Articles

  • Flying to very high altitudes may be the most visceral of emotions for the new kite flier. It’s so easy to just continue to let out line until your kite is out of sight – only you know that the line you’re holding is connected to a flying object far out of sight. After this first experience, most of us move on, saying, “Been there, done that,” and really never test the upper limits of our personal flying spaces. But some continue to find ways to go higher and higher.
  • Taking advantage of the electronic communications age, the Alexander Graham Bell Institute at University College of Cape Breton, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, several years ago decided to make available on a worldwide basis the vast trove of Bell material on file at the Bell Museum in nearby Baddeck. Baddeck is where Bell had his estate and laboratories. Ron MacNeil, an engineering instructor, received the assignment and promptly set up a project to index 20,000 of the Bell papers, using students to scan the pages and create an index to be placed on-line.
  • In the late 19th century, dozens of clever scientist around the world sensed that the invention of the airplane was approaching and that kites would be a key element on the road to discovery. Among them was Alexander Graham Bell, rich and famous since the age of 29, after inventing the telephone in 1876.
  • Almost a year ago, Richard Synergy of Toronto flew a kite l4,509 feet into the air to set a single kite altitude record. It was the culmination of l0 years of effort. With the mark now headed for the Guinness Book of World Records, Synergy looks back and says the whole thing was well worth the effort. Unable to get commercial sponsorship, he basically pulled it off alone, backed by a loyal volunteer crew, and he estimates he spent $70,000 on the project out of his own pocket during the decade. “
  • A longtime expatriate American, Bauman manages a geophysical services group for a firm in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His group does near surface work and focuses on exploring for water and studying contamination sites. It involves itself as well in archeology, engineering, and the search for resources. Originally from Boston, Bauman has degrees from Princeton and the University of Waterloo in Ontario. In recent years he has frequently used kite aerial photography in archeological work and in the study of industrial areas with stressed vegetation.
  • The Drachen Foundation recently expanded its Board of Directors from six to eight. Added were Dave Lang, of Seattle, a veteran aerospace engineer, and Jose Sainz, of San Diego, renowned for his beautiful, elaborate kites with Indian motifs which reflect his personal Aztec heritage. “For us to grow,’ says Ali Fujino, Administrator of Drachen, “we needed some new viewpoints. Lang with his strong scientific background and Sainz with his refined esthetic sense bolster the Foundation in these two important areas.”