A photo of Berck sur Mer beach at the 2019 kite festival, just before a massive rain shower.

Once more unto the beach dear friends…….

Well, it’s been 4 your since our last post but we haven’t been totally idle in that time. As well as a bit of kite flying here and there we have been off pursuing other things. You know, generally relaxing. So what has driven this return to the blog? Read on. The Prologue Many years […]

Vented-2G Flute 4 line Kite

The 2G – Vietnamese 4 line Kite – Vented

Things are moving on apace with testing of the quad version of a Vietnamese Flute kite.  Good news though, it now has a name.  Let us introduce you to the 2G. Lots of testing has been going on since we first flew this 4 line kite back in June 2014.  It was good then, it’s even […]

Quad Line Vietnamese Flute Kite

Quad Line Vietnamese Flute Kite

It’s not often that a new kite comes along that is at once familiar and at the same time new and exciting.  That is just what has happened with the new quad kite developed by Cao Quan from Vietnam.  A seamless blend of modern and traditional kite making skills. Kites have been made in Vietnam […]

Dieppe Kite Festival 2014

Dieppe Kite Festival 2014 – France

Set in the beautiful countryside of the Haute-Normandie region of northern France, Dieppe is an historic town, strategically important since the 11th Century.  There is a magnificent Chateau and an eclectic mix of architecture that add a sense of character and history to the town.  All this was the back drop to the Dieppe Kite Festival 2014, one of […]

Dunstable Downs Kite Festival 2014

Dunstable Downs Kite Festival 2014

Last year’s annual Dunstable Downs Kite Festival was the best attended on record.  That is until now. The Dunstable Downs Kite Festival 2014 was a weekend of hot summer sun, cool gentle breezes and kites, kites, kites!   The festival has the special mixture of  wonderful displays of colour, shapes and sounds for the public and at the same […]


Berck sur Mer Kite Festival 2014

The world famous Berck sur Mer Kite Festival (Rencontres Internationales de Cerfs–Volants ) is without question one of the must attend festivals on the kite circuit.  With everything kite related from miniature kites to the world’s largest kite,  art kites to sport kites, banners to wind gardens this festival really does have it all and in […]

Sky Shark Spars

Testing Times – It’s a Frame Up!

As you finish sewing the final Dacron reinforcements onto the sail it is easy to think the kite is nearly finished!  However, there is still a lot of decisions to make and construction left to do.  First on my list was choosing the right spars for the job.  Comparative spar stiffness and weight is a […]

Gee Thomas

Testing Times – Where to begin?

So here it is, the second installment and the real beginning of the story. Two years ago Gee Thomas turned up to one of The Flying Squad’s team practice with a new dual line team kite he had designed.  In fact, he had made a whole set!  These kites looked fantastic with the panel layout […]