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Welcome to the world of TRACTIONtm kites.

With a TRACTIONtm kite you will literally be able to hold your dreams in your hands. Your TRACTIONtm kite will open new horizon for you. Whatever use you are going to have for your TRACTIONtm, we know it will give you full satisfaction.

In this users guide, you will find answers to many of your questions. It is important to read this guide and to be familiar with all the details concerning the maintenance and proper handling of your TRACTIONtm kite.

First Flight

Most of the TRACTIONtm kites have been tested and are ready to fly when they leave the Concept Air workshop. Take the kite out of its bag and keep the bag in a safe place. Put the kite on the ground and unfold it against the wind. Open the wings and place some sand on the trailing edge of the kite which is into the wind. This insures that the kite will not blow around while you finish to setup. When the kite is unfolded, you will see the two handles with four lines wound on them. Hold the handles in one hand at the part covered with rubber and start unwinding the lines while you are walking backwards against the wind. When you come near the end of the lines, you will notice that there are several windings of the brake lines(smaller lines) remaining on the handles while the big lines are free. This is normal and this is in fact a safety measure.

It prevents the TRACTIONtm kite from launching inadvertently or blowing around in the wind while you are winding or unwinding the lines. Unwind the brake lines and grasp the handles on their non-curved part(top), making sure that you have the violet handle in your right hand.

If you need to untangle the lines, always do it with the handles in the,"stop" position. That is, with the brake lines engaged and the main control lines loose. If you get used to winding and unwinding the lines in the same way every time you use the kite, there should be no tangles in the lines. The main control lines(bigger ones) and break lines(smaller) are always of different colors to make them easy to recognize.

With the wind at you back, lines free of tangles or wraps, and ready to fly, hold the handles in the "stop" position (bottom of the handles toward your stomach). Grasp the handles at the top of the non-curved portion and put your index fingers over the lines. Starting with your arms fully extended, sweep your arms back toward you (and to the side, if necessary), pulling the two handles so as to pull only the main control lines and not the brakes lines. Your kites should take off and Move to a position directly above you. Make sure to hold the handles firmly and keep your movements small and smooth.

To maneuver your TRACTIONtm kite, just pull one of the top control lines at a time to turn it. Returning your hands to a neutral position(both hands together) will stop the turn. Puling on the opposite hand will turn the kite in the other direction. Always return your hands to a neutral position to stop a turn. Keep your hands in front of your body and about chest level for maximum control. When making your first few flights with the kite, fly only in light winds and make your maneuvers with the kite high in the sky.

After you can make few turns, try making "figure 8, S" in the sky to increase your control and skill level. At this point you should be learning to understand the control and movement of your TRACTIONtm kite and not trying to get the maximum performance out of it. It will take only a short time to understand the basic principles of flying the kite. One thing to remember is that the closer you fly your kite to the ground and the more directly downwind your kite is, the more the kite will generate a pulling force.

Landing the kite (stop flying)

To land the kite, use the handles to pull gently on both brakes simultaneously. This braking action disrupts the airflow over the kite(partially stall it) causing it to lose power and settle to the ground. Once the kite is on the ground, hold the handles in the "stop" position to insure that the kite does not relaunch before you are ready for it to fly again. In stronger winds, don’t hesitate to grab both "rope" from handles(where breaks are attach) with one hand , pull it hardly and keep that position until the kite is on the ground and you are able to wind the break lines around back part of the handles for about 8-10 turns. Now the kite cant take off anymore.

An other good technique to land a TRACTIONtm kite, is to put the kite over your head and bring it at the edge of the window where there is less power and then bring it to the ground and put full break.

As an exercise, launch and land the kite several times in close succession until this maneuver begins to feel more natural. Do the same exercise in many different wind conditions and in different parts of the wind window in order to become familiar with how the kite reacts in different wind conditions.

Storage after flying

After landing the TRACTIONtm kite, hold the handles in the "stop" or braked position with one hand so that the kite does not relaunch inadvertently. With the other hand, wind the brake lines about 10 times around the lower part of the handles(where the brake lines attach). Taking up on the brake lines in this manner will prevent the kite from getting into the air again and flying. Once you have made 10 wraps with the brake lines, gather all four lines together and continue winding the lines on the handles until you come to the point near where the lines attach to the bridles.

