Imhoff on 26 March 2015 - 12:41 PM

Thanks, Victor.  I tried your method and it worked like a champ!  Judy

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#9647 Kite videos

Posted by Jim Nicholls on 16 March 2015 - 07:25 PM

Thanks for that, Victor, but I don't really need any recognition.  I'm just a crazy old guy who does this for his own amusement, although it's a bonus if other people enjoy the videos.  And if it helps spread a love of kites and kiting, then I'm very happy.


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#9645 Kite videos

Posted by Victor Albert Brito on 16 March 2015 - 08:34 AM

Jim Nicholls.


Congratulations on surpassing the 600 video mark, or more....  I can hardly imagine there is anyone out there who has documented kites in such abundance or has amassed a similar collection (aside from The Capt'n).  I propose an official recognition of this achievement within the history of AKA and possibly a future award to others who endeavor to create a significant collection of kite videos.


Let's hear from those of you who agree with this proposal.

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#9578 Broom Straw Kite

Posted by Clifford Quinn on 18 February 2015 - 02:55 PM

Hi Charles, back in the late 1700's and early 1800's there was not a big need for paper. Most paper came from Europe at that time. The paper  material was pulverized linen  fabric and then along came wood pulp. Paper was quite heavy as compared to our modern material. Some time ago I visited Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and searched kites in that period. To my surprise there was very little information to be had. I even had a CW staff person help me in my search. I did buy some paper in one of the CW shops to experiment making kites. The paper was very heavy . I don't think "straw" would have worked as spars. In one of the historic buildings there was a Pear Shaped kite which was constructed of linen and oak framing on display. I made a replica of that kite many years ago. In fact I entered that kite in the Smithsonian kite competition but it didn't get an award. It needed about 20 mph wind to fly :>(. 

  Washi paper was lighter and used for kites in Asia in  that time frame but would have been scarce in Europe and certainly not imported to the colonies. The Drachen Foundation would be a fine source for historic information ,you might give them a try for further information.



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#9540 AKAGN convention

Posted by Clifford Quinn on 01 February 2015 - 05:02 AM

Hi Wayne, I believe our convention manager works with the local media and provides a convention schedule that the public may participate in. All field activities are open to the general public including the indoor flying demo's and competition. The manager of tourism and convention facilities in Enid will be advertising our convention locally in great depth . Not sure how many Enid residents would follow our convention here on the net but we shure will have lots of local coverage.



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#9511 Kite videos

Posted by Jim Nicholls on 16 January 2015 - 07:22 PM

Hi Judy,


Sorry, I've only just become aware of your question.


Yes, I fly all my kites myself, having no-one to help me except on very rare occasions.  The Trilobites are quite manageable, although they pull quite a bit in a strong wind. 


I usually use 300lb line on the smaller ones, and 500lb on the larger ones, but it's probably overkill in most wind conditions.  There's not really such a big difference in the handling of the two sizes.


As Tim said (thanks, Tim,) I usually use sand ancho0rs at the beach, although if there's some driftwood or similar I will use that instead.  If I fly in a park, I use any fence or tree that's available, or if necessary an anchor called The Claw, which is available from Into the Wind.


It's hard to say what goes best with the Trilobites.  I ring the changes a lot, and most things seem OK.  The Mega Fish is great, but also very expensive.


I hope you have fun with your Trilobite - I certainly do with mine.


My email address is jimATnext.gen.nz if you have any more queries.



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#9389 New meetup group for fliers in and around the Carolina's

Posted by Steve Strogen on 12 October 2014 - 06:10 AM

I just sent you the request to join. Thanks for making this meetup group and hope to meet some of you soon!!!

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#9376 Election Results for 2014

Posted by John Lutter on 06 October 2014 - 07:51 PM

Ask and ye shall receive. Here are the results from the 2014 AKA Convention. I'm still gathering images and results from other competitions, so please keep checking back periodically.



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#9371 Election Results for 2014

Posted by John Lutter on 03 October 2014 - 06:50 AM

I have just posted the election results for the American Kitefliers Association, as presented at the Annual Business Meeting in Nags Head, NC.



