Sep
07
2011

First attempt at KAP in New Zealand

I’ve been interested in KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) for quite some time, but only ever tried it once (unsuccessfully) in the UK.

I picked up a Giant Delta Conyne kite at the Bristol Kite Festival (in the UK) a few years back and never really had the chance to fly it with a payload.

I finally bit the bullet and brought some Pekabe pulleys for a picavet. Pekabe pulleys are the holy grail for KAP. They’re made for model yachts, are very small, light and smooth. They’re also expensive – I ended up paying US$93 for the pulleys (4 x Pekabe 515 single pulleys and 2 x Pekabe 525 double pulleys).

I’m still playing around with my Picavet design, but will post the results once I find a suitable design.

I’ve also found that the Kite seems to overfly – it goes beyond overhead and then dives and loops to stabilise itself back at about 75-80 degrees. I’ve tried adding huge ripstop nylon tails to no avail, so I’m thinking I’ll alter the bridle on the kite a bit to try and make it more stable.

Below are a couple of photos of the carpark in Port Waikato (Map).

Written by John in: KAP,Projects |

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