A key skill when flying quads are upright and inverted slides. When you have that skill down, you’ll have much more fun flying. At least I think so and today I focused on this.
First the upright slide. I find it much easier than the inverted one. Launch the kite and fly it up to between 30 and 40%, stop and hover. I then try to stabilize the kite in that hover position before I start the slide. In good winds only subtle input is required.
When feeling comfortable I initiate the slide – let’s say to the left – by slightly move my right hand somewhat forwards while keeping my left hand still. This makes the kite angle the wind differently and when done correctly, the kite starts to slide to the left.
I focus on a steady speed and a straight line without wobbling. …and iy’s harder than it sounds! 😉
After sliding some distance I stop the slide by returning my right hand to a neutral position. The kite should now hover in the air. I change direction of the slide – now to the right – by slightly move my left hand forward while keeping my right one in a neutral position. The kites now starts sliding to the right.
I practice going in both directions many times still focusing on constant speed and straight lines.
Then there is the inverted slide. I’ve been struggling with this for a long time. I have had trouble both with keeping the kite steady in the starting position, an inverted hover and doing slides of somewhat quality.
But today I cracked it!
By working with my hands and handles in an “A-frame position” kind of “relaxing” on the line and being very alert to any changes to the wind adjusting the hover with minimal input.
Then I figured out a very easy (?) way to slide the kite!
From a stable inverted hover I just moved my left hand slightly forward and to the left and … VOILA! the kite started to slide ti the left!
The same but opposite (!) to slide to the right. I kept the left hand in a neutral position while moving my right one carefully forward and a little to the right. No worries, the kite slides to the right!
Just like in the video below!