GALLERY 6

Developing the square kite for performance

Trapeziums and other experiments

Developing the square kite (60cm squares)

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Shaping the trailing edge - gives very smooth acceleration and crisp stall entry and exit

Triple spine and compound shape of the trailing edge (+ large central hole) offers great control and precision. This also offers extended tail-slides and ground landing/take-off.

Shaping the trailing edge and a large central hole offers greater control and precision. This also offers predictable tail-slides and brief reverse flying.

Trapezium kites (60-80cm span)

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Large low aspect ratio trapezium kites (above & left) offer the ultimate precision and control. Probably the best shape for gaining familiarity with the range of tricks that can be induced with single line control. These kites are relatively slow, but they are the ideal relaxing kite for ultra-light winds (they can even be flow indoors without walking about once you are comfortable with letting the kite glide to take out line).

The high aspect ratio format (right) is surprisingly easy to fly - it looks more radical than it flies. The same high aspect ratio shape has been used for the stacked fighter sets shown below

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Left - a rainbow stack of seven 80cm span trapezium kites.

Right - a prototype stack of 12 x 80cm trapezium kites flying at the Portsmouth Kite Festival.

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