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Flying Techniques 6

Flying Techniques (series 6)
17. Slow Motion Spins

Flight Legend:

Center point, slow motion spins can be produced by changing the speed and timing of facet turns. First, facet turn through 360 degrees at 90 degree intervals with a one or two second hover at each facet point (90,190,270,and 360 degrees). Now, with practice, you can shorten the pause at each of the four points, and slow down the turn rate between points thus producing a slow, smooth, continuous spin. The key is to visualize the four hover points even though you don?t hover any more. This will allow you to stabilize the spin. (credit: Alan Nagao, High Performance Kites, Hawaii)

18. Spin and Climb

The REVOLUTION can actually climb and increase altitude during a spin by increasing the lift on an individual wing at the appropriate time. For example, as the kite flies straight up, pull sharply back on the right wing causing it to climb above the left wing. Now,during a clockwise spin, as the left wing climbs through the 270 degree point , pull sharply on the left control handle causing this wing to accelerate and climb upward during this part of the spin. As it rotates through the 360 degree point, extend the left handle back out in front of you to the normal flying position. Now, each time the left wing rotates into climbing position, repeat the pull (270 degrees) and release (360 degrees) sequence. Since you pull once per rotation, this is known as the single pull, spin and climb method.

For the double pull, you need to realize that one wing is flying forward (thumb rotated back), while the other is flying in reverse (thumb rotated forward). For the double pull method (c.w. spin), as the forward wing climbs through the 270 degree point, accelerate by pulling that handle while maintaining thumb back. Re-extend arm as the left wing rotates through the 360 degree point.

Now, continuing the spin as the reverse wing rotates through the 270 degree point, pull sharply on that handle while maintaining forward thumb pressure. Again, re-extend the arm outward as the climbing wing rotates through the 360 degree point. With practice, your timing will become smooth and accurate, and the "pull and extend" sequence will resemble a circular pumping action. Practice hand motion while visualizing kite rotation. This method can also be used to maintain altitude during slow motion spins.

19. The Float

This is a technique used extensively in low wind conditions, and, is in fact, the key to light wind and no wind flying. It?s also used to regain lost ground from running back. The concept is to pull back on one handle so far that the wing is flying layed out flat and almost parallel to the ground similar to a plane or bird in normal flight. Start by flying across to the side as in exercise #2. Now, pull back-on the top wing, and push out on the bottom wing. Remember, as in all slide manuvers you must maintain forward, directed flight with proper wrist rotation. A common mistake is to apply a reverse control as you pull the control handle back. So to keep the kite king forward, keep both thumbs rotated back as you lay the kite out and float it. The body position is similar to shooting a bow and arrow. For example, left hand back to left ear, right foot forward, right hand fully extended out, and body facing in opposite direction to forward flight. For light wind conditions, keep the kite moving forward at all times since the wing speed is necessary to generate lift.

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