Flight control was Re: Nearly killed my new 10m X2 and myself
Thanks for the information. It is good that you kept your head and worked
things out for a good ending and with so little room downwind. I was
wondering if you gained much altitude when you reversed the kite against the
wind? It was a good tactic to get down to the water as quickly as possible
with the kite. Did you consider letting go of the control bar while you were
still airborne or did you want to see how you did relative to the house
before "pulling the plug?"
So, to try to summarize your approach if lofted and you have adequate room
downwind, is to keep your kite more or less motionless and wait for the gust
to ebb and drop you back into the water. If you come too close to a hard
object reverse your kite to accelerate you rate of fall and reduce your
forward velocity. I would think a strong alternative would be to just let go
of the control bar well before any hard objects to reduce the chance of last
minute errors or renewed gusts.
You make a good point, to practice higher jumps. At certain points an
extended lofting incident is similar to a higher/longer jump. By employing
similar control inputs you might be able to avoid a hard impact as you did.
Thanks again and congratulations on coming through uninjured,
-- In kitesurf@y..., "vide72au" <vide72au@y...> wrote:
>Rick, the main problem with my incident was that I had no room for error. Irule...
>was only probably 50-70 meters at most directly upwind from the house, with
>no beach in between.
>I had as much control as I would in any normal jump, and my main objective
>was to come down quickly. This is why I reversed the kite, but obviously it
>made me come down much quicker than I would have liked too. Ideally, you
>would have the room downwind so you could just keep the kite above your
>The fact that I was used to doing large jump transitions helped me dive the
>kite mid jump with out it luffing on me.
>The good thing about kites is that when a gust hits, if you don't move
>them, they naturally want to fly forward into the window, thereby
>dopowering the kite. This means that unless the wind is contstantly
>increasing, they are not going to stay up there for ever - especially if
>you are hanging of the front lines...
>Based upon this, I dont think that there is any hard and fast
>Ideally you don;t want to move the kite, because moving it creates dragstressed.
>which keeps it in the power. When you are not moving a kite, it is
>naturally trying to fly out of the window.
>In my case, I decided to fly my kite accross the window so that it wasnlt
>pulling me so much towards the house. This made me come down quicker - but
>I don't know if this is something I would do again or recommend. I think
>the best thing is to practice big jumps -so if it ever happens you will
>feel at home in the air!
>--- In kitesurf@y..., "Rick Iossi" <flkitesurfer@h...> wrote:
> > Hello David,
> > > I had one more question for you on your experience. You indicated
>that once > you were airborne and flying towards shore and the house,
> > > "I still had plenty of control in the air and didn't get too
>I > tried to fly my kite back in the other direction to take me away from_________________________________________________________________
>the > house (like a transition) and if I hadn't done this I would have
>travelled > much further."
> > > The rider that was lofted 250 m (822 ft.), horizontally in Cabarete a
>few > months ago also stated the he had good kite control after being
>lofted. I > guess this level of control shouldn't be a surprise as we do
>this all the > time, on a lesser scale, over the water on purpose. In his
>case he > maneuvered towards and hit a pine tree that probably saved his
>life > considering the high speed, 40 kts. plus, that he must have been
>traveling > at. In your case, you said that you reversed the direction of
>kite travel > that reduced the horizontal distance that you glided over.
>Did you gain > altitude much when you reversed the direction of kite
>travel? Do any other > ideas occur to you or anyone else for that matter,
>on other things or > maneuvers that you can do once lofted and are gliding
>to minimize the > downside of the experience? Some lofting incidents are
>relatively short so > reaction time is short to nil. In other cases you
>have seconds or in the > case of the Cabarete lofting perhaps as much as 15
>seconds in which to > react.
> > > Thanks,
> > Rick Iossi
> > > > >On 17/5/02 6:04 AM, "kitesurf@y..." <kitesurf@y...>
> > >wrote:
> > >
> > > > How far offshore were you when you were lofted?
> > >
> > >Not far enough - that was the main problem.
> > >
> > >We were just sailing out from a sand-spit (90 degrees from beach) and >
> > >even done one run to get upwind yet. When the squall hit, I was maybe
> > >70m upwind of the house on the shore. I got instantly teabagged, and
> > >probably travelled 50m downwind before I hit the water. Although I was
> > >launched completely involuntarily, I still had plenty of control in the
> > >and didn't get too stressed. I tried to fly my kite back in the other
> > >direction to take me away from the house (like a transition) and if I >
> > >done this I would have travelled much further.
> > >
> > >I think if I was 500m out to sea I would have been teabagged 2 or 3
> > >and then gotten my kite to the edge of the window and would have been
> > >(but way overpowered).
> > >
> > >The problem was that we couldn't see the squall coming because we were
> > >behind a breakwater. There was no change in the clouds etc. when it
> > >
> > >Anyway, all was cool, but without a safety there probably would have
> > >powerlines or something going down. And I am sure wes was wishing he
> > >quick release on his chicken loop. I got out of mine in the air.
> > >
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