Introduction to the Revolution Indoor Kite
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. Recently young Connor Doran brought recognition to the sport when he flew his indoor revolution kite on America’s Got Talent. Indoor kites are so lightweight that just walking generates enough force to fly them. Revolution indoor kites weigh just 5.6 ounces. They have four lines (strings) connected to two handles, which gives the flier great control over direction and speed of the kite. The lines are a fixed length, usually just 10-15 feet long.
The following are guidelines for indoor kite flies who wish to use 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 respected kite fliers who considered the issue from a facility manager’s perspective.
Guidelines for Use of Facilities for Indoor Kiting
1. Only kites suited for indoor use are permitted. Note: Revolution zero wind kites are made solely for indoor use.
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 for the space is required (usually no black soles).
5. Care should be taken to avoid contact between kites and: fixtures, walls, railings, installed sporting equipment such as backboards, hoops, or nets, etc., unless such contact is first cleared with the management.