Air kites have openings at the front leading edge to allow
foil inflation and to create the wing shape. The varying
wing shapes create differing power and maneuverability.
Compact bridling systems
ensure the kite stays inflated and angled correctly to
the airflow. Some look square (usually low aspect) while
others look elliptical (usually high aspect). Generally
elliptical kites are more efficient whereas square shaped
foils are more stable and slower in comparison.
Kites that are thinner (thin
profile) are usually faster than thicker profiled kites
whereas, the deeper profiled kite usually lift more at
lower speeds than a thin foil. Ram Air kites are used
mostly for land based activities such as buggying and
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Edge Inflatable (LEI) Supported Leading Edge (SLE) and
Single Skin kites are built mainly for surfing and other
water based activities as they do not take-on water. This
allows the kite to be launched off the water if crashed.
Normally larger kites are
required to fly on water to overcome the water resistance.
These kites are very efficient and powerful - to enable
greater control depower systems are usually incorporated
into the kite. It is imperative that pilots learn on land
first and obtain water based tuition before venturing
out onto the water.
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