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2. Fast-food-wrapper-paper kites
This type of kite is found to have its wing set dominantly using paper that is used commercially in wrapping fast foods. Some specialists will seek papers that have printed logos on the papers, so that the type is easily observed. Photographs of this type of kite are invited. Upon looking at the kite, one will readily exclaim, "This kite seems to be made of fast-food papers!" A specialist in this type of kite might have a collection of kites where each kite shows itself featuring one fast-food company, distinct from other companies. One might sculpt a collage of papers from different companies all on one kite sail.
Someone might develop a relationship with a fast-food company via a kite program that uses this type of kite.
Give a high second use to those hamburger wrapper papers! Subway sandwich paper wrappers! Etc. Did your kite of this type get displayed at the local library or in the window of fast-food company?
Small kite of this type? Large kites of this type? Etc.
3. Shirt kites
Have human shirts that convert to be the sails of kite wings. The set of possible kites using wearable shirts belong to the the type of kite called shirt kites. Flat shirt kites, delta shirt kites, inflatable shirt kites, cellular shirt kites, train of shirt kites, etc.
Wear a set of shirts in layers as needed for weather or event service or demonstration, etc. Then take the shirts off, perhaps unzip to obtained designed sail result. Involve tether and resistive set and fly!
Plans, photos, applications, etc. for shirt kites are invited. Full development of this type of kite are welcome to this thread.
Perhaps a kite pilot will wear to the field ten shirt kites in layers. Give or sell and fly the "shirt off your back" to bless others and the sky!
And what is meant is very different from just the packaged kite-shaped tee-shirt: Simply-packed-as-a-kite-shape shirt.
4. Trousers kites
Kite wings made from trousers, especially wearable or worn trousers form a type of kite. Consider a wide spectrum of options. A trousers may be made of low-mass rip-stop nylon; a person might wear several such trousers at once with one trousers over the others. The effective kite wing from trousers might be accomplished by inflation tatics or parting and flat-sailing the parts. Multiple trousers might assemble to form a wide parafoil-like wing. Room for much creativity!
Practical trousers actually used for clothes would be taken off and flown as kite wings.
Trousers of various textile weight could also be used in wing tailing or tether laundry. Trousers kites may be mounted into kite trains or kite arches.
A trousers kite might be used to sky drop gift trousers for people to receive on the ground for clothing.
Open for development! Plans, flight photos, varied completions, or applications?
There are the really practical trousers that become trousers kites.
Then there are artistic kites that appear to be trousers; this is a subset
of trousers kites.
5. Pants kites
At least two subsets of pants kites:
Unisex pants kites
Male pants kites
Femail pants kites
Underwear pants kites
Outerwear pants kites.
Plans, photos, applications, etc. are invited for this type of kite. Tails, trains, arches, singles, inflateds, flats, single surface, etc.
6. Human-carrying free-flight gliding kites
These come in a variety of subtypes.
For one subtype, see large sectors of hang gliders where the short kite lines tether the kite's wing to the pilot. The pilot's body mass pulled by gravity and affected aerodynamically by the apparent wind forms a resistive system to maintain tension on the kite line. As the resistive set moves through the sky, so does the tether and the kite's upper wing. See http://www.WorldHangGlidingAssociation.org for some leads to human-carrying free-flight gliding kites.
Another subtype in the major type "human-carrying free-flight gliding kites" would have the human as passenger in either the upper wing or in the lower opposing resistive wing in a kite system using two wings connected by a tether set. One aim is to control the cross-winding of both wing s to effect travel as desired.
This thread is open to advance those hang gliders that are kite systems.
7. Purcell manned tow kite
Type: Purcell manned tow kite
This type of kite has human passengers in the kite wing while the wing is towed by powered boats or other powered vehicles.
Thomas H. Purcell, Jr. http://tinyurl.com/PurcellOBITUARY [d. 2007]
Thomas H. Purcell,
Dynamics (pres: Thomas H Purcell Jr.), Raleigh NC Built flexible-wing
glider. Perhaps 1961. Details are invited. Skysurfer
Magazine of May/June 1973, page 9, published by the owner of
Aeronautical Publishers, shows Purcell with a wing that holds the
mechanical inventions embedded also in the Fleep and
of the team headed by engineer Charles
8. Re: Purcell manned tow kite
Thomas H. Purcell, Jr. would later patent some evolutes of his first flexible-wing kite gliders.
