A Guide to Kite Flying

By Darren Hong

 

As we approach the summer season, some of you may want to try picking up a new hobby. Kite flying may be the perfect activity for you!


First off, choosing the shape of your kite is key. Generally, beginners start with a delta or diamond kite, which look like triangles and diamonds respectively. They fly well in winds that range from 6 to 15 miles per hour. Additionally, kites with a single string are recommended, as they are easier to control. If the winds are strong, attach a tail to the kite, allowing it to balance.



Ideally, you want to fly your kite in a large open space, to avoid getting tangled with obstacles. If you’re flying with other people, make sure to let them know and create distance between each other. It is extremely important to never fly your kite in rain and lightning. This can be a serious safety hazard, as lightning will be attracted to your wet kite lines.

To fly your kite, you must face away from the wind. A part of the kite called a bridle is near the body of the kite, which you can hold until it catches wind. After the kite catches the wind, let out some line and pull. This points the kite up, and allows it to climb higher.



Hopefully, this guide has given you the basics in kite flying and expanded your aviation opportunities. Happy hiking!


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