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Name: ted theis
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Date: Around 1993

I want to build a kite large enough to lift freshmen off the ground to about 50 feet in the air. How big should I build this kite? The weight limit will be about 100 pounds, with student and gear.

I cannot give you any exact answers, but I hope to be able to steer you to where you might find the answers yourself. First, let me say that I hope this is a theoretical application as I am sure you can understand how potentially dangerous it would be to actually try this. What I would suggest is to visit your local sports store and inquire about hang-gliders. These are in effect "human kites." You can get a manufac- turer's address from the supplier and contact them by writing or perhaps long distance phone. No doubt they can supply information on the engineer- ing of their products.

Finally, once again, this type of kite flying would be very dangerous I and I would not recommend it. You can see the safety features one uses when hang-gliding and could inquire at hospitals regarding injury statistics for hang-gliders. You would certainly be responsible for any injuries.


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