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Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest heights; Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring… Although these are some great lyrics from one of Disney’s classic and popular children films, Mary Poppins, it also makes a person think back to their childhood days.  While the kite in the movie depicted a typical kite with a traditional diamond design, today’s kites have changed to include a variety of different designs and models.  These models can vary from traditional styles to box kites and unique character designs, to the amazing shapes and colors of foil kites that are fabricated to grab the air and get some of the best lift.  Foil kites, which are also called parafoils, have a soft and flexible design, making kite flying a unique hobby and exciting attraction for almost everyone.

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Over the years, kites have changed and there are many things a successful kite flier, or pilot, must know before putting their next “bird” in the air. Today’s kites have changed over the years. Many of the changes that have occurred have to do with the materials that are being used in the manufacturing and assembly process. This change was necessary to support updated modifications such as wind speed, height capability and performance – either for stunt purposes, strength or durability. Also, the changes in both kite design and structure have made it possible to have kites reach soaring heights which is just one of the many popular aspects of owning a kiteparafoil.

Except for a few very inexpensive models, kites are no longer made with a piece of plastic strapped, tucked or stapled to a fragile cross frame. Instead, kites are equipped with heavy-duty material that is applied to the frame of the kite. This material is usually nylon or a rip-stop nylon and is very durable and extremely pliable making it a great cover for a multitude of frames and variety of different styles. A kite’s patterns and colors can vary too. Kite manufacturers have added some great color combinations and patterns that can emulate a picture show or a kaleidoscope arrangement, once the kite is in the air and flying high.

Today, kites are uniquely crafted to offer extensive patterns geared toward children as they can come in a variety of animal shapes and cartoon characters. Others can be shaped in the form of three-dimensional designs that intrigue both fliers and viewers alike, while the uniquely popular parafoil kites add a whole new dimension to kite flying.

Kite flying is a great way to meet new people and demonstrate a true love of adventure and excitement.

Kites have changed to include different designs and models, but the feeling one gets of letting a kite soar when controlling its every move is never forgotten. Since some kite designs have undergone a radical change, there are many things a successful kite flyer, or pilot, should know before putting their next “bird” in the air. The kite’s design can be just as personal as the person who is going to fly it. The way a kite flies through the air can be a matter of personal preference as each pilot knows what they are looking for when expressing their flying talents or performing kite stunts. When choosing a kite, a person needs to decide what they want their kite to do. Some people want the challenge of operating high performance kites. These models require a great deal of effort and time in learning how to operate them and handle them once they have taken flight. But, they also offer great satisfaction once they have been mastered.

Kite stores and kite shops are equipped with knowledgeable employees who are eager to help people find the right type of kite. This is important since different types of kites can do different things and perform in different ways. Many people are not aware of the capabilities associated with flying a kite. Consequently, people who are matched with a kite that requires too much up keep or is too much of a high performance kite and all they are looking for is the average kite with a traditional flying capacity can be turned off to kite flying in general.

Therefore, it is important to get some type of guidance and be able to ask questions when purchasing a kite for the first time. Gaining knowledge about the product you are buying is better than wasting money on something you are going to dislike and may never use again. There are four main areas to consider when choosing your kite.

These include:

Size – Always consider who will be using the kite. Obviously, if the kite is for a child it should be a good size for them to handle especially if they have never had the experience of flying kite in the past. While the kite should be something they like, it should not be too expensive just in case a mishap or mishandling ends in a crash and it breaks. I always advise against choosing an extremely expensive kite for first-time flyers. This eliminates any anxiety over doing something that should be fun and exciting.

Performance – Some kites are designed to do tricks. The two-string and four-string foils and parafoils have the capability of doing quick turns to the left and right depending on which way it is guided through the air. If someone is looking to purchase a high-flyer that is both colorful and durable the parafoil is definitely one to consider.

Maintenance – The higher end kites to require some maintenance. The parafoil kites may need to have the bridge(s) repaired or they may have to realign the strings so that it performs correctly. While many different kinds of kites still may require changing string or adjusting the cross bars, the varying degrees of maintenance should be considered so that there are no surprises and no heightened frustration levels.

Complexity – Without a doubt, know what you want before visiting the kite shops in your area. How much effort or work it takes to get your kite into the air or control it once it is there can be a problem especially if you are hoping to take your kite out and get it into the air right away.

Kite flying is a beautifully relaxing and admirable pastime. Some people even make kite flying their hobby and collect a variety of different kinds of kites. There are some people I know that have kites in their home for decoration purposes only, since they wouldn’t think of sending some of those magnificent works of art into the air. This isn’t because some of the kites they own wouldn’t fly, but it is more about enjoying a piece of art and having something in their home that reminds them of great days flying. While it is great to have a choice in which kite you want to fly on any one day, many kites are not cheap so kite collecting can get expensive. However, the avid kite flyer will tell you the costs are nominal compared to many other hobbies, and the rewards are much more plentiful since kite flying is a great way to meet new people and demonstrate a true love of adventure and excitement.