Foilholio, you gonna play a kite designer? Actually very good question and especially so for Pulsion which airfoil thickness has been under some interest. A 15 airfoil thickness would be nice to know too - but I'd guess it is usual 18% (of the chord).foilholio wrote: I want you to measure them on the cell wall of the center cell. They are basically the longest points on 2 single axises. The % thing is just how airfoil thickness is usually notated, as a % of the cord length.
All big foil kites are slow, similar in that respect for sure. Very light weight helps when is kite climbing up and for lulls but more important is that kiter knows how to fly it. If experienced kiter has to struggle to keep kite in the air it is quite sad wind for kiting. Questionable if it is reasonable to judge kites from that basis.foilholio wrote: No I meant in the way it turns and seems to behave, it is similar.
This depends on your objectives. If you are seeking for lowest end , this is obviously useful for two reasons :
I don't know, or is the opposite true If wind is very low there is a risk it will go near zero and it is game over no matter what kind of kite it is. Of course it has some interest to push the limits, but it is not for great majority of kiters, including hydrofoilers.Regis-de-giens wrote: So IMO marginal wind flight ability allows you to either reduce your swimming risk
Nope no game over, only game over if wind never returns to relaunch or pilot is not skilled enough. The best approach for no wind is to land the kite TE down downwind ready for relaunch. Then kite really matters, one which doesn't take on water and can drain any it does. For this flysurfer is the market leader.kitexpert wrote: If wind is very low there is a risk it will go near zero and it is game over no matter what kind of kite it is
Of course you were on a LEI, your own design I am sure. 8-9knots is not a low wind, for this standard fabric foil kite can still drift with slack lines on waves, LEI only strutless can but not as well. The light wind flying range for the ultra light foil kites is really sub 3 knots. Not much traction is possible there. It really is about making 4 knots were good traction is possible better and kite doesn't fall in the water where sub 4knots relaunch is not possible.kitexpert wrote: I just had decent foil day with a LEI, no white water or other kiters. No difficulties to keep kite in the air, I guess it was about 8-9kn.
Seen it ...very low wind goes suddenly to near zero with Flysurfer...kite falls out of control...balls up.. twists... hourglass...big mess...nightmare...headachefoilholio wrote: ↑Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:07 amNope no game over, only game over if wind never returns to relaunch or pilot is not skilled enough.kitexpert wrote: If wind is very low there is a risk it will go near zero and it is game over no matter what kind of kite it is
The best approach for no wind is to land the kite TE down downwind ready for relaunch.
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