Whatever you do, don't let go!
Pre - Flight Instructions
Simply pop in the cross struts, attach the lines, skystreamer and you're away!
(1) Folding the kite around your body in front of you, insert the cross struts (E) into the centre moulding (D), bending rod as required. Ensure the struts are at the front of the kite and under the bridle bines (F) as shown in (Fig 1). Check that the centre strut (C) is pressing against the back of the sail cloth (A) as shown in fig 3. OTHERWISE THE KITE WILL NOT FLY!
A - Sail
B - Wing Set
C - Centre Strut
D - Centre Moulding
E - Cross Struts
F - Bridles with Rings
G - Control Handles
with 120ft Line approx
H - Skystreamer 76ft approx
(2) Attach the two control handles (G) to the two bridle line rings and secure as diagrams below:
BLUE Handle to the LEFT
RED Handle to the RIGHT
(3) The skystreamer
(H) is attached to the FRONT of the kite
with velcro pads allowing it to self inflate.
Flying for the first time
Beginner ﬂyers are advised to use the full length of the control lines, adjusted equally using the line holders on the handles. This enables the kite to ﬂy higher thus allowing more reaction time.
Your helper must hold the kite by the wings,
as shown in (Fig 2 & 3) to avoid the Kite
Inverting. The skystreamer should be
unrolled and lying freely by. When YOU
are ready PULL BACK both control
lines, the kite is automatically released.
(There is no need for your helper to
launch it.) Steer it into the sky by
pulling gently on opposite
control lines to keep the kite
balanced (see Fig 5).
Allow the kite to
Flying your Peter Powell Kite
Pull LEFT to turn left
Hands together for straight up flight
Pull RIGHT to turn right
Remember: Learning to fly your kite may be compared to ‘riding a bike’ and once mastered never forgotten!
Therefore, a little time spent mastering the basic movements (Figs. 4 & 6) will prove invaluable.
Once you have full control of your kite you can attempt more complicated stunts, such as: making it dive, hedge-hop, spin, loop the loop, spiral and figure-of-eight.
For high speed trick flying you may remove the skystreamer.
Get Stacked "flying multiple kites in tandem"
There is no limit to the number of kites you can fly in tandem. It really depends on how strong you are and what breaking strain line you are using. We like to fly 3 to 5 kites at a time starting with what is known as a Triple Set,
then increasing with single add-on kites. We have devised a very simple link up method (see Fig. 7 and Fig. 8), which does not require any clips, hooks or rings etc. but simply larks head loops.
Attach the fling lines as follows:
RED (Right Handle) Flying Line to RED knot. BLUE (Left Handle) Flying Line to BLUE knot.
When flying in high winds or flying multiple stacks of kites you may wish to attach the flying lines to the BLACK knots, which reduces the pull on the flying lines and provides a more comfortable flight.
To launch, get your helper to hold the last kite and take the strain, as they would a single kite. Upon pulling the control lines the other kites in between will stand up ready for lift off. Landing is the same as for a single Kite.
Packing away your Peter Powell Kite
Ensure the flying lines are not twisted over each other as in (Fig 5).
To land your Kite, fly Left or Right as far as possible, the kite will then gently drop to the ground.
Wind in both Control Lines onto the Handles.
Undo both Control Line loops from the Bridle Line Rings.
Unplug both of the Cross Struts from the Centre Moulding and hook the Bridle Line Rings onto the Cross Struts, now remove the Skystreamer and roll up your Kite. Roll up the Skystreamer ensuring that all the twists have been
straightened out, take the knotted end and roll firmly round your hand expelling the air as you proceed. Ignore any
creases as these will not affect inflation of the Skystreamer next time you fly your Kite.