Miniature Kite

General Rules for Successful Small Kites

  1. Aim for symmetry about the vertical axis in: area, angles of the sail, weight, flexibility
  2. Use the lightest materials available
  3. Use no more material than necessary
  4. Try to curve the spars to create dihedral, and to curve the nose back away from the flyer
  5. A single-point bridle is easier to install and adjust than a multi-point bridle.
  6. Moving the bridle point can sometimes make the kite fly better
  7. A tail can provide stability as well as improve appearance. It is especially helpful when the kite is heavy for its area and relatively flat.
  8. A small kite needs only a small flying line, but the line should be visible to the flyer and observers.
  9. If using a flying rod - usually two to four feet long - to fly your small kite indoors, the flying line should be shorter than the flying rod to maintain good control.
  10. Keep it light.

Charlie Sotich

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