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What will Dead Launch? (Read 1196 times)
Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm
windsorr   Ex Member

 
I have a number of prism kites and was wondering which ones can be dead launched....

My results so far

Prophecy - Easy  Grin
Ozone - Not too difficult but scary (fear of breaking  something)  Shocked
E2 - Nowt Zippo Nada   Angry
Elixir - bounces a bit but not even close yet...  Embarrassed
Nexus ?   ???
Micron?    ???

What have you chaps managed?

Cheers
Rich



 
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Reply #1 - Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm

groundeffect   Ex Member

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Also note it depends on the surface you're flying off - hard packed sand or short grass is ideal. Also you need a little wind usually.


I've dead launched a Nexus, and Qpro without problems. Just have to get the right timing, sharp tug up front followed by almost immediate sweap while stepping back....

cheers,
Dean
 
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Reply #2 - Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm
ikky68   Ex Member

 
Anything will deadlaunch if given the right contitions, AND if the inputs are correct.

I've deadlaunched a Masque (french kite with almost striaght LE) a number of times.

GroundEffect nail the key item to a deadlaunch.  The ground wind.  Without that groundwind it's really (almost impossible) hard to deadlaunch a kite.

I try to stay away from deadlaunches because it puts a LOT of strain on the kite.  The only time I ever damaged my Elixir is when I forced a deadlaunch.  The kite launched and then the lower spreader broke.  I was lucky that the spar didn't stab the sail.
 
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Reply #3 - Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm
ikky68   Ex Member

 
Quote:
What have you chaps managed?


These are the ones that I can remember
E2 (first kite I ever DL'd)
Elixir
Quantum
Ozone
Chimaera
Masque
Gemini
Mamba
STX2.3
Addiction
JITB
LTM
Manticore
 
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Reply #4 - Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm
rxburner   Ex Member

 
None of my kites dead launch.... I love them too much for that.  Grin
Rx
 
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Reply #5 - Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm
ikky68   Ex Member

 
rxburner wrote on Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm:
None of my kites dead launch.... I love them too much for that.  Grin
Rx


Yup,  I like that black Elixir, in your profile pic.

Lemme borrow it for a while.  I wanna try out some of my love on it.  Grin
 
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Reply #6 - Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm
zephyr   Ex Member

 
As far as Prism kites go: pretty much all of them except the Eclipse and Alien. I suppose you could get an Eclipse to dead launch. It's just as likely you will destroy the kite in the process.

I can't remember if I have ever gotten an Alien to dead launch. I don't think so unless it was under some unusual circumstance.
 
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Reply #7 - Dec 31st, 1969 at 4:00pm

groundeffect   Ex Member

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I've deadlaunched a Flashback as well with out problems. However I do remember once when I cracked a stand off in half doing this.

I don't do many deadlaunchs now, as I dont' want to crack/kill/destroy any part of my kites for the sake of 30secs and a short walk down the field.

I usually use 'the walk of shame' as a good time to check over the kite, like a flight inspection. I check the bridle to see if it's wrapped or something, I check the spars to be sure everything is still plugged in good and not ready to fall out. Then I check the sail tension and the lines around the nock.... etc...

then back into flying position if everything is in order... and back into the air!

I've turned the 'walk of shame' into a 'flight inspection test' Wink


cheers,
Dean
 
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