Kite Parts are quite essential for two main reasons - Firstly, without kite parts, you would not be able to build any kites and secondly, you would not be able to repair any kites either. While they are not all important for simple kite flyers, it is quite essential to know and understand how kite parts work to really fly the kite well.
Kite parts range from different sizes and shapes to different materials and manufacturers. Their usage is quite independent of the type of kite and more dependent on the person using them. While kites are easily available in ready-to-fly forms in stores, many choose to build their own kites at home and use them outside.
Whether you are just a kite builder or a flyer who likes to build, you will need access to kite parts and also a proper understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.
The different Parts of a Kite
The basic parts of a kite are the Spine, which is usually the main stick around which the kite is built or structured. The Spar is another spine-like stick which is normally used to support the entire structure of the kite. The spine and the spar are combined, using strings or lines to make the Frame of the kite.
The frame of the kite is the most important kite part, after the spine, as it determines the shape, size and stability of the kite. An unbalanced frame will mean an unbalanced kite with poor flight patterns. The Cover of the kite is the wind-catching part of the structure. The main purpose of the cover is to act as a sail and propel the kite using wind speed. The cover can be made of paper or plastic, in the case of small kites while in larger versions used for sports, they are made of ripstop polyester in many cases.
The Bridle is another main kite part that helps in controlling the flight of the kite. The bridle consists of many strings that are connected to the main flight-control points of the kite's frame. These lines help maintain the shape of the kite in order to maintain their wind-catching posture, while also guiding the kite to do the flyer's bidding.
The bridle is always connected to the Flying line which is held by the flyer. In some kites, you may even find a Tail. The main purpose of the tail is to provide a higher degree of balance to the kites and make them more stable in flight.
While the basic parts of all kites remain the same, depending on the size and utility, the material and tools change to a large extent. In larger kites, stronger and heavier wood is used as compared to the thin sticks of a small flat or box kite. The Spine and the Spars are converted to a fiber glass frame when faced with the prospect of sport-usage as in the case of parafoil kites used in kite surfing or kite skiing.
Kite parts are quite lightweight and sturdy, ensuring that there remains a high degree of flight-worthiness without compromising on the strength and durability of the kite. All kite parts are available at most hobby stores while in the case of sport kites, their parts can be picked up at any specialized store.
Building, repairing or just learning how to fly kites, kite parts are an essential part of this fabulous journey and an interesting one too. With the amount of variety out there, you will never get bored trying out new things in kite parts.