Exactly (and thanks for the reply). We now know how to avoid having inverted kites, because there was enough curiosity to ask the right questions...EricHertsens wrote:
I have spend lots time studying most SLE and Bow type kites on our Cabarete waters, my observations are.
Most of the "older" bow and SLE designs invert because of to loose rear lines or sudden depower in strong gusty wind or turbulence from other kites. This is easily avoided by keeping a slight pressure on the steering lines by either a stopper ball or by hand by being conscious about it.
This inverting was one of the reasons that I initially was against this type of kite. However several of my colleagues plus myself have solved these problems. Today modern bow designs do not invert anymore. I honestly have to say that I never seen one of our kites invert in flight when properly rigged.
If people, and I wasn't talking about you, but the ones that seem more interested in defending their kite (which I to some extent can understand since we love out kites a lot) then getting info on how things happen. I am guessing for you designers it is also interesting to hear what (and how it) went wrong so you can improve the design.