April 16th – Indoor Kite Flying

Indoor Kiting

(video from YouTube – by Matt Cyphert)Yes, believe it or not, kites can be flown indoors. In fact, indoor kite flying and competition are becoming more and more popular all the time with performers appearing on shows like America’s Got Talent.  Designed to fly in a windless environment, this type of kite is principally designed for indoor use but can also be flown outdoors when light wind would render traditional kite flying impossible.Indoor kites are flown by using the relative wind provided by the motion of the kite flier, pulling the sail against the still air in a room. This motion is typically generated by the user walking slowly backwards or sideways (and often a circlular pattern), but it can also be achieved with measured pulls on the kite lines.