A Glossary of Kiting Terminology

Confused by all those strange words kiters use? Can't tell your Modulus from your axle, or a BoT from a Rev? Then read on...


Bridle
The apparatus on a horses head by which it is controlled;

Spar
An undressed tree stem of medium girth;

Cross Spar
A gibbet on which the Romans exposed malefactors, made from an undressed tree stem of medium girth;

Spine
The back of a book;

Sail
A sheet of canvas, framework of slats, or other structure, spread to catch the wind;

Drag
Tedious;

Lift
One of the layers of material in a shoe heel;

Line
That which has length without breadth or thickness;

Kite
A rapacious person.

As you can probably now appreciate, it is a non-trivial task building an efficient tethered flying machine.
Patrick heavier-than-air Prosser (pat@cs.strath.ac.uk)


If you have any suggestions for more entries in this glossary please mail them to me - anything considered!!
John Staplehurst : 5/9/96