A stunt kite will generate a substantial amount of pull when it reaches speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. With this capability, some of the maneuvers can be very exciting with the power generated at such speeds. Be aware that stunt kites can also cause accidents if the user has not enough knowledge to handle them. The flight characteristics need to be understood and by learning on how to fly one will give you an exceptional amount of pleasure.
As a beginner and in the market for your first stunt kite, one area of consideration is the length of its control lines. Look for control line length that is long enough for you to be able to control as a beginner. A key note to remember is that control lines that are longer will give you more time to respond in controlling the kite. If its length is shorter, you need fast response times which as a beginner you may not be ready for yet. The short control lines will make fast paced maneuvers that are very precise fast paced and will make the kite soar faster. In choosing the right length of a line for your kite depends on what you want and it’s a matter of how adventurous you are and how good your hand to eye coordination is.
It is also advisable that when flying your kite you need to have a helper. It is rare to have a perfect kite launch during the first try. The helper provides assistance to the kite pilot making it easier to learn. A helper gives a little lift to your kite to help it glide to the air. Of course you won’t always be successful; you will experience some trial and error before achieving the correct timing.
You need also to consider the place where you are going to fly your kite. Find for an open area that is far from power lines and trees. Never fly your kite during a thunderstorm to prevent some accidents. Never fly your kite over houses, people or animals. Make sure that you choose a site that is far from danger. A good stunt kite pilot always considers safety and hazard free flying sites.
Once you have successfully launched your kite up in the sky, the next step is on how to learn how to control it. Steering or maneuvering the kite needs the correct timing. It’s like a glider wherein you can steer from right to left. If you want your kite to go left, pull the left line otherwise pull the right line to steer your kite going right. Going left and right or going back and forth is simple first maneuver as a beginner. If you want to have it slow down, move towards your kite and if you want to make it soar or move faster, pull the handles at the same time and step backward. In landing, just steer your kites from left to right or right to left to the edge of the wind window. This will slow the kite and slowly drop to the ground for a landing.
Make sure that when you have achieved your goal in making your kite stay in the air, maintain attention and alertness. It is not necessary to show off yet like raising one hand. You might end up letting go of your kite and crash it. Practice first on basic flight then progress to stunts is the normal order or the piloting process.
Even a pro kite pilot will experience some problems in flying their stunt kites. There are some elements in flying kites that are uncontrollable. It is very common that line sometimes twist during flying. Not to worry, just reverse the turn back in the opposite direction to unwind the twist. So wrap the line three times in one direction then just unwind three times in the opposite direction. Remember that you cannot control the wind speed and controlling your kite sometimes is unpredictable.
Flying a stunt kite is not as just easy as you might think. It will require practice and some understanding of just how the wind window works. Proper training is very easy to come by many ways. Stunt kite flying lesions are available on free videos. You can also find some very good graphic presentation available on the internet.