|A kite operates like a simple aeroplane on a line - in fact aeroplanes were developed from kites (see History of Kites). Just like a plane, a kite flies because the movement and force of the wind passing the kite pushes it upwards enabling it to stay up in the air.|
To help it fly, the shape of the kite is important. Some shapes are easy to fly and control, while others offer more of a challenge to the flier. All kites are variations of flat and curved surfaces.
Kite TypesDiamond Kite
A diamond kite is either flat or curved and is the classic shape we all think of as a kite shape. It is also called a Malay or Indian kite.
Parafoil/ Flexifoil Kite
There are many variations of all these basic types.
Kite LinesMany kites are now controlled with two lines, although simple, basic, fun kites still have single lines. Some kite models, known as quads, are controlled with four lines. Quad lines are not necessarily better but they can let you do more manoeuvres. Quad and dual line kites are used in competitive kite flying.
Choosing a KiteLook at shape, size, wind range and price and take advice from a good kite supplier (See Information) when you are choosing what to buy. Basically, you need a kite that is well constructed, easy to handle and one that will fly well even in a light wind.
Other EquipmentThese items are not essential but if you are a keen flier, you might consider them at some stage.