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Kites for KAP Beginners

Once you have decided to get into KAP one of the first problems you will need to solve is which kite to use. KAP kite flying is a little different to sport kiting in that the object is raise the camera without with a good margin of saftey and keep it in a steady position in the sky.  Getting to know how your kite behaves in different wind speeds is very important before you trust it with a valued camera. Very large kites can be quite difficult to handle with out building up some experience with how KAP flying works with smaller ones first. 

Always wear gloves when flying kites for KAP.

Here are 5 popular KAP kites that are proven from Bft 2 -4:

Fled 2.2 by Michael Anderson & Brooks Leffler 

 Type Size (sq m)
 Bft liftsSource
 Fled 3 spar sail
 2.3m2-3 800g Brooxes

Into the Wind kites Levitation 7' Delta by Christoph Fokken

  Type Size (m sq)
 Bft lifts Source
 3 spar delta
 1.3 2-3 500g Into the Wind Kites

Into the Wind kites Levitation 9' Delta by Christoph Fokken

  Type Size (msq)
 Bft lifts Source
 Levitation 3 spar delta
 1.9 2-4* 800gInto the wind Kites (USA)
Spider Kites (Europe)

*with strengthened spreader spar: 8mm carbon recommended

Flowform 2.0 by HQ Invento 

  Type Size (m sq)
 Bft Lifis Source
 Flowform Soft- sparless
 2 3-4 900g Online Kites

Didak Explorer 2.7 and 1.6 by Ivo van Olmen

   Type  Size (m sq) Bft  Lifts Source
 Explorer  Soft- sparless 2.7/1.6 3-4 900/700g Didak

"A characteristic of the KAP kite is: Wide wind range.

When I started doing KAP I had an Into The Wind parafoil that had about the narrowest wind range of any kite known to man. It would fly in about six knots, lift in about eight, and fall out of the sky in about ten. “Gawdawful” is how I’d describe it. Contrast that to any of the kites listed  here , you can see the problem. It was utterly unsuited for KAP."
  KAPer Tom Benedict