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Where and when does anyone fly kites in Abq? Just for fun As a group As a club

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Kite Flying Enthusiasts - Is Anyone Out There? 6 Replies

Started by Ben Franz. Last reply by Ron & Linda May 8, 2011.

Edgewood Wind Festival 2011 1 Reply

Started by Ben Franz. Last reply by Ron & Linda Mar 20, 2011.

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Comment by Ron & Linda on April 28, 2008 at 3:41pm
Being fairly new to ABQ I am trying to find where and when people fly - If indead they do. On my travels around here I dont see any or I am in the wrong place..... Where do you go and when ....... Lets get a group going - The AKA started here in ABQ now its gone
Comment by Ron & Linda on April 30, 2008 at 8:16pm
There was a kite festival weekend run by a family care group here in Abq 2 yr ago, Then last year nothing. BUT one weekend isnt enough.
I was club president in Adelaide Sth Aust for 4 years also was an AKA member and a member of the JKA. Its time to blow off the dust and get to a park. Yes I am a kiwi and lived in Au for 30yrs now here with my US wife. Thats where the cherokiwi comes from as her heritage is cherokee. I will check the forum.
Comment by Fenton Ayres on May 2, 2008 at 9:47am
I used to live in Los Lunas many, many years ago and there used to be fields there. In Albuquerque I used to go to Bullhead but that has not been a great place to go for a while. I would love to hear about locations though because this is something I enjoy but that I have not been able to do for sometime because of not knowing of any good locations. Any suggestions would definitely be welcomed!
Comment by Ron & Linda on May 4, 2008 at 7:33am
Hi again - We will have to check out Lousiana SE....
I have an EDO, some self made and several bought ones. The biggest problem I found here in Abq is getting sticks/dowels long enough, Maybe you have places to buy at least 9ft lengths. For the price of the bought ones around $10 at Sams you would be silly not to buy -
Comment by Ron & Linda on May 11, 2008 at 4:42pm

Edgewood had their annual "Wind Festival" Here a couple of pics from the day.
Comment by Ron & Linda on May 13, 2008 at 2:42pm
We were there most of the day.. Sunny and ficle wind... It was a great day and a really good turnout. Everyone was friendly and helped each other if needed. There were some great kites of all shapes and sizes. Asking around about clubs etc. everyone flew by themselves or with a friend at a school etc. We need to get a group going.....
Comment by Mr. What on June 18, 2008 at 3:37pm
I have RC planes, and bought 1 nice sport parafoil.
(I have several common kites)

The parafoil needs a fairly strong, steady wind. It stalls easily.
I tend to crash a lot, even in good wind. It is hard to keep it in the
power zone, and even slight wind shifts make that zone smaller ... and ... stall.

I intend to try a typical 2-string delta. Perhaps someday a larger parafoil
that can fly in less wind.
Comment by Ron & Linda on June 19, 2008 at 6:00pm
GDay Mr What
I too had rc aircraft, my main interest was sailplanes and aerotow.
With the parafoil do you use a wrist strap - if Yes - try getting a broom handle about 3' long and attach the lines to it. Acts like handlebars on a bike with invisible center stem which you need to keep in your head. Works great
Comment by TJ on August 4, 2008 at 7:28pm
This is the first of any (though small) groups I've seen in the area for kites.
I've been here a few years and the best place I've found to go around the city is probably the open space between Unser and the volcanoes. A short hike, maybe 15-20 minutes, climb over the volcanic rock and you can usually get pretty good winds off the top of the mesa. Plenty of room up there to get well away from the power lines. The ground is a bit rough, beware of high desert flora, brush, and the occasional small snake.

The only other 'good' place that I can think of..... I believe, for $20 dollars a year, the balloon park will lease out a key to access the north take off fields. Obviously accessible only when nothing else is happening. I have yet to check it out, but I bet it makes for great kiting. There may not be enough room for any huge power kites to buggy or scuddle you around the field if its busy, but lots o' room for single, dual, and quad line kites.
Comment by Mateo on August 18, 2008 at 3:41am
Hello Everyone, I've just recently moved here from Cleveland, OH and found the strong breezes that come off the lake to be perfect for flying. But since I've been here I've tried to get out to find open spaces that aren't too rough in terrain but far from power lines. I found a small spot near the airport, called USS Bullhead Memorial park at the end of San Pedro DR SE. It has baseball and Rugby Fields a little muddy, but nice. If you have any other Places reply.

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