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  • FAQS | Frequentkly Asked Questions | Peter Powell Kites

    FAQS Frequently Asked Questions Are your kites suitable for beginners? Our kites are great for beginners and quite often when we are out flying we invite those watching to give it a try and within minutes they are controlling the kite. I have been flying kites for years and watched a few videos of you guys flying them, but never owned a Peter Powell Kite. Are the tricks hard to do? When our father first invented the Peter Powell Stunter it took the World by storm as it’s fully steerable and moveable in the air. There are many tricks to be done, but the first one we try to teach when out flying is the landing and taking off, as you don't need a second person to help. However, it's like most things, practice makes perfect. Instructions Ben Henderson, UK My Dad had a Peter Powell Kite, in the 80s. It’s how I learned about kites. We used to fly it all the time at Marquis Drive in Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. Other than online can I buy the kites anywhere else? Currently we only sell online with the majority of of sales coming via our onlin e-shop. Do you sell spares? We offer a large range of spares from screws to sails. You can buy every part of the kite and you could even make it yourself - although we wouldn't advise that, but you could if you wanted too! ​ What is the MKIII? Before we could re-launch Peter Powell Kites we had to prototype and re-engineer the kite from scratch and would refer to them as MKI, MKII, which led us to develop the MKIII - th e kite we fly and sell today. ​ I remember flying Peter Powell kites as kid, they were huge! Why did you stop? Millions of Peter Powell Kites were sold worldwide and as our father’s business grew more and more, competitors began emerging from the shadows. He wanted to leave on a high so decided to shut his factories and close up shop as he could no longer compete with products coming in from overseas. ​ So why did you decide to start back up? When we first thought about re-launching Peter Powell Kites, we started to fly the MKI and MKII at various locations and people would stop and stare whilst taking videos and photos. We realised there are generations who had never seen anything like it. It's the positive reinforcement from the public that encouraged us to relaunch. ​ What do the kites come with? When purchasing a kite it will come with 1 x skystreamer, 1 x kite bag, 1 x pair of handles inc. flying line and instructions as standard. ​ So if I can land the kite by myself does that mean I can fly it by myself? Yes you certainly can but you would need two ground stakes (ground stakes are similar to tent pegs) after you have attached the lines/streamer to the kite you would peg the kite down whilst ensuring the nose is into the floor and facing into the wind, you would the unravel the lines and peg the handles. Before returning to the kite (its important that the kite is facing into the wind) remove the peg from the kite and make your way back to the handles rem ove the peg. Pull Right or Left depending on which way the kite is facing and up and away you go. ​ Appreciate you need wind to fly a kite but how much? Ideally you will need about 10mph if you want to fly our kites with the Skystreamer attached. If the kite is struggling to get off the ground, take the tail off. If there's not enough wind it won't fly. Perfect speed I would say is 20mph. The m ore wind the better for us we love it. On top of a hill with no trees directly behind you is always a good shout just be mindful of the edges (cliffs/drops). Open p arks can be good but if surrounded by trees or buildings the wind can be hit and miss. But our number #1 spot would be the beach. Our kites love the sea breeze. ​ What are the red/blue and black dots for on lead rein? The red and blue dots are for tying the flying lines to red to red and blue to blue. The black dots change the pitch of the kite, so when the winds are strong by switching between the black dots you will have better control. ​ Is it dangerous? Check your surroundings and don't fly where you have lots of people sitting down around you. Get into a clear area where you can fly your kite free from obstructions. Remember to check left and right for any hazards. Keep away from overhead pylons/trees and if you hear thunder, it's time to pack up! We would also advise not to fly in the rain. ​ Will you be setting up in America ? We are looking at options, it's on the radar, just need to decide whether we use wholesalers, distributors, shops or malls. ​ If you have any other questions or suggestions then please use the contact form and we may include them in this section for the benefit of future users. ​ Stay Safe and Happy Flying ​ Peter Powell HQ ​ ​ "The World's Original Stunt Kite" Shop All Best Seller Peter Powell Stunter Kite Best Seller Peter Powell Stunter Kite Best Seller Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Kites Hoodies Peter Powell Kites T-Shirts Peter Powell Kites Sweatshirts Peter Powell Kites Caps, Hats, Bobbles & Beanies Shop All

  • Instructions | Read How To Set Up And Fly | Peter Powell Kites

    Instructions 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 Fig 1. (2) Attach the two control handles (G) to the two bridle line rings and secure as diagrams below: NOTE: 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 Fig 2. G G 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 reach FULL HEIGHT before commencing maneuvers. Fig 3. Flying your Peter Powell Kite Fig 4. Pull LEFT to turn left Fig 5. Hands together for straight up flight Fig 6. 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. Fig 7. Fig 8. 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. Beginners: Beware of strong winds and use all Control Line Length Remember: Light to moderate breezes are best as the Kite will fly much slower Warning: Looping the Kite too many times in one direction will impair control due to the increased friction between the lines Note: Your Kite can be re-launched with Lines still twisted. If the wind is not strong enough your Kite will not fly WARNING NEVER EVER FLY YOUR KITE NEAR OVERHEAD POWER CABLES. THIS CAN BE FATAL. DO NOT FLY YOUR KITE WITH THE CONTROL LINES IN EXCESS OF THE AIR REGULATION LIMIT OF 200 FT (60 MTRS.), NEAR TELEVISION AERIALS / DISHES, TELEPHONE WIRES, ROADS, IN STORMY WEATHER OR ANYWHERE IT COULD CAUSE DANGER OR INCONVENIENCE TO ANIMALS OR PEOPLE. IF YOU DO ACCIDENTALLY FLY YOUR KITE INTO ANY OVERHEAD CABLES, LET GO OF THE CONTROL LINES AT ONCE AND TELEPHONE THE EMERGENCY SERVICES (999 IN THE UK) OR YOUR LOCAL ELECTRICITY BOARD Hints from Peter Powell himself: "The World's Original Stunt Kite" Shop All Best Seller Peter Powell Stunter Kite Best Seller Peter Powell Stunter Kite Best Seller Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Stunter Kite Peter Powell Kites Hoodies Peter Powell Kites T-Shirts Peter Powell Kites Sweatshirts Peter Powell Kites Caps, Hats, Bobbles & Beanies Shop All

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