Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • A valuable collection of late 19th and early 20th century manuscript and printed materials gathered by Abbott Lawrence Rotch is be preserved and catalogued by the Blue Hill Observatory Science Center. The material offers much insight into the state of aeronautics----and in particular kites----during the years immediately before and after the invention of the airplane.
  • Of the many kites and kite-hybrids used during World War II, one of the more novel was the rotary wing kite----the Bachstelze, or Sandpiper---used by the German submarine service. A free-turning three-blade rotor mounted on a vertical pylon attached to a simple framework, the kite was used as an observation post. The observer’s seat was unprotected. The 24-foot kite was carried aft on a tubular boom and consisted of a rudder and horizontal stabilizing surface. The observer had controls for operating the rudder and for tilting the rotor head.
  • When Eric Muhs, a physics and geometry teacher at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, goes to the South Pole next December, he’ll do cosmic ray research dealing ultimately with the question: What is the fate of the universe? He’ll be there on behalf of the National Science Foundation’s ongoing Teachers Experiencing Antarctica program.
  • Although it is all too easy to do, kite fliers are cautioned against looking at the sun for any length of time. Pilots use special sunglasses and aircraft have protective windscreens, so be advised. Australians have a mantra about exposure to sun, a real problem in a basically desert country where one might not even see a cloud in days. Slip, slop, slap is the word from Oz. Slip on a shirt, slop on a hat, and slap on the sunscreen lotion---rated 15 or higher. Sunglasses are advised as well.
  • Will Tefft, 44, of Santa Barbara, California, travels the world as a representative of a map company. He organizes mapping crews and purchases maps for resale. As a convert to kites years ago and fighters in particular, he always carries some small Indian fighters with him. He has happily flown at such disparate locales as Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where hundreds of people had kites up when he was there, and in Uzbekistan, where children only---no adults----flew odd circular kites.