While I assume some kite shapes produce more or less hang time than other kite shapes am I correct in thinking that hang time is basically a function of kite size? In other words from the same altitude with the same design kites will a 12m kite have a longer hang time than a 10m kite? Or 17m versus 15m etc.
But also perhaps if you can jump higher with the smaller kite than the larger one then could the additional height offset the smaller kite size? Of course I am not talking about the super massive KOA jumps but the difference in a few meters that us normal humans manage.
At my normal spot I often find myself being able to use a smaller kite full powered or a full depowered next larger size up.. I have always assumed that particularly for airstyle I was better off on the larger kite but am I missing anything?
But glide ratio is independent of time it takes to reach the ground isn't it. Doesnt a glider take the same amount of time to reach the ground regardless of glide ratio. One glider will simply go farther horizontally for the same vertical drop or I am totally mixed up?
i used to think the same as you thought it was just projected area but it really isnt. The friendly guys on kiteforum eventually straightened me out. it's important to have a kite with an efficient glide ratio if you want more hangtime.
Ive noticed in a few clips from last year that you can potentially get more hangtime with a c kite with heli loops. Maybe it can also be done with a higher aspect kite but i havent seen it yet. as far as a straight basic jump a higher aspect for sure has more hang time.