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#9297 The Future Of Sport Kiting

Posted by Jackie Maciel on 15 September 2014 - 04:59 PM

Ok,  I’m a Dual Line Flier.    I have to agree with a lot of what Castle and Paul have mentioned.    I first started competing in 2007.    I really enjoy the people I have fly with at competitions.   But the economic collapse of 2008 has really hurt our sport.


Because I fly Dual Line,  I found by competing,  I get to fly at a kite festival, something other than my SLK.     It is very difficult to find the air space to fly a dual line on 100 foot lines with lots of single lines, both small and large at a festival.   One needs almost 200 feet of clear air space when flying.   When I started competing in 2007,  It was very difficult to practice at a kite festival before I had to compete, and still is.   The best fliers were very aggressive in staking out their air space, and there was little space left to use after the Single Liners filled the sky.   Rev fliers have a lot more control of their with their 4 lines.  Thus, they can fly almost anywhere.   Revs can stop, back up, and land so easily in the middle of the wind window.   (even in  high winds).  As a dual line flier I am still struggling with that skill, and I am jealous.


I compete because I do love to fly to my chosen music and choreography. I fly for myself and any spectators.    I also enjoy the fact that for a short time I have a roped off area reserved for ME to Fly MY kite.   If I fly precision and ballet,  I get to fly Twice that weekend,  so I also put together a Freestyle OIOU routine,  just to be able to go out and have more fun in that reserved area.  But Rev Fliers, because of the 4 lines do not see the need for the reserved air space.  


I know of people who have stopped competing because of the work and judging assignments.   Unfortunately our sport does not have a panel of experts who want to stand out on the field and judge us all day long.  Too bad retired competitors are not willing to stay involved and help on a judging panel.   So every plus has a minus in life and so in Sport Kite Competition.  


Too many sport kite fliers think of competition as work.   Pick the music, figure out what to do, now practice, practice practice, then once at the competition, fly twice and then do judging etc.   I do enjoy the planning and practicing, so I do not find it work.  Would I rather not judge?  Sometimes.   But sometimes,  I get to focus on some really great flying.  


In the North East there are only two kite festivals that have a field set up for  with a sound system  for fliers to do sport kite demos.   That is not enough air time for me.  So I compete.


More kite festivals need to incorporate demo fields for sport kite fliers.  That would help educated the public to the wonderful world of flying kites to music.   Most of the public has No Idea that this can be done,  and is amazed when they see it.   I my opinion, there is too much emphasis on making kites with little kids.   We need to do something that excites the big kid in all of us and the parent.   After all,  sport kites cannot be found at the dollar store.  


I think, we, the sport kite community or kiting community needs to advertise to the public what we do.  We also need to try and get younger fliers and more families involved in sport kiting.    


Also,  holding the National Sport Kiting Championships in the middle of the week, when young people are in school,  does NOTHING to expose our sport to potentially new fliers.


The Group of Sport Kite competitors is so small now,  the National Sport Kite Championships, does not have to be held during the Convention.   A three day weekend or two day weekend should be enough time to run all the events.   By holding this event on a weekend, the public would be more apt to see what we do and maybe give it a try.


My husband and I got involved in kiting, not by looking at big kites, or because we made a kite as a child,  but by watching some amazing guy fly stunt kites to music.


Thanks for reading my thoughts.


Jackie Maciel

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#9295 Great videos

Posted by Jim Nicholls on 13 September 2014 - 03:50 PM

Living in New Zealand, I have little hope of attending a great kite festival such as WSIKF.  However, I've been watching the wonderful videos made by AKA member Glenn Mitchell of this year's event, and it was almost as good as being there.  Anyone with an interest in kites should view these - just take a look at his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube....19HEiDerzkeFyJQ


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#9294 WSIKF videos

Posted by Jim Nicholls on 13 September 2014 - 03:48 PM

Living in New Zealand, I have little hope of attending a great kite festival such as WSIKF.  However, I've been watching the wonderful videos made by AKA member Glenn Mitchell of this year's event, and it was almost as good as being there.  Anyone with an interest in kites should view these - just take a look at his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube....19HEiDerzkeFyJQ

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