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2011-10-18 10:15:00

HAMPTON, Va., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Humans have tried to soar like birds since ancient times, but it's only in the last 100 years that they've had widespread success. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO). NASA's Langley Research Center has partnered with the First Flight Foundation and other organizations to celebrate Soaring 100 - the centennial of Orville Wright's historic, world record glider flight of Oct. 24, 1911. His nine minutes and 45...

2011-08-16 06:22:00

BERLIN and WALES, Alaska, August 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Constantin Bisanz, founder of the online community brands4friends, and his companions, the brothers Geza and Andre Scholtz, made history with a very special record. They were the first to cover the distance to the international dateline in the Arctic Ocean between Alaska and Russia by kite board. On the more than 70 km distance, the athletes reached a record speed of 40 km/h average - only driven by wind and body...

2011-01-27 19:39:00

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Billabong BVI Kite Jam is pleased to announce its partnership with Chris Ernst, Laurel Eastman, Digicel and JTV to bring daily reports on the Kite Jam to the world. Powered by Digicel and broadcast by JTV, "The Download" is a daily recap of the day's action and interviews with some of the sports leading stars, international hobbyist and local riders. "To be asked to host such a unique world class event in such a surreal...

2011-01-24 07:25:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the cable TV premiere of "Catchin' Air," it's now possible for both kiteboarding fanatics and couch potatoes alike to experience the adrenaline rush of the sport - from the comfort of their couches. Kiteboarding fuses wakeboarding, windsurfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and kite flying. Pilots use controllable power kites that pull and lift to propel their boards across both land and water. The show's name comes from the phrase "catching air,"...

2011-01-05 15:18:00

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sean Reyngoudt, the world's only amputee professional kiteboarder and waverider, will be featured in a new TV action-adventure series, "Catching Air", premiering Thursday, Jan. 6 on the Discovery Channel's HD Theater. All six episodes will air weekly at 9 p.m. through Feb. 17th. Using the Renegade prosthetic foot from Freedom Innovations in Irvine, Calif., the 27-year-old Reyngoudt will be following the wind as it whistles through the most...

2010-07-28 18:55:36

Kites have a storied history in meteorological research -- think of Benjamin Franklin and his study of electricity -- including being used to carry aloft sensors that measure wind speed. Previously, however, these sensors, because they were exposed to direct sunlight, were prone to temperature errors that affected their accuracy. Now researchers at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom have developed a way to use a kite itself to measure wind speed. The researchers, professor of...

2010-04-19 13:40:00

DETROIT, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is finally here and the sky soon will be dotted with brightly colored kites and radio-controlled model airplanes. While enjoying the outdoors, Detroit Edison reminds kite and model airplane fliers to play it safe around electricity by following these simple rules: -- Select a level and open space away from utility poles and overhead power lines. -- If a kite or other object becomes lodged on a utility pole or tangled in the wires, don't try to...

2010-03-30 07:05:00

VERO BEACH, Fla. and RALEIGH, N.C., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- TELEVUE, the leader in HDTV, free-to-guest programming and LCD televisions for the hospitality industry, announced today the implementation of high definition head end equipment and DIRECTV premium HD programming services at Kite Properties' two top lodging institutions. The SpringHill Suites Vero Beach Hotel is the ideal Southeast Florida vacation destination. Perfectly located in the paradise that is Vero Beach, Florida, The...

2009-09-22 10:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC), in coordination with the Up Up & Away Kite Club, announce Southern California's largest kiting event, the Japan America Kite Festival(R), will take place on the beach at the Seal Beach Pier in Seal Beach, Calif., on Oct. 4, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is free to the public and attracts some 10,000 visitors each year. Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki will visit from his home...

2009-09-16 17:06:21

City officials in Norfolk, Va., say they are refusing to regulate kite flying on city property, despite a 1953 law banning it. The Norfolk City Council declined a request from city staffers Tuesday to regulate kite and model airplane flying on city property, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday. Council members said they opposed the proposal because it would have effectively banning the bucolic past-time in areas not specifically named in the legislation. I'm not going to oppose...