Well it is time for another update on the Pansh A15 12m.
A couple days ago we had some wind so I went to my local park to fly the kite and do some landboarding with it.
Right now, a normal bar is attached to the kite as I'm re-working my 2:1 bar. The normal bar does work, but I think I prefer the 2:1...we'll see after I get it back on the kite. But I was able to fly just fine with the normal bar in about 5-8kts of wind. But in order to turn, I'd sheet in a lot since the steering lines where usually very slack.
Got a crash course in untangling the bridles, as at one point the kite turned into a taco and twisted around a bit. "oh man...." I thought, "I have no freaking clue how these bridles are supposed to look". But I knew there were porked up, as the kite didn't fly and they didn't look right. Spent some time looking at everything and was able to untangle them. Since then, I've watched some videos and now understand the mixer and bridles much better, very cool stuff being able to control the camber. If I wanted I could TOTALLY customize the airfoil shape (camber, twist, ect) just by adjusting bridles. That is very cool. But I will leave it all alone for now, as the kite works just fine. I do plan on doing a mixer test and recording all the various lengths of all bridles, as a reference. Pansh doesn't have this info on their site, or else I can't find it.
After static flying for a bit, I decided it was finally time to hop on the landboard. First few attempts to go where a total fail, partly due to low wind and mostly due to my bad flying skills. But then things clicked (the big "click" is you gotta be mentally ahead of the kite, just responds slower than my LEI but then again the wind was so low they'd never be flying in the first place ! Also DO NOT CHOKE THE KITE ! Less sheeting = goodness for a foil). I started rolling around and moving the kite around the window; the backstall trick is really cool as it lets me put the kite deep into the window. Did not try a downloop for power or to get going, still a bit scared of the depower abilities with this normal bar. For sure will try it once the 2:1 bar is back in business.
Was having a lot of fun until a very unfortunate event occurred. Someone from the parks dept. came out and informed me I could not landboard on the field. Said it was OK for me to fly the kite, but not be mobile with it on the board. This field is pretty big, and there was literally no one around. No idea why they even care, but I guess I gotta go talk to the head of the parks dept. and figure it out. Hopefully I won't lose access to this field as it is the only one close to me that works. If anyone has any advice on dealing with this type of issue I am all ears. The reason given to me for not being able to use the board was "it takes up to much space". Makes no sense, big field + zero people. I've used this field for years. If there is other folk using it I give them a wide berth or just leave the kite in the car and go skateboarding. The official didn't wanna hear any of this.
Anyway, it is windy today so I may try the Pansh on the water with my hydrofoil board (Slingshot H4 wing). I've never used a hydrofoil board with a kite so probably wiser to go out with my normal LEI kites...but if they won't fly due to wind then Mr. Pansh (who was bought for this purpose) will get a go. Quick question: can I self-launch by putting some sand on the trailing edge of the kite? Or is that not a wise thing to do? I don't think a stake is an option at this spot, it won't hold. is there another way to self-launch? None of my normal LEI options seem to apply to a foil kite !