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FoilColorado

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Wing repair massive blowout
« on: July 27, 2021, 08:28:47 AM »
So I had a catastrophic failure of one of my wings. Blew through the bladder and ripped the outer fabric casing to shreds. Not sure why, was at 7psi, air temp 70, water temp 60, cloudy skies.

No local kite/sail shops where I live, what shop do you good people recommend I send it to?

Thank you!

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Re: Wing repair massive blowout
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2021, 08:34:47 AM »

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Re: Wing repair massive blowout
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2021, 12:01:56 PM »
What kind was it?

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Re: Wing repair massive blowout
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2021, 10:11:57 AM »
Unless it's super-valuable or unobtainable, don't bother. A legitimate charge for repairing a shredded bladder tube--either strut or especially leading-edge--will probably exceed the value. They need to disassemble the wing to repair it. Canopy--simple--leading edge, not so much.
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Re: Wing repair massive blowout
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2021, 02:59:57 PM »
I know people who have sent kites into airtime, they can give you a quote:
https://www.airtimekite.com/repair-items/professional-kite-repair/how-we-fix-kites-and-wings.html

If you are on a budget for bladders, you may want to give Jim Haddox a try
(I haven't used him, but I heard his prices were reasonable):
http://www.kitebladder.com/current/Pages/Bladder%20Repair.htm

The dacron of the leading edge will need to be replaced. Typically the seam of the leading edge will be opened up, then patched, then the leading edge seam sewn back together.
The bladder will have to be patched with spare bladder material or tear-aid. 
Pretty standard repair for anyone used to fixing kites.
Any chance you could post a picture, I am curious as to what caused the failure, and the brand.  Failures like this were common pre-2008 on kites.  My worry is a failure would occur again (i.e. the other side).
« Last Edit: July 29, 2021, 03:22:01 PM by sflinux »
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