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Kite management

The kite is controlled in the same way as an airplane – by giving the wing one degree or another roll. As reference points for determining the side of the roll, the attachment points of the slings related to the right or left hand of the rider are always taken. You need to understand that no matter what position the kite is in, the attachment points of the lines on it will not change – the red line will always be left and the blue line right. Accordingly, the red sling should be held in the left hand, and the blue in the right. Same with the ends of the control knob. The red end of the pen is in the left hand, the blue is in the right.

Thus, to give the kite the right roll, you need to pull the right (blue) line. To give the left roll, you need to pull the left (red) sling. Accordingly, when pulling the right sling, the kite will fly to the rider’s right hand, and when pulling the left, to the left.

We should not forget what was said above – the kite flies all the time, that is, moves relative to the wind and the earth. Therefore:

– when the rider is motionless on the ground, the wing of the kite moves with the leading edge forward, always in the direction where the leading edge is looking. If the leading edge looks to the right, the kite flies to the right. But the finite length of the line makes it move in a circle, so the kite tends to the right edge of the wind window, where it loses speed and, accordingly, traction.

– when a rider moves on a board or ski, the hemisphere of the wind window moves with it, so the kite in flight cannot reach the edge of the wind window running away from it, and all the time flies parallel to the ground, carrying the rider with it.

For proper control of the kite, it is necessary to present it not as an umbrella, which the rider holds by the handle, but as a continuously flying and unable to stop the plane to which the rider is tied by a sling. Only directing the plane in the right direction and not giving him the opportunity to stop, you can use its traction for movement.

It should be remembered that it is the flight of the kite, its movement, creates traction. If the kite is motionless relative to the ground, it either does not create traction (as on the edge of the wind window, or falls, since the motionless wing has no lifting force and cannot stay in the air.

Kite control is carried out, like an airplane, by setting the roll in one direction or another. If you pull the loop, sling or kite handle located in the right hand (it is indicated in blue), then the kite will fly to the rider’s right shoulder. If you pull the left line (marked in red), the kite will fly to the left shoulder.
Kite management
At the same time, if the roll remains, if you do not have time to release the end of the handle, then the kite will describe the circle all the time or will reach the ground and collapse with the leading edge forward. Thus, uniform traction cannot be achieved. To obtain uniform traction, it is necessary to direct the kite with the leading edge in the desired direction and remove the roll (release the sling). Then the kite will fly in the direction of the leading edge and pull the rider with it.

If the rider stands motionless on the ground, then the kite, moving, for example, on the right shoulder of the rider, will reach the right edge of the wind window, lose speed and slow down.

If the rider is standing on a board or skiing, then the kite, heading for the rider’s right shoulder, will pull to the right. The rider will begin to move to the right, behind the flying kite. At the same time, the kite will not be able to reach the edge of the wind window, since it will run away from it, moving along with the rider’s movement. The kite will always fly in the right direction and pull the rider behind him, like an airplane on a rope.

To move in the opposite direction, it is necessary to give the kite a left roll, and when it turns the front edge to the left, it is necessary to remove the roll and give the kite the opportunity to move parallel to the ground, carrying along the rider.

It should be remembered that if you pull one line, for example the right one, the kite will roll on one side and begin to describe the circle. The stronger the line is pulled, the smaller the radius described by the kite will have a circle. If you pull the sling slightly, then the radius of the circle will be large, and the cutter will chat less in the wind window, but more likely to bang its front edge on the ground.

As long as the kite maintains a roll (until you release the end of the handle or the corresponding loop), the kite will move in a circle inside the wind window. On his own, he does not equalize his position. If you let go of the steering wheel in a car after a turn, it will gradually come to its center position. But it won’t work out with a kite. As far as you pulled the handle to drive the kite into the loop, so you have to return the handle to pull the kite out of the loop. In practice, after pulling one end of the handle, you have to pull the other slightly to compensate for the initial movement of the kite.

Only a completely straight (uniform) position of both lines of the kite allows it to move smoothly, with the leading edge forward. But in reality this cannot be verified up to a millimeter, so the kite always moves with wide arcs and you need to control it all the time, correcting it with small movements.

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