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Extreme Experimenting, This one Actually Flies!

What luck! The day after unbagging the extreme wind quad kite, the wind picked up dramatically. My schedule allowed me an hour or so flying!
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June 3rd - June 6th
May 30th - June 5th
Days to go!
...and we're off!

So I drove to the beach and, yes, the wind was onshore, somewhat bumpy and averaging 10-11m/sec (23-25mph). Perfect conditions to see if this bugger will fly!

Windy... Perfect!
Windy… Perfect!

So after some fiddling, I had the kite assembled and attached to the 10m (30ft) lineset with the handles staked to the ground. I immediately spotted a couple of too long bridle legs which I took care of before launch.

Is that a kite?
Is that a kite?

…and YES?, the kite took off and … flew!

I did a bit of bridle tuning – tons of brake by the way – and after a while the kite felt kind of comfortable and controllable up there in the blasting winds!

Does it fly like a normal quad?

No, not quite so. But more than good enough to have fun in the storm!

…and I have a few ideas on how to improve the flying characteristics, that I will share in due time. One of those tweaks I hope will make it possible to hover the kite in an inversed position.

Here’s a quick video from the initial flight!

This actually works! ??

So stay tuned for more updates when the storm hits again!

see you there!

June 3rd - June 6th
May 30th - June 5th
Days to go!
...and we're off!
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