So every time… well, almost every time I go flying, I will include a bit of intentional flying too. You know, practicing (and repeating) basic flight patterns.
Last weekend was no exception and here’s a little exercise for you … and me!
It’s really basic, but important nevertheless. All you have to do is make your kite fly straight up from the ground almost to the top of the wind window and then reverse down, but stop and hover for a sec three times both by flying upwards and downward.
Yes, that’s all there’s to it. Simple but not always easy when taking the key elements into consideration.
First the upward and downward trajectories should be perfectly vertical. All the stops should be distinct. When hovering, the kite should look like glued to the sky and the flying speed should be calm, cool and constant.
Lots of things to practice when flying, and repetition is a significant keyword in this context. Adviced by John Barresi, repeat without adjusting anything five times. Then go through each rep in your mind. Did the same faults occur several times? The more times the more pilot input is likely to be blamed.
Then pick one fault and do the adjustment you think would be required to remedy the fault and give it a go another five more times and see what happens.
Then continue with more adjustments and five more reps until you getting there … or close by!
Here’s a video of this exercise as carried out on Sunday. 👍