Spring is finally upon us and across the country kite festivals are beginning to pop up. Some are very large, like the Cherry Bloom and Zilker Kite Festival in Austin. Some are small, maybe even set up by your local municipality. They all have one thing in common though; a chance to head outdoors with friends and family and experience the majesty of flight.
Many of these festivals include food and fun activities for families and kids, such as kite making, contests, demonstrations and more.
Every festival is a little bit different so we recommend checking out as many as possible in your local area. While it’s always fun to make and fly a kite, we like to have a quality kite on hand as well. You can compare flights and gain an understanding of what makes each kite fly differently.
We think some of the best kites to bring along to a festival are our Best Fliers, which fly in a wide range of wind conditions, get up in the air with ease and are simple to assemble and disassemble. We also have a great selection of classic diamonds, deltas and parafoils.
So grab a kite, head to a festival and enjoy the beautiful spring winds!
The new Duende 2.4 from Flying Wings Kites is coming soon. This exciting design from Bell Chiu builds upon the success of the Duende 2.2.
The upgraded Duende 2.4 is the perfect kite for intermediate and advanced pilots, a full size sport kite with unparalleled agility and control; the Duende will excite any flier.
Coming this February 20th, we are excited to reintroduce the Skydog Little Wing Stunt Kites to our collection.
Featuring six vibrant designs, the Little Wing provides an incredible introduction to the joys of stunt kite flying.
Skydog Kites has designed an active and responsive beginner stunt kite in the Little Wing. This kite performs in a wide range of wind conditions – even as low as 4 mph.
With a 5’ wingspan and durable fiberglass frame, the Little Wing can take the hard landings and crashes associated with beginner fliers.
It will not take much time for any new pilot to begin performing the dives, spins and numerous somersaults that make stunt kite flying such an exhilarating experience. All Little Wing kites come with a 65’ line on winder with straps.
Below are the Little Wing Stunt Kites we will be featuring in our store this February.
So you’re looking for a perfect beginner kite? That great kite for your children or one for yourself to experience the joys of simple flight? It can
be an overwhelming task to pick out the right one. Making the wrong choice can lead to a very short time to fly before the kite rips or the line gives way.
We help walk you through the factors to consider when selecting a single-line kite in our resources section, but here we’ll give you an idea of what we look for when making a selection and an understanding of why we carry the products we do in our store.
The first element that anyone will look at when selecting a single line kite is the design. Obviously a critical piece since it is what you will be staring at as your kite soars through the sky. As the pilot; however, it is important not to lose focus on the other elements.
We are very selective with the kites that we carry and look to bring you some of the most creative and unique designs in the industry, but we know experiencing a great flight is about more and we want that experience to last time after time.
Aside from the aesthetics of the kite, the line length will be a large component of flight enjoyment. Because single-line kites do not perform stunts and maneuvers, the altitude that your kite is able to reach will be a big part of what keeps your interest from flight to flight.
Nearly all of the single-line kites in our store that do not have a specific alternative purpose (i.e. indoor kites) come equipped with a 300’ flying line. This is a great length for most people.
Often, low quality kites that you may find at a local supermarket or hardware store will have line lengths closer to 100’ which may be underwhelming once the kite is in flight. At 300’ you will find Smooth Winds and truly have your kite soaring.
For your first flight or for young children, kites like our Best Fliers or basic diamonds and deltas will provide the easiest launch and flight experience. Just check out one of our customers below flying his brand new Skydog Pirate Diamond.
Along with being easy to fly, these kites are sturdy and simple to assemble and disassemble with each flight. Most of these kites can be brought aloft in winds as low as 5 mph.
They also perform in higher winds, but make sure to check each individual kite’s manufacturer recommendations for safe and optimal flight.
Remember, if it is a quality kite flown in the recommended wind conditions, you will never need to run to get the kite in the air. We’re always available to answer any questions. If you’re looking for a specific design that’s not in our store, just let us know. We’ll either get one for you or point you to the best quality version of that design. In the meantime, keep it in the air and enjoy your flight!
Here at Smooth Wind Kites, we carry an exciting selection of single-line indoor kite from Flying Wings. Indoor kites or gliders give the pilot the unique ability to fly in zero wind conditions, including indoors. Because there is no wind to generate the movement of the kite, flying indoors requires a much more interactive role from the pilot.
These fantastic kites from Flying Wings that we will introduce to you here not only have unique and exciting designs, but can also be flown outdoors in light wind conditions.
The Wala and its big brother the Wala XL glide elegantly through the air when the pilot pulls and releases the flying line. A simple adjustment of the kite turns this indoor glider into an outdoor light-wind beauty.
With four color choices for both the Wala and the Wala XL, it’s a perfect choice for any new indoor pilot. Both of these great kites come with a 90 foot tail that can be attached in a straight line from the center of the kite or in a semi-circle fashion from both trailing edges. See them in action below.
One of the most unique designs of the Flying Wings family, the Laima has an incredible 75” wingspan when assembled, but remains easy to transport in its carrying case. This amazing bird-shaped design is a very stable flier both indoors and out and is sure to impress any passers-by.
Also available in four great color schemes, the Laima’s durable build and innovative Weight Control System means it will be a go-to glider for any pilot for years and years. See it in action below.
The newest addition to the Flying Wings glider family is the Grace. Designed by Albert Chen, the Grace has the widest range of wind capabilities. Its unique air-foil design means that it can fly in zero wind, but also performs in blustery conditions up to 20 mph! Try the Grace and you will experience a flight unlike any you’ve had before. See it in action below.
If you are looking for the most relaxing flight, perhaps even a meditating experience, the Emong may be the perfect kite for you. The Emong is designed to have no loose parts and thanks to its unique shock absorbing system, it is an exceptionally durable kite as well.
It is a glider in every sense of the word. See it in action below and feel the calmness come over you.
Kites are fantastic toys. They can dip, swoosh, and are a joy to watch. But have you ever wondered about what makes kites fly? Believe it or not, it’s pure physics!
Here, we will take a look at the physics of kite flying. We will look at how both traditional and stunt kites fly.
Hopefully after reading this simple article you will better understand the mysteries behind the flight of kites.