// R&D @ Flysurfer
Kite development in 2011 hardly has anything to do with its origins anymore.
In the past it used to be just arts & crafts, but today high tech CAD-design, CFD simulation, load alternation testing machines, wind channel testing, etc rule the world of kite development.
Flysurfer uses many modern methods of development in order to reach its aim of making the perfect kite. We constantly improve our systems and our customers benefit from that. skywalk¹s company structure (not only the development and construction of kites, but also of paragliders and sails) allows us to use many synergies.
The know-how is constantly growing and all branches benefit from that.
Flysurfer kites and skywalk paragliders are designed with specially developed software. Changes to a prototype can be made quickly and easily.
The software is extremely adaptable which is necessary for complex tasks such as, buoyancy enhancing, designing JetFlapS, or new valves. It allows us to convert ideas into reality – the only limit is our imagination.
The Flysurfer development team has tried out many ideas, but there is room for a great deal more.
We use different kinds of computer wind channels (CFD) when optimizing the airfoil. This, along with using real wind channel tests, allows the airfoils to be further developed. That assures maximum stability during the highest performance. Inspecting the computer models in practice is an important part of the Flysurfer philosophy and gives us the feedback we need.
Practical tests on the prototypes supplement the theoretical ones. The Flysurfer test team (which consists of Armin Harich and Andi Hanrieder, world champion Sebastian Bubmann, german race champion Gunnar Biniasch, Michael Kaspar and other team riders) travel around the world to test kites in all kinds of different conditions and gather experience. These experiences are immediately used for new prototypes – the circle is complete.
Pre-production models are tested before the start-of-production of a new kite in order to assure quality.
The feedback from these tests flows into the production run, during which identical flight characteristics are carefully attended to. Every single kite is checked individually and then goes through the final inspection. Any irregularity is recorded and corrected.
In the end the customer gets a first-class product.
“everyday is a kiteday – Thanks to constant development and state of the art reseach.”