It is with high-flying expectations that Verizon and Relan are providing you with this re-purposed kite created from Verizon’s own billboards! The kite is designed to be flown and enjoyed time and time again. It is even easy to repair (in case of any evil winds or trees) and comes with a quiver to keep your kite and string in one place. We have also consulted with Professor Kite of the American Kite Association to be sure you know everything you need to know to have a wonderful kite flying experience. So . . . have fun! Enjoy! See you in the sky! The Headless Hornbeam

The Hornbeam Kite was selected because it is the most forgiving kite for novice kitefliers (like us!) We named it the Headless Hornbeam because it has everything but a head . . . wings, a tail, a skeleton and without a head it has no idea where it is going! It is easy to put together (all you have to do is tie some string) and almost anyone can get the kite to fly (we’ll see about that!). The Hornbeam does not require a tail, but definitely looks beautiful with long flowing streamers so we thought we would include them.

The Headless Hornbeam kite made from old Verizon billboards

Your Kite Kit

  • One pre-assembled Verizon billboard Hornbeam kite
  • Kite flying string
  • Kite flying instructions
  • Quiver: The quiver may be used to store the kite for future flights, if it is still in one piece. Or . . . all of the pieces will fit neatly back into the quiver for future re-construction.

Assembly

  • Remove the kite, string and instructions from the quiver.
    • If you are reading this, you most likely have removed the instructions . . . but we included this step . . . just in case.
  • Lay the kite out on the table or other flat surface
    • You will notice that the sticks are on the “back side” of the kite.
    • Professor Kite says, “Sticks are like underwear, you don’t want to see them” . . . at least most people feel this way!
  • Creating the Bridle
    • Cut two lengths of string 3 times the height of the kite. Each piece should be 6 feet long.
    • Yes, it seems like a really long bridle, but Professor Kite assures us that this is the correct length.
    • Insert one end of each piece of string through the hole at the tip of the “wing”.
    • Tie securely.
    • Tie both lose ends and the end of the kite string together
    • This creates the bridle

We’re Ready to Fly!!!

Wind

Because we don’t control the wind, Professor Kite says to watch for the right kite flying conditions.

  • About 5 mile an hour to 25 mile an hour wind is best.
  • Perfect wind is 10 mile per hour at the beach!!
  • Kite will not fly without wind.
  • Remember that wind goes over and around trees and buildings. It gets bumpy and difficult to fly and can make your kite seem like a Devil Kite! Be prepared to run!

Launching your kite

Launching a kite works best with two people.

  • It is best to be in an open area away from buildings, trees and wires (like electrical wires!).
  • A beautiful sunny beach with the perfect wind (see above) is where we should all be.
  • One person holds the string.
  • One person holds the kite.
  • Stand approximately 50 feet apart from each other.
  • The wind should be at the back of the person holding the string.
  • Do NOT run to make the kite fly . . . you look really silly and it doesn’t work! Take it from us . . . we tried it!!
  • When you feel the wind, the person holding the kite lets it go!

Repair

  • If the kite rips or tears (from too many crash landings or trees and bushes), it can be easily repaired with tape.
  • The tape will not impair the flying capabilities of the kite.
  • It also will not improve the kiteflier’s ability to fly it.

Be Safe

  • Never fly in rain or lightning. Electricity in clouds is attracted to damp kite lines and foolish kitefliers.
  • Always fly kites away from airports, power lines and roads!
  • Professor Kite says, “Never be a danger to yourself or others. Slow down, take it easy and enjoy!”

Please visit the American Kitefliers Association at www.aka.kite.org Sharing Kites with the world! Thanks to a wonderful kitemaker in Minnesota, Barbara Meyer, who helped us get our kite to fly!

Relan's mission is to build a company that is focused on the education and communication of environmental and sustainable practices as it pertains to the repurposing of the over 600,000 tons of vinyl billboards and banner material produced each year. The majority of this material ends up in landfills across the country. Relan gives new life to these materials. We repurpose vinyl into usable products while helping companies communicate their sustainability mission to the world and building a revenue steam that supports the U.S. economy.

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