Re: 1120 (was "unknown")
- pluvious2002 <dcl@...> wrote:
> ... kite, a PL 1120 ...More accurate to say the back lines must have NO tension (well, nearly no
> 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"Seems about right to me. I recently changed my "ARC tips" to say 6". It
> 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?
previously said "equal", but the wedged 1120, & 840, and the new factory
wedged 840 seem to work better with at least 6".
> how should I determine these (absolute) line lengthsJust measure your leaders.
> for initial launch?
> I like the thought ofYes. To attain a slight amount of safety, go in VERY light winds at first
> easing the kite up until I'm more familiar with it's flying
> characteristics. Any pointers?
(5 knots should be enough), & grab the back leaders about 12 or 18" up from
the bar (tie a couple of knots for grip) so you've got LOTS of braking
ability. Make sure you're set up with a good depowering leash system (see
my group file folder, under "consumer model").
> As I'll be testing out and familiarizing myself with the kite in lightIt is. It just takes a little while. The kite will launch with only about
> 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
1/4 inflation, in steady winds, but when you're new I'd recommend waiting
for at least 1/2 to 2/3 full first.
> Steering doublers (rings or pullys). In theory, these seem great to me,Because you really don't need it. I'm quite light at about 63kg, so I'm
> 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
using my 1120 in pretty light winds (slower turning), yet the 30" free bar I
use gives plenty of turning response.
> Am I doing myself any seriousYes, at least for an ARC. They fly best with mainly front line tension
> disservice by skipping the chicken loop, at least for now?
(most of the load on the trim loop).
> Snap shackles: it seems like these are a must for emergency releaseMost will NOT release when you're in the main harness loop.
> once in the harness or chicken loop.
> If I skip the chicken loop, for"For now" if you skip the chicken loop, I'd suggest not even hooking into
> now, do I need to install one on the main loop?
the main loop.
> My (windsurfing)That is correct.
> harness has a release on it, but I assume that that will not be
> suffucient for kitesurfing.