Launching your Single-line kite, the easy way:
There's an easy way and a hard way to get your kite into the air so that it catches the wind and flies effortlessy. Most people try to hold their kite high in one hand, run fast, and release string as they run, but that is the hard way. Follow these simple instructions to get your kite flying on the first try. If there is sufficient wind, your kite should always fly easily.
- Most single-line kites will need about 7 or 8 miles-an-hour of wind to fly easily without running. Before going out to fly your kite, check the wind in your area to see how easy it will be to fly. www.weather.com is a quick and easy place to check.
- Once you are in the field and have assembled your kite, and the string (flight line) is securely attached, have a helper hold the kite for you, facing into the wind.
- Take the line in your hand, and unwind it from the spool as you walk into the wind about thirty steps or so away from the helper who is holding your kite.
- Take slack out of the line. The line should be taut between you and the person holding the kite (like a paper-cup telephone). If the line is touching the ground, your kite will not want to fly.
- Face your kite, and make sure the wind is blowing from directly behind you.
- When you are ready, have your helper release the kite by tossing it up gently into the wind. You may need to take a few steps back to keep slack out of the line (always pay attention to what's behind you!).
- Keeping the line tight is the key. A tight line steadies the kite sail so that it can catch the wind and fly.
- Once your kite is in the air and flying steadily, gradually unwind more line to fly it higher. Only release a few wraps of line at a time, and then give a few gentle tugs to allow the kite to adjust and climb.
- As your kite climbs higher, it will usually find stronger winds that will keep it steadily climbing as you release more line.