Monthly Archives: March 2012

Didak Explorer 2.7: the edge of the envelope

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I’m still trying to figure out what the optimum wind range for this kite is. Today, with a light weight bridle and 150DaN line, I flung it into a fresh North Westerly. The kite raced away and rose quickly as … Continue reading

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Time stands still in travel

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B767 400 ER is 80 tons+Weight of average US sedan car is 2.5 tonsThere are 750 million acres of trees in the USTIX SIX BUX- that’s a bargain! Not sure who the sign’s for….My ride home is packed. ..and a … Continue reading

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I love it when a plan comes together!

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Getting a precise plan of a building like this needs a good control network: I went for a classic  loop of stations to fix the exterior footprint with a spine though the building to hang resections from. With this project … Continue reading

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On Parafoil kites- the pure form

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I have been a fan of these for years, I still have the Premier 7.5 and it flies well up to Bft 3, beyond that it might as well be a paper bag in the wind, it flops all over … Continue reading

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More fun with the Didakites Explorer & IKAR Fotokite

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I flew the Explorer and Fotokite today in about 3-4mph. they exhibited their charcatistics well in a light wind, the Explorer keeping position well but developing very little lift and the Fotokite pulling hard and weaving about. Neither kite produced … Continue reading

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Didakites Explorer vs IKAR Fotokite vs Sutton Flowform

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In looking at replacements for the Sutton Flowform 30 I now have 2 ‘off the shelf’ candidates. The Didakites Explorer 2.7 supplied by KAPshop and a Fotokite 180 from IKAR of Poland. The Fotokite 180 is a fairly powerful kite … Continue reading

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First impressions: Didakites Explorer 2.7 vs Sutton Flowform 30

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At last my parcel form KAPshop arrived and I was keen to see how this new flowform by Ivo van Olmen compares to the Becotized Sutton FF30. These kites bear the name of their designers so I feel confident in … Continue reading

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The aerial view: how did we get here?

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Waiting for a recent flight I found myself pondering on the sheer magic of flight. The daily workings of the airport are something of a miracle of human ingenuity, turning around one of the worlds thousand or so 100 tonne … Continue reading

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