Nowadays, two kinds of suspending
devices are used: the pendulum-rod, and the Picavet suspension.
Each kaper has his preference.
On my own, I almost always use a pendulum-rod about 0.5m
long, equipped with the stabilizer bow and with the Michaël
Haugrund's damping device. I also adjusted a Picavet suspension
with 3 hanging points and a stabilizer bow.
After long and enduring observations,
I realized that the Picavet' suspension was combining both
the pendulum function, and the damping function. This is
why it has the favor of many kapers because of its lightness,
and its small size when fold.
The pendulum is easy to
built. It doesn't have spinning movement. It performs well
in all conditions. It seems more appropriate for very light
rigs and for all high angle flying kites. It needs
to be dampened.
The Picavet suspension fits
well the kites with a smaller line angle, as the
flowform. It is less efficient with the higher line angle
kites, such as Delta, Rokkaku, Dopero, Crico, or Waco kites.
The length of lines and the dimension of the cross must
be fitted to the mass.
Other pages described devices as
I make them. Consider that as a guidance; feel free to make
your own devices in accordance with techniques and materials
During KAPiNed in May 2010, I have
presented a topic on Pendulum and Picavet or more exactly
on the motions and absorptions of the suspensions. A "silent"
presentation, P & P, is available here.
This left picture is the Picavet
III with dihedral or saddle sail. It is very efficient,
more than my ability to make a page here to describe it.
how you fly, I will tell you how you suspend rig!