Since the dawn of traction kiting we have been coming up with clever ideas to make your kiting experiences better, and rather than looking at the competition we have always relied on our own 4 decades of design experience.
The design goal for the second generation Aero was not only to improve overall performance but also to improve its user-friendliness.
To strike the perfect balance between performance and refinement every detail, no matter how small, counts. This is why we have purposefully tuned even the smallest design element. Every panel, every bridle line and every internal rib has been meticulously shaped and measured to fit its function and vastly improve the kites aerodynamic properties. From the technologically innovative leading edge to the mini ribs on the trailing edge, every aspect of the wing breathes out-and-out performance.
Read on to find out what we did to ensure enhanced performance across the board.
At Peter Lynn we recognise that, like in motorsports, aerodynamics largely determine performance. This is why we put a lot of effort into reducing turbulence and unwanted drag.
To truly think outside the box in kite design, one has to think outside of the possibilities that specialised professional CAD applications for designing kites and paraglider canopies offer.
In the Aero this translates into the specially shaped panels in the Leading edge. Traditionally each panel is a straight piece of fabric but since it is impossible to bend a flat surface in cord as well as in span without creating creases and/or folds, our designer has come up with a combination of two pre-shaped panels that allow the topskin to bulge freely to form a smooth, aerodynamically advanced leading edge. This construction is further complimented with a curved seam that prevents creasing in the area where the LE panels connect to the main canopy panels.
To minimize turbulence along the Trailing edge of the kite, mini ribs have been placed between the ribs. These ribs have been sewn onto a seam that curves into the seam of the adjacent rib, effectively removing a potential weak spot and ensuring a strong construction. To make optimum use of the mini ribs, the Brake bridle point have been moved forward to create a flap, this flap allows you to position the kite with more precision, vastly improving the kite’s downwind performance.
The Aero’s high Aspect Ratio and high cell count make for a very thin and slick wing. The high number of cells ensure the wings dimensional stability and prevents deforming of the designed shape. The High Aspect ratio makes the kite cut upwind like a knife and allows for high flying speeds. Each cell has its own aspect ratio to make the wing as efficient as possible and create a highly dimensionally stable wing.
The inside of the kite is designed to maximize dimensional stability and to reduce the need for bridle points. The tension straps running along the bottom skin is a technical detail borrowed from the Twinskin/Arc design and ensures proper bulging of the bottom skin while keeping the tension in check. The clever D and H Ribs allow for evenly spaced out bridle points and create a very rigid frame. Strategically placed cross vents ensure fast inflation and even pressure throughout the wing.
To accomplish maximum performance across the entire range of sizes we do not scale up or down. That is why each individual size has its very own design parameters, cell count, profile thickness and Aspect Ratio. This ensures optimal performance in each size as well as synergized handling, feel and balance across the range.
Designed with racing in mind the Aero is tuned as sharp as possible without sacrificing stability. Positioned at the edge of the wind window the kite delivers thrilling speed and an hard matched upwind drive.
Built with only high-tech, ultra-light weight materials the Aero performs in the lightest of breezes, yet it’s sophisticated design and large depower range assure you remain in control when the wind picks up. The kite’s handling feedback and responsive steering add to a feeling of control throughout the entire range giving the Aero a large and balanced ‘sweetspot’.
The Internal construction allows for evenly spaced out bridle points which in turn allow for a drastic reduction in overall bridle length. As the B and C rows have less stress to endure our designer has tuned each individual line to be as thin and light weight as possible. The bridle itself is constructed out of the highest grade Liros® DC 100% Dyneema® lines.
As the A bridle gets to endure the highest stresses the bridle tabs for the A row are reinforced with a double stitched Dacron patch for strength. The B and C rows are reinforced with a lightweight round nylon patch to save overall weight.
The Aero’s speed system is constructed with 2×2 Ronstan® Orbit pulleys, these high quality pulleys weigh only 9grams and allow for loads up to 250Kg. And since the line goes through the bearing it will always stay connected even in the rare case the pulley gets damaged.
Like any performance specific gear it is built out of extremely light weight materials which are more prone to damaging and/or stretching. While we have chosen only the highest quality materials it is still necessary to carefully maintain the kite, special attention should be paid to the bridling and speed system.