Hiero Blend wrote:
I'm interested in seeing these "ears". I'm a bit nervous about learning the hard way of what can go wrong.
Stay away from "drift" launching if you are not a careful and disciplined and experienced kiter. I equate the traditional "drift launch" experience with the experience of using the old 2 line "Reel Bar"........."Things would go perfectly 9m out of 10 times, and then there would be a 'Kitemare'. I love DrLightwinds description of his (I believe) "last" drift launch. I will post it in the next post....
There are no safe "shortcuts" to drift launching. You must do everything in a controled, slow, reversable manner to be reasonably safe. Of all the variations of the "drift launch", which I have had experience with, the DriftFly
comes the closed to satisfying the above standards.
Here are 3 pictures of the bar with the retractable "ears", made from 1 inch diameter plastic PVC water hose: