How Does a Kite Pull You

How Does a Kite Pull You

Learn how the kite generates it's power! Check out this free tutorial which will explain in simple terms how the kite pulls you

How does a kite pull you ?  : Video Transcript

This short FREE sample from the Kite Control video will help you understand how the kite flies and how it pulls you.

Multiple FORCES are involved in making a kite fly, such as Thrust, Lift, Drag, Line Tension and Gravity

For simplicity purposes will focus Only on the most important force called LIFT so you can have a better understanding of how the kite pulls you.

When the wind arrives towards the Leading Edge of your kite it splits into two layers. One layer of wind that goes Below the kite and another layer that goes Over the kite.

Both wind layers will take the same TIME to travel from the Leading edge to the Trailing Edge However, due to Angle of the Kite the TOP wind Layer will have to accelerate to reach the trailing edge at the same time as the bottom layer.

This wind acceleration over the kite is what creates the LIFT. In other words, this is why the kite pulls you.

Of course, smaller kite sizes will generate less lift, whereas larger kite sizes will generate more lift.

The stronger the wind speed is the more lift your kite will generate.  Did you know that based on principles of physics, doubling the wind speed quadruples the amount of LIFT. In others words, in 20 knots of wind, the same kite will generate 4x the power it would in 10 knots.

Adjusting the power of the kite

By Pushing and pulling the bar you create a change in the length of your lines which then changes the Angle of Attack of the kite

Pushing the bar away from you Depowers the kite. This will lengthen the back lines of your kite which then reduces the angle of attack. A low angle of attack means less wind acceleration over the kite, therefore less Lift.

Pulling the bar towards you Gives the kite More power. This will shorten the back lines of your kite which then increases the angle of attack. A high angle of attacks means more wind acceleration over the kite, therefore More Lift.

When a kite is Overpowered, the angle of attack increases to the point where the wind layer which passes over the kite can no longer reach the trailing edge, due to turbulence. This will cause the kite to lose its     Lift and fly backwards into the power zone.

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