Step 7: Flying the Kite

Check one of my other Instructables for how to launch and land your kite, and for general kite safety tips.

Be warned, though, this kite will not survive even a light shower of rain if it is in the air.

You may find that your kite tends to lean or fly over to one side in the air.

If the kite leans to the left, slide the knot along the bridle to the right. If it leans to the right, slide the knot to the left.

If sliding the knot does not cure the tilt, adjust the tails - cut or tear pieces of the tail. If the kite is going left, trim the left tail, and vice versa.

If you over-do it with the tail, you can trim the other side to match, but don't get carried away, just in case you run out of tail.

Emergency Kit

The kite has no financial value, but it's a pain if something goes wrong before you get a chance to enjoy it properly.

Take along a roll of tape and a pair of scissors when you fly it. Small rips can then be patched quickly, and tails can be re-attached without fuss (especially if you got carried away with the adjustments). You may want to take along a spare page or two as well, just in case.

If you are planning to fly the kite again, and you get is just right, wrap a piece of tape around the knot on the bridle to hold it in place, to save you needing to re-adjust it next time you fly.

Storage and transport

Assuming you want to fly the kite somewhere other than where you made it, you will need to make it more convenient to carry.

Gently roll the sail up around the longerons, then wrap the tails around the sail, then wrap the bridle around the whole thing. Lay it gently (complete with string) in the bottom of a carrier bag and roll up the carrier bag. Done.
<p>I made this kite about a year ago, with some personal modifications to use glue instead of tape.</p><p>The tails, I spiral cut out of two full broadsheets of newspaper laid over top of each other so they'd be even.</p><p>Using cotton line, I ended up with a kite that I wouldn't feel too badly about if it got away from me and crashed into the bay.</p><p>I flew it in a fresh breeze though and it never did get away from me. Amazing how strong dry newspaper can be. Great, steady flyer. In fact, the steadiest sled I've ever made. Going to use it in a kite making class in a couple months if that's alright.</p>
<p>Of course it's all right!</p><p>Post some pictures of your class' kites flying when you're done.</p>
You look quite different then what I had expected. Nice kite anyway, but I'm interested in war kites, and overly fancy, big kites.
So, random question that I'm sure I've seen answered before.<br /> <br /> What kind of science do you teach? lol<br /> <br /> Another nice recycling job. Good kite. :)<br />
At the moment, I teach all branches - I will probably end up specialising more in the next year or so, though.<br /> <br /> <br />
Whoa, never thought I'd see a kite made out of newspaper fly. That's really cool man, awesome job!
Thankyou, my small-cake-based friend, but most flat light materials will nake a kite, as long as you choose a design that allows for their strengths or weaknesses. I once saw a kite made of an old cotton shirt, and I've made kites from sweet-wrappers and brush-bristles. I feel a theme coming on.
I've made a kite from a shirt before, but Brush-Bristles?! GOGOGO!
Welllllllllllll, he finally posted it! XD<br/><br/><sub>Yes that is a shameless bump</sub><br/><br/><sub><sup>For once I was not stalking...I just was revisiting old favorites! All concidence, I swear...<sub><sup></sup></sub></sup></sub><br/>
When I was in college the aerospace engineering department sponsored a kite flying contest. The winning kite was made by a couple of Chinese students. Five minutes before the contest started they made their kite out of napkins and straws from the cafeteria.
Haha! Awesome! -Shows that ingenuity always prevails!
The common what? :D
In Britain people can't go where they like but there are "commons", publicly available places.
Can't go where they like? How so?
Not sure, only been to britain a few times. It's quite some way from Sweden. I think it has to do with most of their land beeing privatly owned and landowners beeing very territorial about it. Something like that anyway. I was quite shocked when my mate told me we couldn't climb a fence because the farmer would shoot at us.
Ah, yes. It's the same in certain areas of the States.
In days of yore, almost the whole country was open access. The only bits you were banned from were <em>forests</em> - not necessarily heavily wooded, they were royal hunting grounds.<br/><br/>Later, there were the acts of <em>enclosure</em>. Rich folk put fences around huge lumps of land and said <em>&quot;Mine, get off, poor people!&quot;</em>. The bits left over were <em>common land</em> - owned by nobody in particular, used by anybody.<br/><br/>The term is also used in some of the older universities - <em>the commons</em> is an indoor area where anybody (rather than just professors etc) is allowed to hang around and socialise.<br/>
Eeewww! That's like some twisted form of apartheid. Mind you, we've probably got somethings similar in our history. Just goes to prove things were'nt always better before.
It's a large part of what makes us British - the origins of the class system.
So <em>that's</em> what the commons are!<br/>
Ah, so thats what you look like:-)

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