How high do kites normally fly
Flying high with kites
What do you mean up there?
Please note the legal height restrictions for flights with kites. You should only fly with a short flying line or not at all close to airports or helicopter landing pads, but that goes without saying.
The following applies to kite flights:
- Germany: maximum 100 m line
- Switzerland: maximum flight altitude 60 m
- other countries: similar laws
At kite festivals, but not everyone, it is usually possible to legally fly higher, as the organizers - often with a lot of effort - endeavor to obtain altitude clearance. Just ask how high you can.
Braided Dyneema lines are very strong. In an emergency, you can perhaps just tear a zero.4, but not a zero.5. So be careful near roads and watch out for bikes that often circle you, especially kids.
Usually never fly:
- higher than 60 m or with a longer cord than 100 m
- near airports, roads, power lines and railways or during a storm
- watch out for the people and stay away from kite-eating trees
A Stabilizer ™ with one of the 3 De tomaso or The urban ninja ul calms the flight of the light wind or zero wind kites during high flights with a long flight line, up to static behavior. De tomaso volante is probably best suited to fly in some wind too.
There are various height world records with individual kites or kite teams (connected in series). The effort is great, administrative (airspace), physically, in terms of time (including time slots) and financially. Situational dependencies determine everything (wind at all altitudes, weather). The kites in these world records were big to very big and not really light.
We would also be interested in how it would be feasible to fly high with modern, precise materials and smaller, very precisely manufactured kites. On ultra-light, wafer-thin Dyneema flying line. Still, most of the external factors remain the same. And of course without electronics, batteries etc.
Low and slow
The short flying lines on Microwider ™ are so practical that very often you don't need a long line at all. They are 17 m long, so they can be unwound and wound up quickly. The contact with the kite is always crisp and you have no problems with twists or chaotic knots.
Since the whole line lies on the ground and no mass is attached to it at the end (as is usually the case with the long lines, the spool), you can move freely without suddenly developing uncomfortable tension. A cool and safe method for urban zero wind flights.
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