I've been flying the wonderful ITW Triton Kite for some years now and is still doing me proud.
However, I've noticed that in choppy winds it can have the disconcerting habit of turning over and darting to the ground.
It usually happens when the wind is a bit gusty, or there is a wind shadow to climb out of, the wind drops, the kite starts to bank and wheel.
As a first move to stabilize I add a tail, which usually inhibits the tendency in slightly choppy winds, and stops it from summersaulting. And then there are the adjustments to the different pulling angles and the tension line etc. But sometimes it's just a bit too variable and you need to keep on guard.
Until yesterday I've always been fairly successful at controlling it. When the kite begins to turn and there is pull on the line, give a quick drop of slack, it will turn up, pull back and it will climb out. Even at times when i've been looking at my feet while hoping over rocks only to turn round and see it nose first, tail up hurtling to the ground, this same action works. The kite will roll round to the side, sharp pull scoots you sideways, another slack, then pull and its nice and up again.
Yesterday was different. No matter what I did, after entering a downward trend there were only 2 responses I could elicit. Straight down slowly, and straight down quickly.
The kite landed unharmed, the camera faired somewhat worse.
Whether it was the wind – the kite had been struggling in test flights at the lower altitudes going from a good pull to suddenly floating backwards (related to turbulance form a stand of trees?) - or perhaps just me being tired and slow to respond, but I was wondering if anyone else come across this kind of behaviour and what your coping techniques are?