RickI wrote:His properly functioning flat kite reportedly failed to depower during the initial portion of the lofting. That is when most of his movement was up. Reducing the angle of attack works with primary forward motion but perhaps to a lesser degree when a major component is up. I am working on a writeup from an uplift lofting incident in OBX when the the kite failed to depower again during the "up portion" of the flight. Normal kite operation, SHOULDN'T include dealing with uplift lofting in my opinion. I believe the solution involves avoiding the Operator Error that leads to the problem in the first place.
Yes, squalls must be avoided.
Nevertheless, riders must be prepared to act accordingly when their kite is hit by an upward draft (or any bizarre gust on any direction). That's why any kite must have a means to be FLAGGED
by the rider through the emergency system.
Rick, please be a bit more specific. When you say the kite failed to depower you mean through just pushing the bar up? Of course that won't work with an upward draft
. Or you mean the kite has an emergency system that is supposed to "flag" the kite through two front lines, like the ones used by delta shapes and specific bridles like the IDS. Because I'm really curious as to whether this type of emergency system is really entitled to be called a flagging system when the S hits the fan.