I'm currently favouring an autoKAP using clockwork motors to trip the shutter a set number of times and hopefully to rotate the camera so that we can build panorama shots. I have an older and lighter digital camera which is also relatively expendable if things go wrong. I may also build an 'ultralight' rig based on one of those mini-digital cameras for light wind use. We also have some GoPros Heroes within the team which may warrant further rigs.
After some very intermittent uptime and quite a lot of downtime, 'The Tankerton Kiter' is now very much live again. My server has had a serious overhaul (now running a proper server OS) and my broadband connection should have been upgraded by now. The flying sites section now includes live weather links for all sites and I would be interested to hear if these are accurate for all users. The weather links currently load in a new tab or windows but I intend that they should eventually load in a pop-up. I'm keen to get some feedback before I go ahead with the extra coding.
I flew at Capstone this Sunday (10.45 - 1.15), not sure I can recommend it as a regular fly-in, 2 major drawbacks (forgetting for the moment the possible flying-height limit and walk from the Car-park) the first is that the toilets are closed and the second is the extraordinary amount of dogs and their untrained owners. Very few families were there they tend to park and stay at the lake end, its just appears to be a dog walking area and sadly some of them treated it as if it was solely their province. I had Great Danes trying to get at my Igel Ball, Alsatians walking all over my Red Baron (which had just looped into the ground) and in neither case did their owners bother to call them off, in the meantime a few others deliberately walked as close to the flying lines as they could not realising the danger caused by a gusting wind. To be fair most were respectful and kept a safe distance, but the (stupid) few made it a slightly uncomfortable morning but perhaps I am too sensitive to these things. Although the field was busy and never had less than half a dozen people going round it I only saw 2 "family groups" for the whole time I was there.
Worth noting that Capstone is a regular haunt for the Scouts Power kite team and also other power kiters. We're planning to up there on Sunday 8th Dec (after 2 postponements!) by the way. Otherwise, I agree with the comments.
The new version of 'The Tankerton Kiter' (www.thetankertonkiter.co.nr) is now up for testing on a temporary server (as mine is down due to building work). It's not at all complete as yet (no interactive map and some links not finished) and I've noted that several links in the flying site database are now dead (mostly down to KCC!). Any comments welcome, particularly for the 'mobile' version although this is more incomplete. If you could give details of what device (ie phone, iPad etc and iOS or Android) it would help (I've noticed a few issues with links on my iPhone 5s). Many thanks.