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Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Postby PullStrings » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:41 am

podiatanapraia wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:51 pm
And this is what happens when an instructor DOESN'T teach his students the importance of proper launch procedure.
One of the most important launch procedure is that when you grab your bar from the ground...flip it 180 from wrong way to correct way...before hooking in

In this case the helper flips the kite up going counter clockwise to hold it up and assist launch
Make sure to do the same with bar by going 180 counter clockwise also to match kite
I strongly suspect that in his rushing to go out and excitement this kiter/pilot forgot to do so....and that's why the launch failed miserably...kite swinging hard left

Besides look at his body language while holding his bar with death grip near the ends....i bet he had also fear in his eyes
It is a position that shows a lack of control....confidence....and experience of the always present dangers in such 10 sqm weather wind
There is zero reason to lose ground position at launch... in this case both feet side by side a bit squatting and skipping was bad form.. you must plant yourself steady and stable
Better is a bit of a side position with left front leg forward slightly bent bracing and right back leg bent more....only left hand on bar...only right hand on quick release

Be safe....because you want to kite again tomorrow

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Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Postby matt-0 kite » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:30 am

... and because you hopefully don't want to take out an innocent bystander either.

Saw it happen just the other day, a close call in a crowded launch spot-- kite backstalled on launch, very nearly knocking over a baby in a stroller along with the parents sitting beside. Bad choice of launch location- insufficient communication between kiter and helper-- lack of awareness of the space around.

I dove for the kite and secured it before it took off again, and afterward the girl told me that she had no idea there was a baby right there (it was 3-4 metres downwind of her kite when she launched).

That final, unrushed 360 check of surroundings before launching... easily forgotten when people are a bit nervous (tunnel vision/target fixation), or too eager. See from 5:15





And when they are overconfident.
There is zero reason to lose ground position at launch...
I almost agree with PullStrings. I'll give people the benefit of the doubt, though :) and say that 99.9 percent, not 100% of launch accidents are preventable and traceable to one or more specific failures of action or uncompleted checks during the launch procedure.

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Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Postby grigorib » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:34 am

Small Turhines are so punchy in gusty winds, you just can’t depower them enough to compensate that jerking pull. You do lose ground easily

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Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Postby PullStrings » Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:49 pm

matt-0 kite wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:30 am
afterward the girl told me that she had no idea there was a baby right there (it was 3-4 metres downwind of her kite when she launched).
when people are a bit nervous (tunnel vision/target fixation), or too eager.
Good point and beyond tunnel vision how about just vision in itself !!
Close to an average of 30% of the world population is myopic/ nearsighted and it is supposed to increase to half of population by 2050
So how do you know if the person you are assisting to launch can see clearly 80ft + away ?
20/20 vision is ideal in each eye but some aren't even close to that
Many will have 20/100 vision or worse...that means that someone with 20/20 vision can see clearly at 100 feet what the 20/100 can only see the same at 20 feet !! Alarming
Many kiters wear contacts or had refractive surgery but some people go kiting with uncorrected vision !!
Add to this older eyes with the start of cataracts which increases disabling glare from the sun
Add to this a lower angle sunlight in the eyes at launch for the kiter being assisted that has bad vision and no polarized sunglasses to begin with !!
The kiter can have bad distance vision...the assistant can have bad distance vision...and worse yet...when they both do !!
So go get your eyes checked
Make your eyesight as good as possible for your safety and others


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