Patent number: 3614032
9. Visible-tether kites
Kite type: Visible-tether kites (VTK)
Note: Making kite tether sets noticed by other aircraft is a challenge beyond the present type of just making tethers visible to the human eye.
The visibility of the tethers (full set, partial set, full line, partial line) might occur from one or more of several processes, arrangements, specifications, or materials. The visibility might be temporary, permanent, controllable, fixed, constant, oscillating, colored, color variable, method variable, method mixing, message giving, variable, binarily available, etc. Much game here!
The tether set might have a count of one or more lines. Invited are specifications of how to make tethers visible in the dark.
Making lines visible to human eyes in the dark of night?
Plans, photos, studies, applications, etc. are invited. Discuss.
Some starting links:
10. Khmer kites
|11. Religious kites|
12. Race kites
13. Hat kites
1. Kites that feature hat art
2. Kites that mimic hats
3. Hats that function well as a hat, but also function well as a wing of a kite system. Some designers might need little or no morphing of the hat to have the hat be a wing of a kite system; other designers might end with a hat that is then morphed greatly to become the wing of a kite system.
Wear a hat that is so designed that it flies well as a wing of a kite system.
Plans, photos, comments, discussion are welcome.
Wear the hat on a trek; let the hat fly right off your head; consider even a spinal extension rod and hidden reel of kite line; unobtrusively fly the hat kite.
Here is a kite that is not a hat, but is a kite featuring art depicitng a
Here is a figure kite that includes a large mimic hat:
14. Re: Hat kites
Discuss the shown balloon hat kite.
The wearing ring surrounds the head. The tether is a long balloon. The wing is a cross kite. The inflated tail has bow knobs. All inflated. My guess is that the wind ought to be near zero for light action.
But this reminds me of the hat kite family that uses lighter-than-air kytoons. Have tether connected to torso; any loosening of the hat into launch will have the kytoon hat go up into higher winds. Consider pocket inflation from a compressed-helium tiny cartridge for morphing the kytoon hat from flatish format to inflated format and launch from the head.
15. Re: Hat kites
The shown hat might not yet be a kite's wing, but it sure seems like a good candidate:
16. Re: Hat kites
The shown product is called "Kite hat" and is a hat that features kite images as appliques. However, someone might convert such product into a functioning kite with some detail changes and inversion.
17. Re: Hat kites
Distinguishing between hat kites from kited hats.
Here is an example of a kited hat that is not a hat kite:
18. Re: Hat kites
Distinguishing a hat kite from a kited hat:
Of course, hats may become kite laundry or serve as kite-tail items.
19. Re: Hat kites
The photo invites thoughts of human-powered flight.
the hat is just off topic. However, one could spawn a modified version of shown and come up with rotary-wing hat kites.
21. Insect and other bug line-kite and body kiting
Discuss each insect case. Line-drag provides resistance for the tether in some cases; the body become a wing element.
Variations ... free-flight as well as anchoring to trees and other objects while the kiting occurs. Insect kites. Non-insect animal kites.
22. SOL One
SOL home site: http://www.solparagliders.com.br
Free-flight kite glider using only one line-set SOL One Goes Fly video
23. XXLite by OZONE
A free-flight kite system for gliding and soaring is in R&D status. This kite system aimed for the paragliding market features one major skin that wraps to form a significant short lower surfaced airfoil that brings to mind KFm-1 approximately. So, this system uses a wing that is not simply single surfaced--though single skinned--but with an important second surface for the lower part of the intended airfoil; the lower surface allows a thick airfoil where it counts.
Starting discussion can be found in the replies at the introductory official video at Vimeo
24. Glider kite by David E. Moomaw
Patent number: US4159087 Filed: Oct 31, 1977
26. Simple surface fresh wing for exploration
Jan. 5, 2012
Happy New Year!
And good news...! I finished the drawings and plans for my BarretinaHyperlite.
The plans and additional information are here http://www.laboratoridenvol.com/projects/bhl/bhl.html
posted in public domain for free study, copy, and development. In addition, the first prototype is being built by my friends at Adrenaline Paragliders headquarters in Yecla (South-eastern Spain). Is very close to finish!
I think a new breed of simple-surface paragliders is emerging...
I notice more news soon, with pictures of the first unit.
