Introduction to Indoor Kiting
Most people are surprised to learn that it is possible to fly kites indoors. No fans are needed! Indoor kiting provides exercise and is a fast growing sport. There are now indoor kite festivals and competitions held all over the United States. Indoor kites are so lightweight that walking generates enough force to fly them. They are usually flown on fixed-length lines, often only 10-15 feet long. Most indoor kites have either 2 or 4 lines, giving the flyer great control over the kite. There are also slow and graceful single-line gliders.
The following are guidelines for indoor kite fliers who wish to fly in school gyms, recreation centers, or health clubs. Because most facilities managers will not have encountered indoor kiting before, they may not know how to respond when they are approached about using their facility. These guidelines have been developed by a group of well-known indoor kite flyers, looking at the issue from the perspective of a facility manager.
Guidelines for Use of Facilities for Indoor Kiting
1. Only kites suited for indoor use are permitted.
2. Line length should be short enough to keep the kite inside a designated flying area and below the ceiling or any fixtures hanging from the ceiling.
3. Kite flying may not prohibit the intended use of the space unless scheduled ahead of time with the management.
4. Appropriate footwear is required.
5. Care should be taken to avoid contact between kites and: walls, railings, installed sporting equipment such as back boards, hoops, or nets, etc (unless such contact is first cleared with the management).