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Why KAP is different to SUA photography

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Positioning a camera by kite is a straight forward affair. You can either get over your subject or you can’t. The camera lies on the path between you and the kite and although catenary or slack line comes into play … Continue reading

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Royston Kite Festival 2016

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On request from the radio team at IWM Duxford I turned up equipped to fly a 40m short wave antenna.This is our radio station with the yellow antenna wire on the floor after running the radio for a couple of … Continue reading

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The Red Hot 20

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First flights are encouraging and the Red Hot 20 lifts 300g in Bft 2 reliably. Measured up it looks a lot like other foils but the key differences are in the fabric and the chord profile: The plan reveals a … Continue reading

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Testing times

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Peter Blackmore and I are looking at the ‘soft’ kite options including modification of existing designs. There are occasions when soft kites have a clear advantage in deployment, they pack small and are not fragile in the way sparred kites … Continue reading

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KAPfoil 1.6 in Bft3

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I have been kindly lent an HQ example of Ralf Beutnagel‘s KAPfoil1.6 by Peter Blackmore and flew it today in a light South Easterly. For comparison I flew it alongside the Becotised Ultrafoil 15, this would be well short of … Continue reading

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Becotised ITW Ultrafoil 15: Summary

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ITW Ultafoil 15:  summary of modifications for improved Bft 5 stability Bridle length increased to 3.8m Centre bridle line reduced by 1cm Tail increased to 8.5m Vent through put increased by 200% Keel vents added The modifications of the kite … Continue reading

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Stock /Becotised ITW Ultrafoil 15 fly off

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I have the loan of an un-modified ‘stock’ Ufoil15. Here it is flying alongside the Becotised version. The lateral movement of the stock kite is clearly visible as is the effect of the modified kite. Lighting conditions were poor but … Continue reading

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Becotised Ultrafoil 15. Good kite, happy man.

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The last one of these I did was for the HQ Flowform2.0 which uses a much heavier grade of fabric. For the Ufoil which I think is 31g/m Icarex I used a No.60 needle and a fine  polyester thread. Tulle … Continue reading

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Ultrafoil 15 mods for stability part 3

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Into the Wind, suppliers of the Ultrafoil describe the kite thus: “ITW UltraFoil 15 Kite Ray and Jeanne Merry update the Flowform With its uniquely vented design, the UltraFoil 15 has a very wide wind range. In light winds, its … Continue reading

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Ultrafoil 15 mods for stability part 2

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It occurred to me Ray Merry has a design signature: the meshed slot is a nice detail on the original Flexifoil and he has used a similar feature on the Ultrafoil. It’s a neat way of getting air into the … Continue reading

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