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      Aerial Eye:

      The Aerial Eye was a quarterly journal about kite aerial photography.


      Aft:

      The tail or stern of a kite or ship. In kite jargon, this is also the trailing edge.


      AKA :

      American Kitefliers Association


      Anchor:

      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.


      Aspect ratio:

      In a rectangle, the comparative relationship between two adjoining sides.

       

      AuRiCo:

      Automatic Rig Control, an electronic device to control a rig.

       

      AutoKAP:

      KAP in which a timing device is used to repeatedly trigger a camera shutter and/or control the camera rotations.



      B

      BAP:

      balloon or Blimp Aerial Photography

      Batut:
      Arthur Batut is the father of Kite Aerial Photography (KAP).

      BEAK©
      :

      The Brooxes Electric AutoKAP Kit takes pictures automatically while you fly the kite.


      Beaufort scale:

      In KAP discussions, wind strength is often refered to in a Beaufort (Bft) value.


      Becot modification:

      Modifications to a parafoil kite that improve stability in stronger winds without using a tail.


      Block:

      A pulley that some picavets use.


      Bow:

      Either the leading edge of a kite or the bend of a spar or spine of a kite.


      Bridle:

      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.


      Bubble panoramas:

      A full 360 degrees panorama showing the entire surroundings. These panoramas can be made by stitching two or more (fisheye) images together.

       

      C

      Camera rig:

      See Rig.

       

      Carabiner:

      A small metal loop with a sprung, hinged gate to attach or detach line.

       

      Carp pole:

      A pole on which you attach a camera rig, from which you take photographs

       

      CHDK:

      A firmware enhancement that operates on a number of Canon Cameras

       

      Collar rig:

      A type of camera rig for kite aerial photography

       

      Counter:

      A device that (remotely) counts the number of shutter releases

       

      CVCF:

      Cerf-Volant Club de France or French Kiters Club

       

      D

      Delta:

      A family of framed kites characterized by their triangular wings.

       

      Discussion forum:

      Many--if not most--English language KAP discussions take place at Cris Benton's forum

       

      Dopero:

      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.

       

      E

       

      Eight:

      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. 

       

      Enblend:

      An application that smooths the density transitions between stitched or merged photographs, such as multi-image- panoramas.


      Exif:

      EXchangeable Image File format

       

      Eyebolts:

      The lines on which the picavet hangs pass through eyebolts.

       

      F

      FAA:

      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.

       

      Flickr:

      A Web site for displaying and sharing photographs, where many kappers post their photos.

       

      FLiBB:

      Fesseldrachen Luftbildtage in Bad Bevensen

       

      Flowform:

      Popular with many KAPers. Flowforms are soft, sparless kites, invented by Robert Sutton.

       

      Fore:

      the bow (rhymes with cow), front, nose, or leading edge or area of a kite or ship.

       

      Forum:

      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.

       

      G

      Gamma Hook:a device to connect your kite line to the anchor strap or line

       

      gentLED:

      A range of devices for triggering the shutter or zoom of cameras remotely

       

      H

       

      Hangups©:

      Lightweight connectors for attaching a Picavet suspension to the kite line

       

      Helikite:A combination of a balloon and kite

       

      I

      Image stitching:
      The combining of more than one adjacent image to form a larger image

       

      Intervalometer:
      A timer that automatically takes a picture at intervals

       

      IR:
      A camera's infra-red sensors for use with remote controls

       

      J

       

      JKPA:
      Japan Kite (aerial) Photography Association

       

      K

      KAP:
      Kite Aerial Photography

       

      KAPanorama:
      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.
      KAPiCA:
      Kite Aerial Photography in California

       

      KAPiFrance:
      Kite Aerial Photography in France

       

      KAPiSco:
      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

      L

      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

       

      M

      mini-KAPiCA:an informal gathering KAP enthusiasts, such the event of 12 April 2008 at Bayfront Park in Menlo Park, California

       

      N

      O

      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

       

      P

      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

       

      Q

      R

      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

       

      S

      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.


      Stereo Photography:

      Photography using two camera's triggered simultaneously, providing depth perception from the resulting images


      Stitching, Image:

      New page to be created from original site data, link to be inserted here.


      SuMiPi:

      Super Mini Picavet suspension. By Wolfgang Bieck, Germany


      Sunny 16: Guidelines for setting the correct exposure settings
       
       

      T

       

      Tail:

      A length of material hanging from the trailing edge of the kite.


      Tilt:

      Angular orientation of a (KAP) camera with respect to the vertical


      TimeStamp:

      Program that informs you of the intervals between each photo and Exif information


      Trailing edge:

      The aft, tail or stem of a kite (or ship)


      TUCIT:

      The Ultimate Camera Interval Timer (explanation or link needed)
       

      U

       

      V

      VR:

      Virtual Reality


      W

      Winch:

      A mechanical device for winding up a rope or wire rope

       

      Windless KAP:

      Technique for flying kites on windless days

       

      World Wide KAP Week:

      Annual event to encourage Kappers around the world to engage in KAP


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