Airdynamics is a specialised (i.e. small!) kite design and manufacturing business based in Hereford, England. We make hand-built kites aimed at the discerning 'serious' kite flyer.
Airdynamics is run by me, Peter Taylor and my partner Valerie. We designed our first kite to fly pairs together, with no intention to make them commercially, but people kept asking for them and one thing leads to another...
So way back in 1989 we set up Airdynamics and released our first kite, the Dark Star. I've always designed kites primarily for us to fly and if other people like them it's a bonus, but I need to give special thanks to the legendary Ray Bethell, our friend and mentor for many years. Ray's encouragement made all the difference with the Dark Star and T2 kites and Ray will be sadly missed. His legacy continues to be an inspiration.
This is our back story of kites, roughly in reverse cronological order. We continue to service and repair all of these.
A nice all round performance/polyvalent kite, developed using some of the design thinking from the T4 but re-engineered for freestyle.
Developed as a pure freestyle kite with less pull than the Insider, the XE stayed in the range as an option for multi-kite flying; more recently I have found the full-size T5 is fine for multi.
The T4 series was developed for the Airheads team when we started flying together. Also used by Sky Symphony and Close Encounters. We've retired this design earlier than planned in 2011 when the first prototypes of the T5 worked so well.
Very nice to fly, but didn't quite make the grade as a replacement for the T2; but I couldn't find the balance with the UL and vented versions; but many of the ideas were incorporated into the T4.
The T2 was our first full-size team kite, developed for the original Airheads team and produced from 1996 to 2008. It became one of the leading team kites used by Flame, Vortex and others and picked up awards taking the top 2 slots (for the Zero and Standard) in a group test of 10 by Aerialis. Sky Symphony still use their T2 Absolute Zeros as kite-of-choice for light wind displays the picture shows their special edition standards, at a display with the Red Arrows.
The original Trancer was as mad as a bag of monkeys. Fast, loads of fun and fantastic in high wind. You could pull the lines almost at random and 9 times out of 10 the Trancer would turn it into a trick. The Trancer 2 was a bit more refined but still bonkers. Both versions based on carbon-kevlar frame which is now getting hard to source.
The Solo is scaled-down (to 0.91 scale) from the T2 Competition and re-engineered for solo flying. Detailed revisions brought the Solo right up to date including roll up tricks. I still rate this as a very good kite, but got rather overlooked in the shadow of the full-size T2. Replaced by the Insider.
Over 10 years in production and through a range of variants, the SP, SPiX and SR - The Dharma is still a lovely late afternoon chill out kite...
Very competent freestyle kite, but overtaken by the hotrod T2 Solo for broad-based performance. This shows the limited edition 'Sign of the Times' version with applique based on a crop circle design. Just one made in each colour.
Indoor kite, using Breeze tube. Used for setting an endurance record for indoor flying - since broken! - but Breeze tube was just way too expensive and fragile..
Our first design.