A Kite is an aircraft consisting of one or more wings tethered to an anchor system. Frequently a wing of a Kite is referenced as "Kite". The necessary lift that sustains the Kite in flight is generated when air flows above the Kite's surface, producing low pressure above and high pressure below the wings. Kites may be flown recreational, artistic, spiritually or practical. Sport Kites can be flown in aerial ballet, sometimes as part of a competition. Power Kites are multi-line steerable Kites designed to generate large forces which can be used to power activities such as Kite surfing, Kite landboarding, Kite fishing, Kite buggying and snow Kiting.
Although the invention of Kites is often attributed to China, where materials ideal for Kite building were readily available: silk fabric for sail material; fine, high-tensile-strength silk for flying line; and resilient bamboo for a strong, lightweight framework, there is compelling evidence that the first simple Kites were developed in the Malay Archipelago, possibly the leaf Kites used as fishing Kites in Moluccas. The Kite has been claimed as the invention of the 5th-century BC Chinese philosophers Mozi (Mo Di) and Lu Ban (also Gongshu Ban). Ancient and medieval Chinese sources describe Kites being used for measuring distances, testing the wind, lifting men, signaling, and communication for military operations. The earliest known Chinese Kites were flat (not bowed) and often rectangular. They were decorated with mythological motifs and legendary figures; some were fitted with strings and whistles to make musical sounds and vibrations while flying. From China, Kite was introduced to Cambodia, India, Japan, Korea and western world.
In western world the Kites were used for scientific experiments. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas-François Dalibard used Kites as a tool for catching the lightning. Kites were also instrumental in the research of the Wright brothers when developing the first airplane in the late 1800s. Kites started to be used for scientific purposes, especially in meteorology, aeronautics, wireless communications and photography. The period from 1860 to about 1910 became the "golden age of kiting" in which they develop the modern hang-gliders and Power Kites. The development of mechanically powered airplane diminished interest in kites.
Today we can see Kites in Kite festivals, in special competitions and as recreational and sport tool for Kite surfing, Kite landboarding, Kite fishing, Kite buggying and snow Kiting. In Moldavite Association we have one of the best professional Kites from Elliot, Germany made from the finest materials (carbon CFK Dynamic, Dyneema lines, 2 x quilted polyester canvas). With our Kites you can fly safely, dance a aerial ballet or communicate with the wind.
Flying a Kite gives an incredible feeling, a rush of adrenalin that we absorb throu hands into our body. We experience a simillar feeling when we catch a fish. If we observe someone who flyes a Kite, we can see that the movement of a pilot resembles the Tai-Chi movement. Piloting the Kite is a spiritual dance with the wind.