Secure the lines on the handles by placing the free end of the lines between the handles(at the top) and pulling it down until it is secured by the rubber on the handles. This will prevent the line from unwinding and becoming tangled. Fold the kite in thirds from tip to tip and continue folding the kite until its width will fit in the carrying bag. Open the kite one fold and place all of the bridles and attaching lines up on the kite. Make the final fold again and place the handles on the kite near the trailing edge; then roll the kite toward its leading edge. At this point you should have a neat package which will fit easily into carrying bag.

Maintenance

* Don’t store the kite for long periods of time in its carrying bag while it is wet or damp.
* Don’t expose the kite to the sun for long periods if not actually flying.
* Do not stuff the kite in the bag — fold it neatly each time it is used.
* Clean well after use, especially if the kites has come into contact with salt water.
* To clean the kite, just use a water-moistened cloth without any cleaning agents or rinse it with water hose.
* After the kite is dry, shake off all of the loose sand from the material.
* Remove any sand which might have been deposited in the corners or the kite.
* Inspect the lines and bridles regularly to detect unusual chafing and wear; replace lines before they become a problem.
* Small holes(less than 1 inch) in the sail of the kite can be repaired with self adhesive nylon rip-stop material.
* Major damage will require professional repair-contact your dealer for assistance or call us directly.

Safety

* Fly far from overhead power lines airports, crowds, streets, buildings, trees, or vehicles.
* Never fly during a thunderstorm or when expecting stormy weather.
* Know the limit of your kite are as well as your own limits are in the within them.
* Never fly TRACTIONtm over a crowd.
* TRACTIONtm kites are very powerful and potentially dangerous in the hands of inexperienced persons or children. New flyers should be closely supervised by a responsible, experienced flyer who can prevent a dangerous situation from developing.
* It is strongly recommended that safety equipment, such as helmet, gloves, elbow and knee protectors be use to prevent injuries.
* It is also recommended that a harness be used while flying a TRACTIONtm kite. You will use less energy and be able to fly for a longer period of time before becoming tired.
* While you are practicing KITESURFING/FLYSURFING we strongly suggest to wear floating vest, wet suit or dry suit, helmet, gloves. Better doing it with others peoples. Never do maneuver that could put you or others peoples in a dangerous position.
* In case of emergency, stay calm and think about the best way to come back in a safer position.

**CONCEPT AIR KITES, ATELIER DE LA GLISSE INC AND 2856-7006 Quebec inc, as well as their employees, distributors, and dealers deny all responsibility for injuries and damages resulting from the utilization of their products in all circumstances.**

Glossary

Front lines: Or power lines connecting the handles with the lines attaching to and controlling the front(leading edge) of the kite.

Brake lines: Lines which brake the kite by lifting the tail, stalling the kite or causing it to lose speed.

Leading edge: The first 1/3 part of the kite when flying into the wind; where the wind enters the foil of the kite.

Trailing edge: The lower part of the kite where the wind exits the kite.

Bridle: The combination of lines which link the kite to the control lines; gives the final shape to the kite and has an important effect on its performance.

V.S.S: Variable Speed System and adjustment of the bridle which permits the user to change the angle of attack of the wing to adjust for varying wind conditions.

Stalling: When there is not enough air flowing over the foil 2/3 1/3 rule ; causes the kite to fall toward the ground; using the brake lines and pulling it all the way back, also stalls the kite but in a controllable manner.

Wind Window: The aerial space where the kite can fly without stalling. At the edges of this window, the kite will cease flying and stall.

TRACTIONtm registered trademark by Concept Air

Warning !

CONCEPT AIR KITES

Their enployees, retailers, distributors and suppliers, decline all liability for any accidents and / or damages that may arise from the use of any of their products.

TRACTIONtm kites are very powerful and we strongly suggest any user to be safe when use it. Be sure to know how to fly it.

Always use appropriate safety equipment (floating vest, helmet,gloves, etc.)

TRACTIONtm power kites cannot be used for paragliding or parascending.

Fly it far from people, electric lines, railway, road.

Dont fly it during rain storm, hurricane.

HAVE FUN AND NICE BREEZE.


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