Into The Wind's Flight Blog

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lights, Camera, Action!

We've added over 25 new videos to show off just how cool the kites and toys we carry are! As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words:

Original 13" Aerobie
The Guinness World Record holding flying ring; how far can you throw?

Kid's 10" Aerobie
Just like the original Aerobie flying ring but for smaller hands.

Incredible Bubble Thing
One of our most popular bubble toys makes GIANT bubbles.

Another great flying toy that soars as far as you can throw.

The hybrid of a disc and a Yo-Yo.

Prism EO6 Box Kite
The competition winning box kite, that collapses down to an easy to transport size.

ITW Crystal Spinner Box Kite
Our own box kite the center panels spin in flight.

ITW Wisp Light wind Stunt Kite
One of my favorite light wind stunt kites. The day I flew this, and shot the video, the wind was only 1-2 mph and the Wisp was precise and fast!

Silver Fox Trick Kite
What can you do with a Trick Kite? This fantastic video will show you some fantastic moves.

Prism Nexus Stunt Kite
One of Prism's most popular stunt kites. The Nexus is a great all-around flier.

Prism Nexus 5-Pack
A stack of Nexus kites with tails have 5x the power. You'll put on quite a show.

Prism Zephyr Trick Kite
The quality and detail of the Zephyr are inspiring (and it's a pretty amazing Trick kite as well)!

Beamer IV 3 Beamer IV 4 Beamer IV 5
The Beamer series of quad line power kites has only gotten better. Check out this exciting video!

Prism Stowaway Diamond
Prism's Stowaway Diamond flies just like a diamond should, right out of your hand.

ITW Jewel Train
Into The Wind's own Jewel Train, a stack of 6 hyperactive little diamonds come trained together.

Rainbow Paradise Flower
One of our most popular lawn ornaments adds some color to your life.

Power Flower
The kinetic energy powered spinning lawn ornament that doesn't need batteries. Let the wind do the work!

Aerobie Orbiter Boomerang
Aerobie's Orbiter boomerang comes back every time.

Aerobie Football
A football with fins for that perfect throw.

Aerobie Dogobie Disc
The Dogobie Disc is perfect for playtime with your best friend.

Aerobie Squidgie Disc
A soft disc for playing catch with kids or kids at heart.

Aerobie Superdisc
The Superdisc is the 13" Original's big brother, try and break the record for the longest throw.

Aerobie Rocket Football
A smaller version of the Aerobie Football but just as fast.

Aerobie Superdisc Ultra
The big version of the Superdisc gives your throw some extra stability.

Larks Head Knot
Describing how to make the Larks Head Knot has always been a bit of a challenge, but this useful knot is now the star of it's own show.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Kite FAQs

Navigating on our website under "Kite Information" there is a tab called Kite FAQs. Most of the questions and answers are geared to kite novices who are just beginning to fly kites. But every now and then, one of our customers, who, as I've mentioned in previous blogs, knows as much as we do, will review our Q&A's just to keep us on our toes. JB Holdway sent us an email regarding this FAQ:

Q: How do you feed the line onto the reel evenly when you have a lot of line out and want to pull your kite in?
A: Keep some tension on the line when winding it in, as loosely wound line tends to tangle. When winding onto a spool with your hand, turn the spool over from time to time and wind in the other direction. This keeps the line from being twisted so many times that it tangles. This same rule can apply to winding line in on a reel to keep it evenly distributed. In any case, never struggle to reel in your kite. Reeling in line under strong tension could damage the reel. In strong winds, walk your kite down or pull the line in with your gloved hands, while moving around to avoid piling up line in one place. Then wind the line onto your reel.

In the email to Into The Wind, Holdway wrote this:
From all the informative links and posts I've read there are at least two very different ways to use a hoop spool. The first, as implied by your FAQ answer, is to deploy the line by letting it spin the spool on its axis. The second (better?) method, is to deploy the line off the end over one flange, ie. parallel to the axis of the spool. There's even an instructional video on the web showing the over the flange deployment as the preferred method.

Your advice is to alternate windup in both directions to minimize inducing twist. I certainly agree if the deployment is allowed to spin the spool. However, if the deployment is off ONE of the flanges then the alternating wrap up method might make twist a problem, maybe not. Maybe your alternating wrap up might work for both methods.

Anyway, with the axial (over the flange) method, wrap and unwrap should always be over the SAME flange. With that method there will be no twist in the deployed line. This suggestion is based on several kite links and posts.

So, please consider editing you answer to reference both methods.

Before we modified the answer to our FAQ we wanted to check with an expert and who better, when it comes to information about kiteline, than Daniel Prentice of Shanti Kites. After reviewing our question, answer and our customer's suggestion, Daniel agreed with JB Holdway. But he added a couple of caveats: First, to keep track of which side of the hoop is which, it's important to mark the hoop. And Holdway's method of course, works best when the line is used by only one person who knows what's going on rather than several kitefliers using the same hoop. He also pointed out that if a swivel is being used to connect the kiteline to the kite, then twist will "swivel" out of the line when you reel in the kite and either technique will work. When George (Into The Wind owner and kite guru) looked over the answers, he added that the swivel won't do much good if the kite has been landed (our recommendation to avoid line being wound in under tension). So it's probably best to pick a method, either method, and stick with it. We've updated our FAQ accordingly, referencing both options.

If you have an FAQ answer update or if you have a Frequently Asked Question that you'd like to see us add, get in touch. (If we don't know the answer, we can always ask our customers ;-)

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