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The Aerial Eye was a quarterly journal about kite aerial photography.
The tail or stern of a kite or ship. In kite jargon, this is also the trailing edge.
American Kitefliers Association
Device to which you attach the kite line to keep the line at fixed position.
Angle of attack:
The angle between the kite chord-line and the horizontal when the kite is in flight.
Angle of flight:
The angle measured between the horizontal and the vertical position of the kite.
In a rectangle, the comparative relationship between two adjoining sides.
Automatic Rig Control, an electronic device to control a rig.
KAP in which a timing device is used to repeatedly trigger a camera shutter and/or control the camera rotations.
balloon or Blimp Aerial Photography
The Brooxes Electric AutoKAP Kit takes pictures automatically while you fly the kite.
In KAP discussions, wind strength is often refered to in a Beaufort (Bft) value.
Modifications to a parafoil kite that improve stability in stronger winds without using a tail.
A pulley that some picavets use.
Either the leading edge of a kite or the bend of a spar or spine of a kite.
The line or lines that connect the sail of the kite to the flying line. This bridle defines the angle of attack and/or the shape of the kite in flight.
A full 360 degrees panorama showing the entire surroundings. These panoramas can be made by stitching two or more (fisheye) images together.
A small metal loop with a sprung, hinged gate to attach or detach line.
A pole on which you attach a camera rig, from which you take photographs
A firmware enhancement that operates on a number of Canon Cameras
A type of camera rig for kite aerial photography
A device that (remotely) counts the number of shutter releases
Cerf-Volant Club de France or French Kiters Club
A family of framed kites characterized by their triangular wings.
Many--if not most--English language KAP discussions take place at Cris Benton's forum
Double Pearson Roller kite
DTM or DEM:
Digital Terrain (Elevation) Model. These models are comparable to an elevation map of for example the earth surface.
A tie-down device to connect the kite line with the anchor line. Originally this 8-shaped piece of aluminium is used by climbers to rappel down steep mountain hills.
An application that smooths the density transitions between stitched or merged photographs, such as multi-image- panoramas.
EXchangeable Image File format
The lines on which the picavet hangs pass through eyebolts.
Federal Aviation Administration
Fins or flares:
Also keels or rudders. Pieces of fabric positioned parallel to the wind, often supported by the bridle lines. These parts help a kite to remain in a stable position in the sky.
A Web site for displaying and sharing photographs, where many kappers post their photos.
Fesseldrachen Luftbildtage in Bad Bevensen
Popular with many KAPers. Flowforms are soft, sparless kites, invented by Robert Sutton.
the bow (rhymes with cow), front, nose, or leading edge or area of a kite or ship.
A place on the internet within a site in which people can discuss topics with other people. A Forum is separted by topic sections and those are divided by sections called "threads"
Frame or cradle:
KAP camera rigs or cradles are usually constructed as frames.
Gamma Hook:a device to connect your kite line to the anchor strap or line
A range of devices for triggering the shutter or zoom of cameras remotely
Lightweight connectors for attaching a Picavet suspension to the kite line
Helikite:A combination of a balloon and kite
The combining of more than one adjacent image to form a larger image
A timer that automatically takes a picture at intervals
A camera's infra-red sensors for use with remote controls
Japan Kite (aerial) Photography Association
Kite Aerial Photography
A panorama photo made from a camera hung from a kite line. Such photos may be from one or more exposures.
Camera rig fashioned out of a handkerchief or cloth.
Kite Aerial Photography in California
Kite Aerial Photography in France
Kite Aerial Photography in Scotland
KAPiTA:Kite Aerial Photography in Tahiti. Tentatively scheduled for October 2009. More information should be available soon.
KAPWA:Kite Aerial Photographers Worldwide Association
KAP Feather:A stabilization device for rigs
KAV:Kite Aerial Video photography
kite:A flying tethered man-made object
knots--speed:A unit of speed
Fastening or securing of linear material
leading edge:The fore, bow (rhymes with cow), or nose of a kite or ship. Also known as LE.
line:the kite string
line laundry:items kite flyers add to their line between the ground and the kite
mini-KAPiCA:an informal gathering KAP enthusiasts, such the event of 12 April 2008 at Bayfront Park in Menlo Park, California
oblique:Camera angle between horizontal and vertical.
orthorectify:The processes of reprojecting a photograph so that the effects of camera tilt and lens distortion are minimized.
Ooky (Ookie) :Urban language, synonym for dirty. First introduced in KAP by Tom Benedict. See also:http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ooky
overfly:When a kite flies over the head of the kite flyer
panorama:an image with a very wide angle of view and an aspect ratio of 2:1 or greater
PAP:Pole Aerial Photography
parafoil:a class of kite characterized by frameless construction
PeKaBe:tiny ball-bearing blocks or pullies sometimes used on Picavets.
pendulum:a means of suspension for the camera rig from the kite line
Picavet:a pendular elliptical suspension system for kite aerial photography
pole:a pole used in Pole Aerial Photography.
pulley:the lines on which picavets hang thread through pulleys to keep the picavet level
RC:radio control, R/C, also remote control
RAW:a generic term for a digital image format that has not been processed
receiver:the radio control unit attached to the camera rig that receives the signals from the operator and converts the signals into commands to the servos.
reel:the device on which kite line is wound or stored.
rig:frame or cradle that holds the camera and other remote controlled components
Rokakku:a six-sided, framed Japanese-style fighting kite
safety:Review these guidelines for safe practices!
SchiSwi:Schieppati Switch, controls a camera on a model aircraft using a channel of the remote control equipment
servo:triggers the shutter and rotate or tilt cameras on KAP rigs
soft kite:A kite without spars or supports. See also [http://www.vogelblik.nl/index.php?title=Parafoil parafoil].
Soft Rig]]:A soft material used for a picavet. [[kaperchief]]'s are an example of a Soft Rig.
spar:framework of of framed kites
spine:When viewing a framed kite vertically, the spine is the vertical center stick.
Photography using two camera's triggered simultaneously, providing depth perception from the resulting images
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Super Mini Picavet suspension. By Wolfgang Bieck, Germany
Sunny 16: Guidelines for setting the correct exposure settings
A length of material hanging from the trailing edge of the kite.
Angular orientation of a (KAP) camera with respect to the vertical
Program that informs you of the intervals between each photo and Exif information
The aft, tail or stem of a kite (or ship)
The Ultimate Camera Interval Timer (explanation or link needed)
A mechanical device for winding up a rope or wire rope
Technique for flying kites on windless days
Annual event to encourage Kappers around the world to engage in KAP