Reports of explorations on making and kiting the wing are invited in time. There will be manned and unmanned reports, maybe from you.
tags: single-surface, Barretina Hyperlite, Pere Casellas, Laboratori d'envol
27. BHL saga continues:
BHL JAP building (video)
28. True photon kites
True photon kites involve a kite anchor set, a kite tether set, and a kite wing set. Distinguish a photon kite from photon sail or light sail or solar sail which sails do not employ both a kiting tether and a kiting anchor. Photon kites are kite systems flown in photon stream and use the kiting principle involving lift and drag on the kite system's wing.
Let a asteroid be fitted a tether to a wing; let the asteroid's mass be the anchor for the kite system. Let the wing be out in the open space off the surface of the asteroid; let a tether be to the wing. Whatever photon stream occurs about the wing will be deflected by the photon-kite's wing.
29. Built by ________ kites
Kites built by a certain person or team or company earn the right to be a class or type of kite.
Owning, displaying, flying, or selling a kite built by the hands of Tyrus Wong would be dealing with a kite type distinguished by the builder of the kite.
The "built-by ______" typing is a foundation for a large part of kiting culture. Some people pridefully share that they use a _ (name of company)_ kite.
30. Kites built of
entirely one material?
Let kite be seen as the unity of three subsets:
== wing set,
== tether set
== resistive or anchor set.
Build a kite entirely of one material. Report plans, tips, flight results, etc. Video? Specifications?
Special reasons for a project in this sector? Niche hobby? Art? Survival? Commerce?
Preliminary targets are invited.
Kite made entirely of water? Is it possible?
Kite made entirely of glass? Very possible.
Kite made entirely from one plant? Name the plant and the processes involved in making the kite. Video?
31. Kites with resistive set in same media as wing set
Kites (resistive set, tether set, wing set) with resistive set in same media (air, water, soup, plasma, etc.) form a type. Woglom in late 1880s described such kites; his example was from "fugitive parakites."
Example: One team is naming their free-flight kite system as "levopter."
DeBey "levopter" art. http://windpoweredaircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DALCS-sailboat-comparison-levopter-12072101.png
...going with the wind of the upper wing.
Maybe send a series of units flying over pipelines and capture the at the far end for recycle?
Tacking may occur.
== FFAWE Club
32. Aerial-joinable kites
Fly two or more wings separately on separate tether sets by separate controllers (human or robots or passive). Have the designs so that "joining" may occur during flight of the wings of the separate systems. Then when the wing sets of one system properly touch the wing sets of another system, then the wings join and then may be controlled as one kite system.
Simple case is the case of two kite systems, each having one wing in each system. The two wings are flown in a manner that the wings join while in flight and then stick in some manner to form one integral systems.
Advancing from that, bring other unit wings to join the growing arrangement.
Design examples are invited. Video of joining is invited.
Variations on this type of kite are possible. Consider hooks, magnetic edges, fast-set glues, Velcro, interlocks, etc.
Consider radio-control in the mix.
Consider joining at will and then separating at will.
Other schemes may be designed.
One China patent is titled in translation to English: Lover Kite.
33. Seldom-fail kites (SFK)
Dec. 18, 2012
SFKs nearly always succeed.
This type of kite is great for parties, classes of young students, etc.
Send ideas and samples of SFKs. Plans too.
34. Joy Kites
Dec. 18, 2012
A "Joy Kite" is a kite type that brings joy to someone.
Joy kites may be the most popular type of kite ever.
Examples and stories are invited.
35. Feather kites
The wings of feather kites are dominated by the use of natural feathers
(or artificial feathers could be a subtype).
Welcome in this topic thread are patents, projects, uses, videos, plans, feather sources, etc.
Challenges. Construction methods.
R. Jed Katzman
36. Re: Feather kites
37. Helicopter Kites
Kites that mimic helicopters form a kite type.
All manner of post types to make this topic robust are welcome.
Examples, video, patents, construction challenges, special uses of such type of kite.
Subtypes are invited.
Helicopter Kite by Rhuel Trimble in 1962
[ ] Note: Distinguish true helicoptering from gyrocoptering. Distinguish helicopter kite as a a kite resembling the figure of a helicopter without actually doing helicoptering; rather see gyrokite for the mechanical essence of "helicopter kite" unless one is looking a a hybrid aircraft that helicopters (under power blades) and the converts to kiting without power blades.
38. Re: Feather kites
A found quote:
""I remember walking down the beach, looking at seagull feathers and wishing I had a thousand so I could make a kite," explains Carl Rankin"
Source shows some creative kitemaking, but not with the feathers.
39. Array typing?
This is a start only ...
|40. Cannibal kites http://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/spring/kites/cannibal.htm|
41. Hargrave box kites
This thread invites a development of Hargrave box kites. Original history.
