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 enough steady lift for KAP. The Fotokite failed first as the wind dropped in lull:I thought I’d see what happens if I dropped 2 of the Explorers keels as a weight saving: it flew but tended to fold up- not a good mod!My test field is shared with some great kites: I refitted the bridle on the explorer and as the wind picked up again I watched the Fotokite do its thing.A typical weaving move from the Fotokite and some rocking from the Explorer, you can see just how much sky the Fotokite likes to move around in!
In the end it was the CiM lifter that lofted the rig on a huge amount of light line:
I think it will be a case of finding the wind speed that suits the Explorer best and geting a ‘Y’ line for the drogue to calm the rocking: it looks like Bft 4 for it to me, the Fotokite is fun but it’s not really flexible ( it has a very narrow wind range) or stable enough for me to KAP with!