Western Pennsylvania's Premier Kiting Community
" Frequently Asked Questions"
Q: Are there regular meetings or flies in the Pittsburgh area?
A: Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club holds monthly flies, and many members also participate in local community events. For a complete list of monthly fly dates, and other events that Fly Pittsburgh members will be participating in... Return to Fly Pittsburgh HOME PAGE!
Q: Where does Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club hold it's flies?
A: Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club holds monthly flies at Cooper's Lake Campground on the first Sunday of each month from March through December (except for August, which is held at the Treesdale Community Center fields). Cooper's Lake Campground is located in Butler county, not far from Moraine State Park (click Cooper's Lake or Treesdale links above for driving directions).
Q: What happens at your flies and events?
A: Generally our flies are just fun flies, of which members gather to enjoy each others company, and share our common interest, hobby and sport of kite flying. Since our flies are basically all day events, we pack lunches, and make sure that we bring plenty to drink (water or sports drinks are best to help prevent dehydration, especially when out on a hot sunny day). Also, sun screen is a must during the warmer seasons (Spring, Summer & even Fall)! As with any other outdoor activity, when exposed to the sun for hours on end, you can end up with a nasty sun burn, even when flying kites!
Fly Pittsburgh members are also involved in promoting kite flying, and many members participate in community and organizational events, such as the Buffalo Tap Day & the Carnegie Science Center's Sci.-Tech Festival
Q: Are Fly Pittsburgh events open to the general public?
A: Yes! Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club welcomes the public, both kite fliers and spectators are welcome at our events (with the exception of our New Years Kick Off Party and a few workshops or planning meetings).
Q: Are there any requirements in order to attend a fly or event?
A: Yes! To have FUN! But seriously, yes... the biggest requirements are safety related. When attending any of our events we must all be aware of our surroundings. Extra caution must be used to avoid contact from kites and the kite lines with... power lines, roads, parking areas, buildings, fellow kite fliers, spectators, and all other obstructions that may come within the path of the kites. If you see someone that needs a hand, ask if he or she wants or needs help. Please advise others of safety issues, so that we all can can fun without anyone getting hurt. Also, it is important to be kind and courteous to one another on and off of the flying field.
Please note: Some of the events that club members attend in order to promote kiting, there may be admittance fees. These events are not our events, but events that we attend in order to promote kiting (such as the Sci-Tech Festival, at the Carnegie Science Center).
Q: Where else can you fly kites in the Pittsburgh area?
A: You can fly kites anywhere where the space would allow you. Typically many of our members also fly kites on their own and local fields near our homes. These may be baseball, soccer fields, or at a local municipal or county park. HOWEVER, many of the local fields are not conducive to kite flying at times (see next question).
Q: What are conditions which are not good for kite flying?
A: Many of the local fields are not conducive to kite flying at times because the wind direction can be obstructed by buildings, trees, and the terrain. A good example would be... Point State Park in down town Pittsburgh! The only good wind direction at Point State Park is coming from the West (right off of the Ohio River). Any other wind direction is not clean, and is very turbulent, with the wind swirling or changing direction. The city itself (with it's many tall buildings) causes the wind to do very strange things. Have you ever noticed that you may be walking down a street and the wind is almost dead calm, and you turn a corner, only to be blasted by a gust of wind. This phenomenon is caused by the wind being funneled between the buildings!
Q: How do I fly my kite safely?
A: Follow the manufacturers suggestions for flying your kite, and make sure that you fly using the proper test strength line for your kite and the wind conditions and wind speed. Extra caution must be used to avoid contact from kites and the kite lines with... power lines, roads, parking areas, buildings, fellow kite fliers, spectators, roads, and all other obstructions that may come within the path of the kites. Do not fly during thunder storms, or when conditions are such that lightning may occur. Follow all safety instructions that come with your kite, and if you kite did not include such safety information, and for more in depth safety info see the...
Q: What time of year is best for flying kites?
A: Although many people think the Spring time is the time for flying kites, this is not true! Yes Spring time is usually a good time to fly, because winter is over and the weather is starting to improve, but in the Pittsburgh area, we actually have better and generally steadier winds in the winter. Although it's cold outside, many of kiting enthusiasts fly in the winter (just bundle up, like you are going snow skiing or boarding). AND in fact quite a few of our club members use kites to propel us on snow and ice during the coldest time of the year. This sport is called Kite Skiing. As for other times of year to fly kites, you pretty much can fly kites all year round. All you need is the proper kite for the wind conditions.
Q: How do I join the Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club, and how much does it cost to be a member?
A: See our Membership Application .
|If you have any questions that are not answered above, please feel free to e-mail
or call Con Engels at (724) 869-4488. Look for more FAQs coming soon!
A note about the Treesdale Community Center & their fields: These facilities are for use by Treesdale Community residents. Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club has permission to use these facilities specific dates mentioned on the Fly Pittsburgh schedule of events. Anyone who is not a member of the Treesdale Community and wishes to fly at their fields should get permission before doing so. This is a common courtesy!
Local Directions to Treesdale Community Center...
Coming from Pittsburgh area to Warrendale exit:
Coming from North of Cranberry Twp - Mars area:
Coming from Route 8 to 228 West to Mars area:
Coming from East or West Of Cranberry Twp area:
|Directions to Cooper's Lake Campground (Fly Pgh's home field)....
(see above schedule for dates and times for events held at Cooper's Lake, and for an important note regarding use of Cooper's Lake see below)
From Pittsburgh area:
From Mercer or Erie areas:
From Butler area following 422 WEST:
Click for a Map to Cooper's Lake & surrounding areas.
|More information about Cooper's Lake can be found on their web site at... www.cooperslake.com
Visit Cooper's Lake Campground
Don't forget to check out our new handy dandy
"Kite Safety Field Card"
The web page containing the field card is formatted so that it easily prints
a two sided tri-fold from a standard sheet of paper or card stock.
Follow the simple instructions at the top of the page for printing.
Also available in Adobe Acrobat KiteSafetyFieldCard.PDF
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