Great video! I think the "light wind" technique might work best in my situation. This is what I was looking for - somebody who has actually laid the kite on its back to hot launch it. There is some risk of ripping the canopy if it snags on anything on the ground, but a soft bag containing just the right amount of stuffing/weight might do the trick.RedSky wrote: ↑Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:30 amYou're location sounds worse than mine with all the long grass and shrubs.
Inspired by your question however, I decided to go out and film a solution I got from watching an old Genetrix video. That video is no longer available on youtube unfortunately.
Conditions during filming were all or nothing, typical of inland flying. 0 - 20 knots. Anyway, hope it's of some use.
Anything's easy when you have the right accompanying music! As I've pointed out already, I don't have a smooth, short grass launch area. Laying out the lines & moving into launch position is a nightmare. Clever little gizmo from Flysurfer though.
A nice sandy beach would work fine - just push sand along the trailing edge to hold it down. My beach is a mix of sand & stones (& wood), so it's a bit less canopy friendly. It would be hard to make sure the tarp is secured before & after launching. In a hot launch the kite does pop up very readily though, so there's not too much abrasion during the actual launching process. As I said, the tricky part is getting the kite into a trailing edge forward position - it really doesn't want to go there!
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