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Delta Conyne


The Delta Conyne or DC is a framed kite that incorporates design features of the Delta and the Conyne. Like the Delta, setup only involves attaching the cross spar. The leading edge and vertical spars stay in place during storage.

The dihedral sail panels coming off the leading vertical spar make this design more stable than most delta designs. DCs have a strong tendency to overfly and tails are recommended at all wind speeds. The large trailing edge of the DC and the Delta make these kites perfectly suited for "long line" launches when surface winds are too light to get the kite into the stronger higher winds.

The open central panel makes the DC a prime candidate for trains, allowing for the kite line to pass through to each kite. The 6 ft. DC is too small for most KAP uses but would be ideal in a train setup.

Flying Angle Line Pull @ 2Bft
6 ft. span+50°6 ft. span?
9.5 ft. span+50°9.5 ft. span11#
13 ft. span+50°13 ft. span32#
Sail Area Wind Range
6 ft. span? ft26 ft. span2 - 3 Bft
9.5 ft. span29.4 ft29.5 ft. span1 - 3 Bft
13 ft. span40 ft213 ft. span1 - 3 Bft
Recommended Line Availability
6 ft. span50#2(See  Links   for plans and retailers)
9.5 ft. span150#2
13 ft. span225#2


(If you use this kite send your about it for inclusion below.)


David Hunt- (July 22, 2001)
At 2Bft the 9.5ft DC will only be able to lift a 1# (454g) cradle with any consistancy.
At Bft 3 the 9.5ft DC will be able to lift 1.5# - 2.0# (680g - 907g)

Walter Anderson- (March 17, 2002)
[Walter supplied the pull data for the 13.5 DC and had these comments]
I flew this kite [13.5 DC] the next day and was able to lift a 22oz rig with only 4-5mph winds! [2 Bft] Unfortunately the fish scale did not survive the 19mph gust from the day before.
Jim Ratliff- (April 30, 2004)
I have a Sun Oak 9.5 foot DC that I use for KAP. It is a very reliable and stable flier. I'm never disappointed in its flying characteristics. The bridle can be adjusted for various wind conditions. It is easy to assemble, attractive and floats in a controlled way during lulls in the wind.
See Wind Speed for explanation of Beaufort Scale (Bft)