Building a kite is easier than it may seem at first. The problem that most people face is ensuring that the kite is properly optimized to fly well. We will be looking at some of the more common issues people face when building their kites and how they may be rectified.
Kite geometry is the main reason why kites either fly or do not fly. As with any other flying object, a kite must be optimized to fly properly; otherwise, it may fail spectacularly. The best way to ensure that your kite is optimized in the first place is to check your kite geometry and ensure that everything lines up correctly.
The best way to check your kite geometry is to measure the sides of your kite. This will, of course, depend on the type of kite you are using. For a diamond kite, which is the most common kite to build, you must ensure that the top two sides are even and that the bottom two sides are even.
If your kite is uneven, this will often result in it turning into the wind, or even spiraling down to earth. An uneven flying object is a recipe for disaster, so you will want to make sure that you do the best job possible of keeping the sides properly aligned.
Another aspect to take care of if your kite is not flying properly is to examine the integrity of your kite’s construction. You will want your kite to have a bit of flex, of course, as it will likely break otherwise. There is a problem, however, if your kite’s frame is loose, or the body is not properly connected to the frame.
If one of the sides of your kite is loose, you will have difficulty maintaining an even flight path due to the wind affecting each side of your kite differently. This is why it is important to use high-quality glue or other bonding materials when making your kite. The body detaching from the frame in flight can result in a catastrophic failure.
Beyond simply checking the attachment points and the kite itself for whether it is loose, you must also ensure that your kite is aerodynamically sound.
This means that there should be no protrusions which could affect the performance of your kite unevenly. This can be a spot of extra glue, or a piece of the frame sticking out.
There are many aspects to consider while making your kite. We have gone over some of the more common mistakes, but there are much more things to consider when making the perfect kite. We hope that this article has been sufficiently informative.