bnthere wrote:this is typical of double centerline leash system.
a bad outside line or bridle line wingtip tangle can have the same effect as the broken line when the kite is released onto the leash.
seen it on cabrinhas as well as others.
why in the world did your student wait 15 minutes before ditching it. an old guy would be dead. you need a radio.
regardless of why it happened, and what kind of disable system the bar uses, if the leash system fails to bring the kite down, (cause a single centerline system can fail too), that is why there is a secondary release on the leash. dont hesitate to use it when things aren't working like they should.
UKSurf wrote:Friend of mine was drowned by a spinning RRD kite after he pulled the safety. Luckily he was resusitated on the beach and didn't die. I personally don't rate their safety system and i would not have an rrd kite for high winds. north and cabrinha seem to be the brands with best safety.
Jessica, thanks for bringing these experiences up. In the instance of the the kite looping after relaunching, it sound like a bar end float got stuck around the bottom of the bar. Having been using a 6 meter, I'm guessing if was crazy gusty and the kite probably dropped with a little slack of the student maneuvered the kite back to relaunch position maybe catching the float on the bar. This would perhaps cause the kite to keep looping especially if they had the leash on the suicide ring and not the flagging ring. Could you tell from your vantage point if the bar traveled along the mini 5th line?JessicaWinkler wrote:
The following day my student dropped the 6m Obsession kite and after trying to relaunch it simply started looping with all lines intact. My student ejected almost immediately but the kite did not depower or stop looping. This time the kite continued to loop for about 15 minutes until finally he became very tired and released the whole thing. I recovered the kite and the student with no physical harm done and after closer inspection nothing had broken on the kite or bar.
But some are a lot better than others.I tend to not trust any system completely, there is always something that could happen and it's up to your decisions and actions to get you out of it.
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