Second time to write a story to the category of "lessons learned"
Just about a week ago I was flying (and KAPing) above Korcula, Croatia. Wind was smooth and weak so it took some time to reach some high with long line.
Basically I felt that I succeeded so I started to reel my kite down when my family came back from sightseeing explaining me that tourists were discussing about what was flying above the old city.
I was smiling and kept reeling the line. A small group of youngsters came to me and asked what I was doing. They came from Belgium and were nice people so I let them hold my spool and fly my kite.
Also explained KAP and they really enjoyed the pull of my dopero.
All of a sudden I heard some noise... some terrible and frustrating noise.
I told them that a helicopter is approaching as I hear and give my spool back-they were not so fast (did not realize the problem)
Grabbed my spool and was winding so fast my line as I could. By this time the kite was only in 40-50 meters high and the rig was almost on the ground.
I thought that the army copter will see my kite (3*2 meters) but they did not make any turns just continued getting closer.
I started to run to the opposite direction with kite to pull it out of the way. They made a f*cking turn towards the same direction. Like a cat and a mouse.
BAD BAD GAME
My kite almost got hit by the helicopter just missed with like 5-8 meters. Also almost "tangled" into my line. I dropped lots of line so it made a curve and the helicopter flew in that small bay of free area.
Neither my kite and the heli were higher than 40 meters as we saw it. There is no reason to fly so low!!!!!
And that was it. No one was injured. No problem occured
I've got my kite to the ground, Belgian guys and girls took a look at my photos wife asked how dangerous it was...
I put my rig into the box, the kite into it's bag and continued visiting the old town.
After 10 minutes when the adrenaline was gone I had to sit down to a bench. Was sitting there for a while.
Why did it fly so low?
How could it not see my kite? Sun was behind the copter
How can I avoid such situation?
Of course it was my fault -but could happen to anyone. Any solution?
Smooth winds for all of you and free air of helicopters for you