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THE JOY OF KITES

We find that joy – described as the emotion that makes life worth living in the moment – is a key feature of kites and kiteflying.  Indeed, kiteflying has been and is now enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

HISTORY OF KITES

The earliest written accounts of kite flying were the exploits of the Chinese general Han Hsin, Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.).  

WHAT IS A KITE?

A kite is an object that uses the force of wind to fly.  Its flight is controlled by a flying line or lines.  The technical term for a kite is “tethered aerodyne,” with “tether” meaning a line or lines connected to the kite and “aerodyne” meaning something that flies. 

HOW DO KITES FLY?

A kite will fly if it finds enough wind to lift it and keep it in the sky.  Successful kite flight depends upon establishing and maintaining a balance between the upward force of lift, the downward force of gravity, and the backwards force of drag.

KINDS OF KITES

The variety of shapes and sizes for kites is nearly endless, from giant flying creatures to miniature wonders, high speed stunt kite formation flying to elegant and windless indoor flying, there is a style of kite out there for anyone.

HOW TO FLY A KITE

Kiteflying can provide a wide range of enjoyment and satisfaction – if it’s done in correctly and safely. Pick the right day, time, place, and wind for flying a specific kite – and have a great time.

HOW TO MAKE A KITE

It’s a special thrill to see something that you have made soar in the wind. For builders of simple kites to complicated ones, there are great sources of inspiration and instructions.

KITE ACTIVITIES

So many kiting activities to choose from: sport kite performances, kitemaking, competitions, using kites as teaching tools, kite aerial photography, scientific experiments, power kiting, attending festivals, family fun — and many others.

KITE SAFETY

Practicing safety while flying kites will ensure that you have an excellent experience in the field. Be considerate of others, reduce Your risks, and know your limitations and your equipment’s limitations.

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