Replicas. Morphs. Futures. Plans. Etc. Projects and results. Related
patents. Essays regarding the box kite realm.
http://www.tinyurl.com/HargraveBoxKite for general study start.
|42. Kites in cartoons|
43. Circle-dominant kite winged kite systems, or "Circle Kites"
[ ] Fathers Day Kite video
Invited in this thread are kite systems that use for its kite wings forms that are dominant in the use of the circle form.
Start on "Circle Kites"
44. Re: Circle-dominant kite winged kite systems, or "Circle Kites"
The dominant perimeter ring frame part is the "circle" qualifier for the shown kite system.
|45. Giant Chinese Dragon Kite uses circle strongly|
Aluminum kite described
in Popular Mechanics magazine. Issue, July 1931
[[[Safety note: Metal kites or kited wings with metal parts are usually highly discouraged for all but specialized professional purposed kiting, as the metal may short electric devices in the environment. ]]
48. Homemade kites
Homemade kites (sometimes discussed with spelling of "home-made" )
Typing kites as homemade versus made by others outside one's own home
has been found useful. "Make your own kite!" contrasts the large "Buy it, and fly it."
49. Kites with tails
Tails have an infinite variety open to their designs, so there are subtypes of kites with tails.
With the tail in focus:
And more. All are welcome to discuss tails of kite systems.
50. Leaf kites
51. Kite wings "not for flying"
"not for flying"
52. JAPANESE KITES EXHIBITED IN THE UNITED STATES
53. World Record Flight of Micron Kites
Type: Stack Element wing: Micron Kite
54. Type: "Fly-and-forget" kite system
Some people have aimed at using the type of kite that is a "fly-and-forget" kite system.
The criteria for this type of kite system varies. Here are some things to consider:
do something more than sustain themselves in flight. Discuss work
56. HPK human-powered kite systems
|57. Source seems rich of kite types:|
58. Popsicle-stick kites
Is type is open to many versions, sizes, variations. Plans and video of
flight are invited.
Mini-Popsicle-Stick Kite by Christine Dvornik
59. Kite types: "safe kites" and "unsafe kites" or "dangerous
Appraisals may be relative to some perspective when typing kite systems as of "safe type" or "unsafe kite" or "dangerous kite" or "hazardous kite".
For a given scene and purpose a given kite system could be typed as a safe kite (for that scene). Etc.
One internet site lift high that the plans displayed are for "safe" kites. In closer inspection, the publisher is aiming to have kite systems that might be safe for children to use in ordinary conventional kite recreational activities.
What is a safe kite for one purpose might be an unsafe flight in another purpose.
Notice that any kite system wrongly operated could lead to serious injury, destruction of property, and fatalities. Incidents might range from falling into a hole, disturbing vehicular traffic, cutting one's hands, triggering a huge fire or outage of power grids, etc. ... even by toy kiting improperly.
60. Copy-book leaves kites
Apparently the kite type in Britain formed of "copy-book leaves"
was well known.
That archetype gives us kites with wings made of specialty papers:
The papers involved might be "new" unused papers. Or one might pride oneself in recycling tossed papers.
|61. Drawn steel tube framed kite wings|
62. Schooner kites or Pirate Ship Kite
63. Glider kites, kite gliding
Welcome are links to related matters:
Kited wings where wing are then utilized in gliding mode for some or much time. Kiting may resume after phased tugging in long or short strokes. Morphing shape and attitude may occur by mechanical response or by radio-control response. Step towing is in this arena. Calm kiting also. Indoor kiting is involved.
Here is one link: http://www.kitelife.com/industry-news/the-glider-craze/
|64. RE: Re: Feather kites http://www.kitelife.com/old-issues/issue-66-pictorial-johan-hallin-sweden/|
65. Seaweed and Driftwood Kite
66. Free giveaway kites at events
Kites are sometimes given freely to children or vistiors of a special event of kite festival. Study of the strategy is invited. Links to significant giveaways are invited.
New kite festival and a commitment to give away kites to children to the count of 700 kites. http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20131115/NEWS/131119573/1040?Title=New-Smyrna-Beach-Kite-Festival-begins-Saturday
What kind of kites? How much and what kind of string? How were decisions made?
68. Airborne String Lattice-Work
arrays, domes, meshes, kite clusters, nets, matrices, graph theory, Clusters, lattice theory, networks, tents, multi-nodal fields,
See and discuss:
Let us know you and your interests.
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