Given the discussion about the Crossbow I just thought I would ask:
Have there been any problems with the Sonic inverting in strong winds with the kite well sheeted out?
With the high pressures needed for flat kites has the Sonic had any issues with stitch holes elongating or tearing?
So far, no inverions. I think this could be due to the fact that the Sonic
has a little more curve to the leading edge. The day I flew it in 40mph,
there was an instant when a gust hit and I sheeted the bar out and the
leading edge bent slightly for a second. I think most of the problems
with the x-bow occur when people are flying it in wind stronger than the
recommended wind range. What happens is the rider sheets out to
compensate, and the high pressure under the LE which gives the kite lift,
gets replaced by the pressure of the apparent wind on the LE and causes
it to collapse and invert. No problems like this with the sonic.