|Combined Pumping &
Some promising AWE schemes require
both reeling and pumping kite line(s). Functionally separating while
system-integrating the two functions is desired.
The common sport fishing-rod shows how. The angler reels and dips the
pole as separate IO channels, flexibly controlling line length and high
transient forces on the line at the same time. The pole, in AWE use, is
a lever to work a pumping cycle. The reel resides at the lever fulcrum
or low-end, minimizing moving mass.
~Dave Santos Sept.
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- Yes. I developed such systems while working for Keith Stewart. The
really simple, just a double reel mounted on a control bar. Billy and
Roeseler actually marketed such a control bar with a motorcycle brake on
reel, for the purpose of self-launching your kite even while swimming.
Unfortunately today's kite-surfing industry doesn't appear to have
this, although I may be mistaken. For AWE you would have a single
motor/generator in the double reel and some mechanical system for moving
The other was a more complicated gearing system, basically a
separating the controlling and reeling functions. One handle or
moves both reels in the same direction, the other moves them in opposite
directions. No control bar required, but more expensive. Keith had one
used it. It worked as intended, but had more friction than we would have
For AWE one the one input would have a motor/generator, the other just a
September 15, 2010