This suspension device has been created by French kaper Pierre PICAVET who published it in 1912 in La Revue du Cerf-Volant. This device is sometimes called "elliptical suspension" because the cross is moving on an ellipse curve. When the wind is moving away the camera cradle, it is far from the vertical axis of the suspension, and it gets a pitch as the pendulum does.
The simple Picavet is prone to spin, and a good arrangement of the cross is necessary to prevent this movement.


  Our friends German kapers reconsidered it in the 1990th, and promoted an improvement, the "mini-picavet", as efficient as the original one, and developed some variations. Since, there are stabilizing additions, small sails by Brooks Leffler, and "Feather Kap" by Jones from Airfoil. See also the Picavet III suspension, 3 hanging points with stabilizing bow that I adjusted.
If the kite jerks strongly, the cradle can leap in the space, and it happened it has been catapulted over the line, and felt down on the other side. If hooked in branches, a picavet suspension is difficult to recover.
To fix it on the kite line, the hook described is the most simple and efficient. Make in aluminum, titan, or stainless steel material, its diameter is at least equal to the line. The drawing is clearly showing how to make and fix it.
The 4 strands of the suspension have equal length : ABD, ACD on one side, and AED, AFD on the other. The parts of line AC and BD run through a small ring, and the same applies to AE and FB. These two rings are important, as they prevent twisting movement of the rig.

The beam and the spars are riveted with aluminum rivets Ø2mm.
The cross of the rig is constituted with:
  • 1 central beam
  • 2 spars. Each end is grooved and bent to hold the rollers.
  • 4 rollers Ø6, accessories for boat model.
  • 1 aluminum rod Ø8mm threaded on 15mm, and bolted in the center of the beam to hold the camera cradle.