Solent Kite Flyers

Contact The Secretary Mike Lowe :
Tel: 02380 770788 Email: secretary@solentkiteflyers.co.uk
44 Bellemoor Road Shirley Southampton Hants SO15 7QU

Kite Safety

WARNING

Respect the wind conditions and the power of your kites or you will end up seriously injuring yourself or others.

Here are a few videos and links to show you what can happen when things go wrong.

Flying kites can be dangerous to yourself and other people, taking time to know the risks and problems associated with kite flying and how they can arise will save yourself and others from injury, not forgetting using your basic common sense.

Do Not Fly Kites

Avoid Flying Near

Near airports and airfields

Although the Civil Aviation Authority allow this practice, common sense says not to fly a kite anywhere at all near an airfield, 5km away is generally thought as nearest one should fly. Here is the Legislation mentioned :
Civil Aviation Authority legislation
Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 1970
The Air Navigation Order 2005
Part 8, 97(d) A kite shall not be flown at a height of more than 30 metres above ground level within the aerodrome traffic zone of a notified aerodrome during the notified operating hours of that aerodrome;

In stormy weather and thunder storms

If you fly a kite in a thunderstorm there is a good chance your kite will be hit by lightening. NO need to explain what that means. Although there may be no lightening, stormy weather can create a static build up on some lines that can be rather nasty.

Under power lines

Again common sense, get your kite stuck in power lines can be dangerous to your health. If you do get a kite wrapped around a power line then call the electricity board to remove it do not even attempt to climb up yourself.

That Are too Powerful

Some kites can be deceptive, even modest sized kites can generate a large amount of force and pull in a strong wind. Being unable to control your kite, holding on to it or being taken by surprise and lifted off the ground is not something you want to experience. An out of control kite is a dangerous kite to yourself and others.

Attached to yourself

There are some people who make the mistake of using their body as an anchor. This is not very good idea. Use a heavy weight or ground stake instead.

Without gloves

Gloves should be worn when handling lines trying to pull on a line without protection is madness, friction burns and even cuts are not that nice and are inevitable if you fail to wear gloves. You might think you can get away without wearing any with small kites that are not generating much power, but even then it isn't uncommon to get a nice burn or cut.

People

Kites hurtling to the ground and stunt kites flying low at speed can inflict terrible injuries, especially if a spar becomes loose or a taught line is swept into someone. Last thing you want to be doing is calling an ambulance and hunting for missing fingers If you set up and start flying near people they can feel threatened and intimidated, don't ruin others people enjoyment move far away from anyone and you cant go wrong. If people wonder into your flying area then make sure they know they shouldn't be there.

Water

Don't fly near water. If your kite comes down in a pond or the sea your kite could sink, or the line could sink, pulling your kite back could then damage it or your line snaps on something underneath the water You could always swim out for it though! If you are not used to being around water or familiar with the place it went down in, then entering the water can be a danger especially if you cant swim, for example, be aware of fast flowing shallow streams as they will knock you off balance.

Trees

Trees are not good for kites, get a kite stuck up in a tree and you end up with it torn or even having to abandon it. Trees can also cut lines and that's not good either.

Roads and paths

Do not fly near roads or even worse over roads. Not only is it a distraction to road users, your kite can come down in a road and create an accident, also if your kite straddles path or road and line is sufficiently tight enough, someone riding into it may literly loose their head over it.

Buildings

Flying over buildings not a good idea, a kite coming down can create injuries , damage to the property and of course not forgetting damage or even loss to your kite.

Horses and Dogs

Most common animals you will encounter are horses and dogs. Some dogs will not exactly like your kite and will attack it or just simply think it looks like a good toy. Some dogs may be scared by it, so please be polite and listen to the owners comments.

Horses spook more easily than dogs, a kite flapping around or whizzing into their view has potential to make a horse bolt. The person walking or riding the horse will not be exactly pleased, If people riding horses is a common sight in the area you are intending to fly then it might be best to find another location.

Other Kites

You shouldn't fly your kite neaer another kite, it is basic common courtesy not to encroach on others flying spaces. Know what area you need to fly in and look to see the window in which other people are flying. Set up so that your kites will never cross. This is to prevent lines from crossing, during which lines can be cut through in a fraction of a second resulting in a very annoyed owner. At best your lines will just tangle, which can take some time to sort out.