How to fly a kite
Flying a kite has been such a windy hobby for so long that historians don’t know when the first kite was invented. Our earliest written accounts of this pastime come from members of the Han dynasty in China in 200 BC.
Even if it’s the first time prospectus, you need to know how to launch your kite. If there’s a breeze, that’s usually the easier part. The real challenge is to keep your kite in the air.
Kites throughout history have faced the same forces to get their paper, plastic, or fabric creations into the air: lift, drag, weight, and thrust. If you can balance these forces, your kite will rise. And if you stick to a few tips, it will fly.
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With the help of some popular YouTube explainers, here are the basic steps to flying a kite with minimal stress and more fun!
How to launch your kite 🪁
Whether you handle a jumbo jet or a kite, aerodynamic forces govern all flying objects. For launch a kite in the air, the force of the initial lift must be greater than the weight of the kite.
Once in flight, you must keep all four forces in balance to keep your kite flying smoothly. This means that lift must equal the weight of the kite and wind thrust must equal drag, the kite’s resistance to movement through the air.
Of course, no one flies a kite with a pad and pencil to determine the physics of the moment, so these principles are learned by experience. The feeling of tension in the line, the jerk of the kite as it struggles to maintain its orientation in uncertain wind, and the sight of kite tails pointing in the breeze, indicate what to do next.
A good rule of thumb is to start your flight with the wind at your back. So when you let go of your kite, you can watch it rise in front of you. Pick a spot that has a quarter to half a mile of free space behind you, according to kite enthusiast Chris Maxa, who demonstrates how to fly a kite. Flying near trees and power lines is a bad idea. Also avoid going out in stormy weather, in case of lightning strikes. If your kite has tails, pay attention to the direction they are blowing, as they are an indicator of the direction of the wind.
The beach is always a good option when choosing a location to fly a kite, as it usually has a strong offshore breeze. Hold the kite in your non-dominant hand and the spool in the other. You will notice that the kite already picks up the breeze. Now let go of the kite and grab the spool with both hands. When you feel the kite pull away from you as it catches an updraft, let your string wind up a bit.
You can use a “long queue launch” if you are having trouble. Unwind about 50 feet of string from your kite and back until the line is as straight as possible, according to Jim Nicholls’ 1,508th Kite video. Then pull the kite up to catch the wind.
If you have a friend to help you, you can team up to give your kite a boost. Have the friend hold the kite and wrap the string over several feet, making sure it is straight. While you’re holding the spool, tell your friend to launch the kite straight into the air. If there is enough wind, the kite will take flight. Be sure to pull the line as your friend lets go.
Keep your kite in the air🪁
If you see the kite dipping in different directions and feel it pulling on your string, it’s time to unwind the line. If you let go of the string too much, its weight will actually start to pull the kite down. Your kite may start an unstable descent until you pull the string with one hand, which should again improve its stability.
Sometimes, even though you think everything looks good in the air, you may notice that the kite is a little slow and the line sags. Now you want to gently pull the string down with one hand. Pulling on the string slightly speeds up the kite and improves lift, so you should see the kite come up. The trick to keeping the kite in the wind is to make sure to maintain tension in the string and to correct for changes in wind speed. As long as the line from your reel to your kite is taut, you can be reasonably sure that the kite will stay in place.
What if there is no wind? 🪁
If there is no wind, you can make your own kite strengths by holding your kite by the frame with one hand while you run. Then let go and start paying the line a little. You may need to keep circling until your kite picks up an updraft. Outdoor Boys on YouTube job a creative solution to fly a kite without wind – take it on a motorboat trip! Most of the time, a windless situation is not ideal if you want to see your kite climb to great heights.
Bring your kite back to Earth 🪁
If you’re using a standard spool, just start spooling it, hand in hand, until the kite lowers to your level, Maxa advise. The other way is to drop the spool and gently and steadily pull the string, hand in hand, until you can retrieve your kite. If your string is wrapped around a handle, which is common on children’s kites, start wrapping the string around the handle to achieve the same result.
What are kites made of? 🪁
Any lightweight material stretched over a rigid plastic, lightweight metal or wooden frame will do. Paper, plastic or a lightweight fabric ensures the kite is light enough to take off. You can even build a kite out of home wrap.
Kites come in all kinds of creative forms, but one of the best designs for a beginner is the delta shapesimilar to streamlined and triangular stealth bomber, with its pointed nose and swept sides. This shape effectively cuts through the air and is easier to control. Diamond shaped kites have the same benefits. Parafoil kites can be even more desirable, as they have no frame to break if your kite adventure ends in a crash.
However, there is no “kite material”, according to the American Kite Association. “You can use anything to build a kite,” writes Steve Ferrel, who had been judging kites for 20 years at the time he wrote this. article in kite magazine in 2010. He goes on to list a plethora of materials, including linens, tree leaves, woven lawn chair straps, various plastics, papers, and chip bags. “I even saw a flying bra at a festival,” he wrote.
Whether you make your own kite or just buy one, waste no more time. Go fly a kite!
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