Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's a Man Lifter!

This one could probably lift a small human in a basket.


Monday, September 22, 2014

A "Real" Power Kite!

I don't care what they want to call it, it's still a kite, which is defined as a tethered aircraft.

Those aren't motors...
they're wind turbine power generators

Imagine, when the wind starts to drop, they can winch the 'kite' in to it's gantry until the wind picks up again. One more way to make use of renewable energy from the sun.

Monday, September 15, 2014

KITES ARE FUN!

Kites are fun for all ages, so don't be a stick-in-the-mud... Go fly a kite!

Here's three videos of "Kites Are Fun"... the 3rd one is by Free Design, the guys who wrote & performed "Kites Are Fun."




Now, I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but even kites need to be handled with safety and common sense. here's an example of no common sense:


And here's TWO, count them, TWO dummies with no common sense:


Kites have killed people, so use a little common sense when you fly... no matter how small or how big your kite is.

 On a lighter note here's what Lincoln City, Oregon's annual kite festival looks like:


Lincoln City also has a fall kite festival happening October 4th & 5th of this year.

Friday, September 12, 2014

World's Record Under Sail

While we're on the subject of sailpower on the water, here's Sailrocket 2, one of the fastest sailboats on the water! At 66 mph, this has got to be like flying on the water.


These kinds of world record attempts are not without their dangers. Here's an attempt on the speed record by Sailrocket 1 that didn't go quite so well:


But if you want to attack the world's record for the fastest boat under sail in a really big way, do it with a trimaran:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A New Way to Use a Power Kite on the Water!

I'd like to try this one even though it's still in prototype.


If you've never seen the way power kites are used on the water, check out these videos:



This guy caught an updraft for 22 seconds of hang-time.


Connor Doran Honors Those We Lost on 9-11

Connor Doran flew his "Dare to Dream" Rev stack at the Capitol Mall to honor the memory of those we lost on 9-11.



Photo credit goes to Connor's mother, Amy Doran

Just in case you don't know who Connor is...



Wednesday, September 10, 2014