Latest Pilot tips (9 Sept 2002):
- The Pilot is insensitive to bridle changes (small changes have little or
- You can decrease the power by pulling in the second bridle.
- If the kite pulls to the right, There are three options for fixing this:
- Shorten the left hand, second bridle. This depowers the left hand side
of the kite, stopping it from "overtaking" the right hand side.
- Lengthen the right hand, second bridle. This powers up the right hand
side, stopping it from being overtaken by the left.
- Shorten the left hand, bottom bridle by a lot, maybe a hand span. This
acts as a brake on the left hand side, but works poorly.
- Production Pilots now have a fourth bridle to the leading edge. This helps
- Production pilots now have the rear bridle extended by about 100mm.
- If the kite is too stable (super-stable), then pull in the second bridle a
little to increase lift and make it slightly unstable. Super-stability is the
problem where a kite flies rock solid but slowly leans over to one side thill
it reaches the ground at the edge of the window. Most kites need a little
osscilation in their flight to be able to correct any leaning.
- The seam allowance can be inferred by reading the plan carefuly.
- Experience shows that beautifuly built pilots made from expensive fabric,
either fly poorly or are quickly lost. Kites thrown together from scrap fly