Haven't talked about this in years, flat kites seem to have greater capacity than traditional C kites for this by far. What about "flaring" your kite before impact as most aircraft do before landing? To avoid parachuting up on flaring you usually want to burn off enough speed first. Not sure we'll always have that option. Still, it could reduce the force of impact on landing. Input?
To idealize how to come down after lofting seems a bit utopic,.
Agreed. Yet, there have been some common factors in the few spectacular loftings that come to mind that were survived. Some of the survival factors but not all, in Dale's lofting were fairly random as highlighted. The goal needs to avoid the lofting in the first place. That has been the point for seven years. People will ask, what if, so it bears some discussion.
The point that should be stressed is that the kite must be flagged as soon as possible.
Flat kites have substantially reduced impact trauma over traditional C kites at last check. If they are used under reasonable conditions that benefit should continue to be realized. Problem is it seems some people have gotten it into their heads they need to be less wary of weather hazards. The flat kites I am familiar are a lot more rigid than traditional C kites. As long as the reride or O'shit system worked, traditional C kites would flag fairly well although remain flying at times. Given the flat kites are more rigid, they don't "flag" as well necessarily. They do depower better,that is faster, easier and more completely, within limits, allowing for proper functioning. In this case, Dale needed to Emergency Depower his kite before the wind struck or at least depower it somewhat by pushing the bar out. He didn't do either and was lofted into a situation which temporarily disable the depowering. At that point, he might have ended up in the road even if it had worked 25 ft. up and climbing, still not good.
Is "flagging" a flat kite in the fashion of a traditional C kite advisable? Given tendency to relaunch, spin at times due to more rigidity and bridling, tangle bridles, wingtips, perhaps not. The IDS presents a new approach and may in fact "flag" in a fashion. I've asked many manufacturers about this since 2005 for recommended approaches. The best concept that has come forward for evaluation so far is to bring the kite down side wind window, depower enough to keep a wingtip near the surface, some say to disconnect your kite leash, depower more by pushing the bar out further if necessary but avoid having the kite totally depower and fall over. Finally, be ready to set the lot free if it relaunches and starts spinning. I know some use this approach but not all. There should be a good consensus on what to do, particularly with whatever flat kite you happen to be using.