Hobby Information: How To Fly A Kite

Flying well constructed kites safely. Add to the fun with variation. Tips on design and construction.

Safety foremost.

1. Don't fly in bad weather or lightning storms.

2. Don't fly around electric or telephone poles or trees.

3. Don't fly alone. If your kite dives into a car or house window or into someone, you will want the strength of numbers to keep any arguments diplomatic.

4. Have an extra everything! Extra kite, extra string. So many things can go wrong, be ready to start over from scratch. As hobbies go, kite flying is among the cheapest. You can probably afford it. Or, you can fly in teams, staying far enough apart of course.

5. If you choose to loft the kite by running, be on level, unencumbered terrain. Watch what you are doing and have someone else watching, too. Avoid this approach if possible. Have suitable running shoes and a first aid kit if you choose this method.

Use a kite that can be flown well.

In order to fly a kite well you must have a kite that can be flown well. After enlisting the assistance of an adult or older child and following the instructions to the letter, you will want to observe how your kite flies as is to see what it needs to be able to be flown well.

The first run.

You will want your kite string to be without knots, clean and wrapped around a spool or spindle with which to let it out. With kite and string in one hand and spindle in the other, run into the wind letting the string out slowly, more quickly the tighter the string and the stronger the wind.

If the kite won't fly or won't fly well.

Check for holes in the kite where air might escape. Check for even construction and re check the instructions. Try weighting either the tail or nose end of the kite more with a little piece of cloth for a sort of ballast.

Trial run number two.

Run with your kite against the wind and as resistance raises it in the air let the string out slowly, keeping it tight. As with catching a fish you will want to keep the string tight enough to keep the kite up and under control but not so tight that the string breaks.

Change of wind.

The proper winds and weather for flying are up to 16 miles an hour and a clear or at least rainless sky. If the wind changes or picks up, bring your kite down or draw it in a bit to maintain control.

Don't underestimate how high your kite can go.

The heights to which a kite can soar can make for a great show of kite flying. Try flying near dusk. Decorate your kite with light reflectors and shine lights on it as it goes up to keep track of it. Night flying can be a good way to spend a warm summer evening.

For additional information.

There are more kite clubs, websites, discussion groups and other resources on the Internet than you might imagine. I highly recommend you check area for clubs by using several search engines and searching against keywords and phrases such as "kite flying clubs" which brought up a host of good information right off the bat.

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