How to Fly a Stunt Kite ( Tips for Beginners )
How to fly a stunt kite? And it's really very easy. If you have the basics of flying normal kites it will be as easy as you expect.
When it comes to any ‘how-to’, we usually start visualizing some steps, tips, and techniques in the back of our minds. But here you don’t have to worry about those hectic tips and tricks.
So, let's get into the topic!
How to Launch and Fly Your Stunt Kites
Launching a kite properly is more than a half of flying a kite properly. This is the first step. So, we will focus on launching kites and being familiar with them before we go any further on flying a stunt kite.
Be familiar with your kites
There are three basic components that make up a kite. There's the sail or the skin of the kite. And then, there's the frame or frame set; those are all the rods that support the sail. And there's the bridle; the bridle is made out of court and it hangs in front of the frame and it provides a point to attach your control lines to assemble your kite unroll it and spread it face-up on the ground in front of you.
Notably, you may not find all of the components in your normal kite. Yet, the sail and the frame are two familiar components in all kites. We mostly see the bridle in sports kites.
Well, start by unfolding the lower leading edge and plugging it into each upper leading edge. Then stretch the shock cord around there; knocks at both wingtips. You may find that the shock cords are tight especially when the kite is new.
If you have trouble getting them over the Nok; try taking a piece of heavy string or a shoelace and looping it through the shock cord loop as a handle to pull the shock cord up on to the nock. Next, we'll put in the spreader.
Start with the upper spreader. Be sure to hold the rod close to the end if you don't it's easy to slip out of the fitting and push the rod right through the sale of your kite.
Hold the rod near the end. Again plug the left and right lower spreaders into the lower leading edge fittings. Install the opposite ends of both lower spreaders into the center T and plug each standoff into its fitting on the lower spreader. Always check to be sure that the bridles are clear and free of the frame that they didn't get tangled around them while you assemble the kite.
Stand with your back to the wind
The number-one rule is to stand with your back to the wind. You'll never launch the kite if you're facing the wrong way and then hold your kite up.
Let the wind catch it. Let the line out smoothly and the kite will rise. Keep a little bit of tension on there because the kite needs that to keep going up. If the lines really slack it won't.
And if the kite is provided with enough wind, it'll up there and will just carry on.
All you have to do then is hold on to the line. There’s nothing more to flying a kite except holding on to the line. Therefore, this method of launching works for all kinds of kites. Delta's, bird kites, cloud birds, the huge pterosaur kite, etc.
Let the kites go a little more gently don't rush things. You'll launch them with no problem.
A long line launch is often a good idea. This means you put your kite down walk back fifty feet a hundred feet whatever, and then pull the kite up into the breeze. With the box kites, they stand on their bases and they're easy to do with.
For instance, the Delta Conine as well will stand up. A lot of kites, of course, won't stand up. So then you have to look for something you can prop them against. Just walk back then take a step backward as you pull the line and the kite will just soar if there's enough wind.
Some important tips before you fly your kite
Before I go any further, I want to tell you a few important things that you got to know to fly your kite safely.
Kiting is fun but sometimes it can cause some unexpected damages to your life or others. So, here I'm to share some common yet effective tips that can help you to make your experience safer and more pleasing.
Avoid flying kites near other people
Sometimes, kites move fast as much as a hundred miles an hour. Now at those speeds, your lines and your kite could really do damage. That's why it's so important that you never fly near other people.
If someone wanders into your flying space they may not understand the danger that they're in. It's your responsibility to stop flying until you can get your flying space completely clear.
Don’t fly a kite near power lines
Again, don't fly anywhere near power lines or any kind of overhead wires. Both the frame in your kite and the lines could conduct electricity so this is a dangerous situation.
If something really goes wrong and you do get your kite caught on a power line do not try and work on it yourself. Call the local utility and have them help you out.
Also, don't fly in any kind of stormy or unpredictable weather where gusty strong winds, or lightning could be a real hazard.
Stay away from car parking lots and airports
There are just two more things to avoid when you're flying in order to stay safe. That's cars and airplanes.
So don't fly near any cars parking lots or roads. And when you choose your flying field make sure it's well away from any active airports. Remember, it's your responsibility to fly your kite safely.
When you choose a flying field, make sure it's an open and unobstructed area as possible. And make a point of learning to read the wind at your field. There are many indicators of what the wind is doing but among the best is water. I'm not going to talk about that here.
So, I hope that you got learned something new here on how to fly a stunt kite. Now, if you're about to buy a new stunt kite, here is our detailed review of top stunt kites on the market at the moment.