Beautifully detailed with strengthening on all the right places, not a loose thread to be seen!
The Rokkaku moves gently and the camera operator was thrilled with the view from above. Easy on the arm but lifts 800g easily in 7 mph. The first flight was over the Denver Complex:
That’s Wissington sugar refinery in the distance:I’m not used to flying framed kites as I have always held the view ‘a kite without spars has one less failure mode to worry about’ but after some really excellent results with Clive Hollins’ 3m Rok I decided to get one of my own..at a less macho 2.4m! It’s going to take a while to get used to the different flying angle and pull characteristics but its first flight was glorious…a smooth and steady sky hook indeed.
The wind speed rating is something I’m feeling my way into too: It flies at 4mph and lifts an 800g rig at 7.
At 11mph I found the pull of the kite to begin to get a bit serious and I gently wound it back to the ground rather than risk a snapped spar. I need to learn a lot more about ‘Skyshark 8P’ before I’m prepared to fly it in Bft4!
With thanks to Mike Jones and Richard Blake.