5596[ksurf] Re: Kite size / weight ratio
- Oct 2, 1999
>Hi, Dave, I am one of those lurkers and as an engineer I enjoy yourAbsolutely! Oh, kites don't have use for upward motion, per se. What
>posts, however, I do not feel I have much to add on top of your long
>experience and sound analysis.
>I also mess around with radio control sailplanes and I have an
>appreciation of the 3-D wind picture which most sailors don't. It is
>amazing how many lulls on the water are actually the leward side and
>bottom of a thermal. This is significant for kite surfers, can you use
>the upward velocity?
we *do* have use for, just like a racing sailplane, is being able to
"dive" the kite, down into it's apparent wind, without actually
losing altitude. This is a major plus, if and when possible. I'd bet
most kiteflyers cannot tell the difference between a small thermal
and an ordinary gust. The difference is great, of course, in that
thermals can be predicted from visual clues (clouds), while gusts
>Please do. Perhaps off-list, if you will, so as not to offend anyone
>FYO there are several small telemetry devices available to measure air
>speed on RC aircraft. Should be light and small enough to put on a kite
>to measure on kite wind velocity. I don't know about water proof though.
>I will e-mail you specific vendors if you are interested.
wiht the extra bandwidth: dave@... Thanks!
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