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SAFETY and Flying Information

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DO NOT  Fly within 3 miles(5km) of an Airfield.
DO NOT  Exceed 200feet(60m) in height.
DO NOT  Fly in wet conditions.
DO NOT  Fly if there is any risk of a Thunderstorm or Lightning.
DO NOT  Fly near Power-Lines or Overhead Cables of any type.
DO NOT  Fly in Crowded Areas or near Parked Cars.
DO NOT  Leave Young Flyers unsupervised.

      Remember a Stunt Kite IS NOT A TOY. Fly with EVERYONE'S safety in mind.

Flying Information


Force MPH KmPH Description Recognition
1 1-3 2-5 Light Air Smoke moves
2 4-7 6-11 Light Breeze Can be felt on face
3 8-12 12-18 Gentle Breeze Leaves move constantly
4 13-18 19-28 Moderate Breeze Branches sway
5 19-24 29-38 Fresh Breeze Small trees sway
6 25-31 39-50 Strong Breeze Large branches move
7 32-38 51-61 Near Gale Hard to walk
8 39-46 62-74 Gale Twigs break from trees
9+ 47+ 75+ Extremely Draughty Pack up - take kite home

Expertise.  In many instances youngsters and others who are not widely experienced can fly the larger kites provided that appropriate wind conditions are chosen and CLOSE SUPERVISION is maintained. Don't relate kite size and price to the skill level needed to fly - entry level prices do not always mean entry level skills.

Wind Ranges.   Wind ranges and line strengths indicated generally by manufacturers are not sacrosanct, and the experienced flyers will often be able to use lower weight lines even in the higher winds. Furthermore, the more experienced flyer will almost certainly be capable of flying kites outside manufacturers' indicated wind ranges - BUT BE WARNED.

Line Strengths.   In summary, it is always better to fly with lines which are strong enough to do the job, but which are as light as possible and with little or no stretch; perhaps needless to say, this normally means buying the more expensive types of line such as Dyneema, but such line has a tremendous impact on kite performance.

Lines sold by Just Kites are stretched, sleeved, matched pairs and checked for total integrity on the premises. We cannot check the dyneema lines included with kites by manufacturers, and whilst we are happy with the quality of the line itself, matching etc often leaves a lot to be desired and they should be checked by the purchaser - and this applies even to the best manufacturers.

Damage.   Despite what you might have heard or been told, there is no such thing as an indestructible or nearly indestructible kite. Ripstop nylon can be torn, and carbon and glass fibre spars broken, (carbon more easily than glass fibre, but carbon makes for a better kite). Kites rarely break in the air unless they have previously sustained damage in a crash, and it is crashing, especially under power, that causes breakages. Do not despair, anything we sell can be fixed on the premises, and almost anything can be fixed anyway. Most kites carry a guarantee; although guarantees are against defective materials and workmanship, and not against defective flying. When you buy a kite ASK IF IT CAN BE REPAIRED IF DAMAGED, AND BY WHOM AND WHERE, and how long it will take. If the answer is that the kite can't be damaged or broken, that is so much rubbish so LEAVE. Any other answer you must judge for yourself, but it is a fact that many kites, and not only the cheaper ones, cannot be economically repaired.