Single line kite stability 2023

I’ve been trying to understand why kites don’t fly, ever since, as a smartarse young engineer, I expected to set the world of kitemaking to rights in short order when I made a kite for our first child in 1973. Ah, hubris! It didn’t fly (of course)- setting in motion a life-long obsession with kites that has left my longsuffering wife in despair at times, has had a few successes, but hasn’t produced the coherent, predictive understanding of single line kite stability which I thought would take a matter of weeks back then.

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