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Anti-NoseDive (was Surface area / projected area questions)

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  • Mel
    ... actual ... distribution ... up, ... Ken s comments suggest that the quarters may be even more effective in the back of the TIP rib bladders. Mel
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 6, 2001
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      <dixon76710@...> wrote:

      > > > Playing around once a few quarters in the ends of the struts
      > > > seemed to cause the AR5 to also roll back and repower.
      > If I recall 2 in the middle and one in two other struts next to middle

      AND Ken Winner <kwinner@...> wrote:

      > Our testing shows that weight distribution is far more important than
      actual
      > weight. That is, you can make a kite lighter, but if the weight
      distribution
      > is wrong, it won't fly as well. An obvious example is this: Each Rhino has
      > two tip battens. The weight of those battens lowers the kite's center of
      > gravity, which makes the kite more stable -- less likely to nose over and
      > crash. Take that weight away and the center of gravity of the kite moves
      up,
      > thus making the kite more likely to nose over and crash.

      Ken's comments suggest that the quarters may be even more effective in the
      back of the TIP rib bladders.

      Mel
    • Hung Vu
      ... It s best to make a LIGHTER kite with the RIGHT weight distribution. The inflatable is already too heavy, adding more weight to fix the weight distribution
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 6, 2001
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        > AND Ken Winner <kwinner@...> wrote:
        >
        > > Our testing shows that weight distribution is far more important than
        > actual
        > > weight. That is, you can make a kite lighter, but if the weight
        > distribution
        > > is wrong, it won't fly as well. An obvious example is this: Each Rhino has
        > > two tip battens. The weight of those battens lowers the kite's center of
        > > gravity, which makes the kite more stable -- less likely to nose over and

        It's best to make a LIGHTER kite with the RIGHT weight distribution.

        The inflatable is already too heavy, adding more weight to fix the
        weight distribution problem is the wrong approach.

        Hung.
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