KAP jargon

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A

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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