Kite problems

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mattydm
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Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:29 pm

Hi all, some help needed. I flew my 10m airush dna today in strong wind on shortened lines and had 2 problems, any advice much appreciated!

1 The kite would sometimes kink on the main strut so that is was slightly twisted, when in this way v powered up, seemed to do more when under load or strong gusts, mostly would shake out but couple of times seemed to get stuck like this and I had to release the safety. - any ideas why this would happen, main strut nnot inflated enough? Seemed fairly well pumped up...

2 The second time I pulled the safety the second safety also gave up on the leash so the kite was free to blow downwind! My wife was lucky in place to catch the kite but I don't know why this happened. I think the sleeve got pulled back during crash in the water but surely this shouldn't happen?

Many thanks in advance!
mattydm
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Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:57 am

Spoke to my instructor and got this figured out. Main strut needed more pressure but I am just putting a lot if pressure on the kite as I am heavy, 105kg.

Think the leesh is just too easy to knock so will change for a stiffer one.
eazyrider
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Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:28 pm

The DNAs do that, it's not the main strut it's the simple bridle system on them.

Was out on my gfs 6 m in 35/40mph and it kept doing it especially mid jump or when a gust hit, the only way to stop it is to pull the bar in and keep the power on but that goes against common sense lol...
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Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:30 pm

2 The second time I pulled the safety the second safety also gave up on the leash so the kite was free to blow downwind! My wife was lucky in place to catch the kite but I don't know why this happened. I think the sleeve got pulled back during crash in the water but surely this shouldn't happen?
This does happen sometimes, it can be down to a faulty or damaged leash - make sure that it doesn't release too easily, sometimes they are too loose. Could be pure accident and never happen again, if it does then maybe look at a different leash, probably best option. Did you check to see it was still connected when you operated the safety?
mattydm
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Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:48 am

I confess I didn't check the leash before pulling the safety! I've had it checked at a kite shop and the problem is the bungy is tired so when the cuff gets pulled back it doesn't spring back to the safe position.

Not something I was aware of so worth checking, changing the elastic is not a hard job but could save a lost kite!

Got my dna out the next day in the same conditions with much more pressure in the main strut and had much more success. It's all just a steep learning curve!
southseasailor
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Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:43 am

We live and learn:) My Kahoona 7.5mtr had the same problem, it would sort of 'pant' in higher winds if the strut pressure was too low. You need to avoid the leading edge straining against itself like that as it will tire the material. Quite a new kite will mean the Dacron material (that's the tube) will be nice and strong. Dacron that's old and exposed to UV becomes brittle, and can rupture easily. I have seen old tired Dacron, which can be torn like paper :shock:
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