While it may look easy, flying a kite is an activity that takes a good measure of practice if you would like to do it proficiently. While it may not be so hard to let your kite soar and have it fly in a barely controlled manner, the nuances to flying a kite must be appreciated if you plan on doing more than that.
The first thing that must be considered when you choose to go kite flying is the day that you are going on. Since kites are entirely at the mercy of the wind, you must carefully consider the weather. Many people make the mistake of checking for the weather but not the wind speed.
Flying a kite is far more difficult if there is either too little or too much wind. There is also the obvious difficulty of flying your kite in a rainstorm. You will typically want to pay close attention to the forecast on the day that you plan on flying, as the weather may change at a moment’s notice at times.
Launching a kite is one of the more fickle aspects of kite flying. You must first ensure that there is sufficient wind to ensure proper lift on your kite. Once you are sure that there is enough wind to attain liftoff, you must stand with your back to the wind and hold your kite out in front of you.
Your kit should start catching the wind, and you may let go of the body, keeping a firm grip on the string. Gradually tug on the line as your kite gains more and more altitude to ensure that it remains facing upwards. If your kite begins to tip slowly compensate for the tipping with your string.
As your kite gains altitude, you will want to ensure that it stays in the air. The best way to do this is to avoid sudden, jerky movements which may disrupt the airflow over your kite’s surface. Disrupted airflow will lead to a loss of lift, and a loss of lift will lead to your kite falling out of the sky.
Once you have your kite in the air, it is simply a matter of letting it soar as you gently point it in the direction that you would like it to fly. Do not treat the string as a direct method of control. Instead, you must treat it as if it is a gentle guide to where you want your kite to fly.
Flying a kite is not overly complex, it simply requires finesse. If at first, you fail, do not grow discouraged, as the wind can often have an unavoidable effect on diminishing the flight characteristics of your kite. In the worst case, there are always other days to try flying your kite.