…just a tad too light on the lines and doesn’t have the right oomph when powered up.
You know, when you do a sharp tug, like when taking off, I like the kite to kind of “grip” the air and accelerate while “sending” significant feedback back to the front lines. Actually, the same goes for quick and powerful accelerations wherever the kite happens to be in the wind window. Currently I feel the Ghost is lacking somewhat in this department.
The kite feels very light on the lines and it won’t fly as fast as I like it to.
So…. what could be wrong?
That was what I was after when I went flying this weekend … and I had a suspicion… the leading edge!
My original plan was to frame the leading edge using SkyShark P90 all around, but no matter where I looked, I could find one P90 rod only. Hmmm… Over to Plan B then.
Being a SUL, I off course opted for light rods and finally it all boiled down to two tapered SkyShark 2PTs, definetly light enough to keep the kite a SUL.
…and it does fine in almost any aspect of flying except from the acceleration. My suspicion is that (especially) the 2PTs are too stiff for the leading edge. The 2PTs are also tapered which adds stiffness. I can see the LE isn’t flexing much when I give the front line that really sharp tug. The LE stays pretty straight no matter how hard I pull.
I think this rigid LE prevents the required flex to ensure the kite “grips” the air when accelerating. You can check out the video below and probably see what I mean.
I also checked out other videos of SUL quad lined kites, like the prototype Djinndoor by Kiteforge and also Anders’ and Farid’s videos from the weekend. If I’m not mistaking, all kites in these videos seem to have a more flexible LE than my Ghost, so naturally I have done a quick modification and replaced the stiff LE with a more flexible one.
Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out yet, but it’s sitting in my car ready to fly as soon as the occasion emerges.
So stay tuned for an update anytime soon! 🤙