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PostHeaderIcon Four Common Stunt Kite Flight Problems

The stunt kite flight behavior can be erratic and for the novice pilot they may seem too difficult to resolve. Here is a list of four of the problems you may run into while learning to pilot your new stunt kite. These minor problems happen to all of us and with a little experience will help you avoid them. This way they will not seem like major problems.

The Stunt Kite Flight is Not as Expected

This is one of the common things that beginners encounter. If you happen to notice that your kite is behaving peculiarly, then you should do an overall check on it. If it is the first time you tried to launched it, make sure that you assembled it properly. Most kite kits include an easy to follow instructions; therefore, it is best that you read it once again just to make sure. Make sure that the bridle lines of the kite are not wrapped around any spars. After that, check the bridle setting, if it is correctly established.
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The Kite Turns or Dives into the Ground Just After Liftoff

This thing happens usually when there is something wrong with the lines, in terms of its positioning. Make sure that the right line goes to the right side of the stunt kite while the left line on its left side. The flying lines of your kite should have the same length. If one of the lines is longer than the other line, the kite will always have a tendency to turn towards the side with the longer line. You can also check if the bridle settings are the same, in this kind of situation. Make sure to do these things so that your kite will no longer dive, and instead soar high when you lift it off.

Your Kite Flies Too Slow or Too Fast

One thing that you should always keep in mind is that control lines can have a significant effect on your stunt kites’ flying performance. If your kite has a short line, it will be more responsive, but it will go faster as well. With a longer line, the kite will fly slower, giving you time to respond and make adjustments, but it can also become more sluggish. If you want your kite to have better maneuverability, then you should adjust your lines accordingly.

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Twisted or Tangled Control Lines

This is usually caused by unwinding lines off the reel or handle at the opposite direction where they were supposed to be wound on. Therefore, it is best to avoid it, which is by making sure that when you first start to unwind the lines; they are coming off from the reel untwisted.

These are the common problems the beginner may run into while learning to fly a stunt kite. It’s best to have a companion with you when you are going through the learning process and practicing flying your kite. It is always easier to solve problems for the novice kite pilot when you have someone to help spot the problems you will run into during the learning process.