- I'm a brand newbie, having just scored (not yet delivered) my first
kite, a PL 1120 (thanks largely to the
informative, robust debate on
arcs in this ng), which I'm teaching myself to
fly (blame it on stubborn Yankee self reliance!) in anticipation of
hitting the water in the spring, so forgive me if I ask a couple
obvious questions: Initial setup of kite: I've read that the kites must
have proper brake line tension to launch and fly properly, without
backing down. One post suggested setting up the rear lines at least 6"
longer than the front main lines (with the mains and the chicken loop
up against the bar and the depower strap fully extended) then using the
strap to adjust for sufficient brake tension. Is this about right? As a
first time flier, how should I determine these (absolute) line lengths
for initial launch? Simply by equalizing all line lengths once tension
is applied to bar (with strap all the way out?). I like the thought of
easing the kite up until I'm more familiar with it's flying
characteristics. Any pointers?
As I'll be testing out and familiarizing myself with the kite in light
winds, is there a preferred method of inflating the kite? In light
winds it doesn't seem like simply opening the velcro flap will be
enough, and I'm a bit mystified as to the "stand on one tip and hold
the other tip over your head.
Steering doublers (rings or pullys). In theory, these seem great to me,
and easy to set up as well. My question is, if this setup is
manifestly superior for flying larger kites (like the 1120), why don't
the manufacturers (in my case PL), ship the kites with this
configuration? Also, are rings and pullys equal in this instance?
Chicken loop. I understand the theory on these, but, obviously, am
totally inexperienced in their use. Am I doing myself any serious
disservice by skipping the chicken loop, at least for now?
Snap shackles: it seems like these are a must for emergency release
once in the harness or chicken loop. If I skip the chicken loop, for
now, do I need to install one on the main loop? My (windsurfing)
harness has a release on it, but I assume that that will not be
suffucient for kitesurfing.
NYC greenhorn sends thanks in advance for any and all responses.