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Night Flying the Rokkaku

The darkness was about to set and the wind was blowing. What better to do than to see if the Kite Light v.2 was up to it?
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So with all the stuff required for the test flight sitting nicely in the back of my car, I jumped into it and after another five or six minutes, I parked it at the side of the road a hundred meters or so from my chosen flying spot. A tiny beachy place called Vårli stranda, Vårli beach. At this beach, there is a little jetty sticking some 20 meters out into the water, the perfect place to fly today!

So I grabbed the rucksack, the SLK-kite To-Go bag and the line reel and headed for the jetty. I found myself a nice little place behind some rocks that kept me sheltered from the wind, put the gear down and waited for the night to grow a little darker. You know, the summer nights here up in my neck of the woods are looooong and light!

Well, I guess I could rig the kite while waiting and so I did. Soon everything was good to go, and I was too impatient to wait any longer. I got the kite – without the lights – u in the air, trimmed it so it flew nice and stable, shot some video, and finally it was dark enough to get some impressions of the light illuminating the kite up there. All right, let’s Rok and roll!

I attached the upper part of the kite light to the tow point of the kite and its lower part to the flying line itself. Now all that was left to do was to hit the lights and fly the kite!

The wind was nice and stable coming in from the sea and more than enough to lift both the line and the kite light. Soon the kite was sitting stable 30 meters, give or take, up there, and while the night slowly but surely grew darker, the uplit kite really stood out in the darkness up there! Now, this was looking really good! The wind was much stronger than the last time; thus keeping the light steadily in place rather than swaying back and forth!

And this is what it all looked like!

Unfortunately, the wind died down before it got really dark, but as you can see from the video, this kite light works just fine. I’m looking forward to flying it on a pitch-black night because that I’m sure will look awesome! So stay tuned to see it happen … sometime soon!

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