How do shifty winds mess up a tethered launch? Tethered launches have worked really well for me in all winds I've tried them in.
In real gusty conditions and turbulent conditions it can be hard to teather launch. I've had some interesting teathered launches gusty 20-40+ knots. while on the teather the kite surges foward in the gust and then drifts back in the associated lull. It can then catch a wing tip on the ground and be rolled over and launch towards the powerzone.
Also in really powered conditions make sure you have a damn solid teather point. i've had BIG logs get dragged out of the sand in some of those mad days.
lastly different kites work and better on a teather. generally i find the lower aspect the kite is the better.[/quote]
exactly. these are generally kites that have no problem with tethered launch, but we have winds in the launch area the is super shifty and gusty..if a gust is followed by a 180degree shift in wind direction, it goes without saying that a tethered launch will be problematic...pretty much regardless of kite.
Tethered kites might still fly off the ground when a squall changes the direction of the wind...if that is followed by a complete lack of wind and then some wind from a different direction again...well then you have a kite that will behave oddly.
Regarding the tethered launch. I always hesitate recommending anything but something that is solid int he ground. When the wind hits here...I've seen sand bags go...the ice twirl thing...even a huge branch that looked really really solid...that also unfortunately took the pilot with it...so that day the kite, branch and rider got launched...even if the guy only had his kite leash on the kite. In any case,
My point isn't really that my spot is fickle...it is that one prescription might not fit all. People need to evaluate themselves. If they get an impression that something is bullet proof whatever happend..well then they are definitely in for a surprise at some point.