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Some Kites I sometimes fly to KAP

The KAPilot

The KAPilot 50 is a modification of the Pilot 50 designed by Peter Lynn to act as "sky anchors" for his famous large inflatables.

Brooks Leffler was the first to use this kite for KAP. His observations indicate that the KAPilot 50 flies at a slightly higher angle than a Flow Form. He also comments; "It will lift a rig at about 5 mph, but might lift you at 20 mph.

This soft kite is the size of a king size bed, pulls like a truck and can be very scary.





The Flow Forms

Flow Forms (FF) are very popular among KAPERs. They have no spars and require no assembly before flying. A Flow Form can literally be in the air seconds after choosing a kite launch location. The Flow Form rolls up into a small bag that takes up little space in my field kit. The Flow Form has the simplest bridle of all the soft kites, with only 3 lines. One drawback of the FF is its low flying angle compared to the Dopero and the Deltas

The Flow Form 8A very small Flow Form for strong winds. I don’t find it very stable

The Flow Form 16My first KAP kite, very reliable in moderate to strong breeze, a low flying angle and a rather strong pull, I always carry mine in my back sac just in case.

The Flow Form 30 : Twice the size of the FF16, the FF 30 is adapted to soft breeze, as reliable as the FF16, its pull can become extremely strong if the wind strengthens.