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dean jordan started flying kites at the ripe age of 7 and never stopped. When his parents wouldn't buy him any more(they cost $.25!)he built his own. Flying and building kites off and own his whole life, dean was educated in the US Navy, dean jordan is a major shareholder and Vice President of KiteShip Corporation. A kite builder and competitive kite flyer from a very early age, Mr. jordan holds a number of records, achievements and trophies in the field of sport stunt kiting, even though he says he only competed for a chance to fly in front of an audience. Mr. jordan has been among the world's few professional kite designers, flyers and demonstrators since he was a teenager; he derives all of his income from kiting.

As a professional designer, Mr. jordan personally developed many of the innovative features and details of stunt kites during their heyday in the 1980's and early 1990's. Mr. jordan's company, Jordan Air Kites, was the first to build ultra light kites and the first to design and build hyper-lightweight kites for indoor (windless) kiting in the 1990's. Mr. jordan also designed what was to become a world standard for single-line large ram air kites, the Jordan AirForm kite following in the footsteps of Domina Jalbert and Stephen J. Sutton with a little help from Peter Lynn.

In the field of traction kiting, Mr. jordan was amongst the first to perfect kites for kite land sailing (kite buggies),and has rubbed wheels with some of the best. Later a strong demand as a test pilot, trouble shooter and design critic for numerous kite making companies, both on land and on water.

Mr. jordan studied under master kite designer Peter Lynn in New Zealand, helped Bruce Flora create his Kiteman Productions kite extravaganza company in Florida and has trained professional dancers, skaters and entertainment performers in the physics and art of kite flying in Japan, Russia, South America, and throughout Europe and America. dean has used kites as his calling card all over the world.

Mr. jordan stays active within organized kiting by being a member of the American Kiteflyers Association, as well as helping to run the North American Buggy eXpo and event held every March/April on Ivanpah Dry Lake using traction kites.

In 1998 Mr. Jordan was invited to join KiteShip Company on a consultancy basis to design, fabricate and fly at that time the world's largest ram-air traction kite. He joined KiteShip permanently in 2002 as its Senior Vice President and a major shareholder, though he still consults in both stunt kiting and exposition flying, worldwide. His major application at KiteShip are as test pilot, trouble shooter, kite designer, and kite builder. Also logistics coordination, computer and networks coordinator and general dogsbody. While there, dean helped create and fly the Guiness Book of Records World's Largest Traction Kite, and sailed a demasted 50' trimaran from St. Marteen to Still Pond Maryland using kites. He also participated in the creation of the Outleader kite that Oracle could have used to win the 2003 America's Cup Challenge.

Meanwhile, he has become a member of the World's Largest Kite Team, The Mega Moon Team from Japan, and went to Kuwait to fly with the other team members of the two other World's Largest Kite Teams to set a world record of the three largest kites in the world aloft.

He has also become a character in a series of books about to be published by his friend Rick Kinnaird!

dean (he hates having his name capitalized!) has been behind the scenes in a number of commercial kiting projects including The World Festival of Kites at Epcot for Kiteman Productions where he lead a distinguished team of indoor/side walk fliers including David Britton, Tim Elverston, Curtiss Mitchell and others in a 16 day extravaganza that broke all existing attendance records for the park. He has done numerous commercial roles acting as head kite wrangler for different productions companies including Aquas, and recently the Starbucks Taste of the Season campaign for Epoch Productions.

Long a maker of difficult props for the theme park industry in Florida, he's been called on to make difficult things fly. He likes the word difficult.

Making a reputation for himself as someone who under promises and over delivers dean is best when organizing a team or event at the last minute for impossible conditions or difficult places. He says, "Difficult we do right away, the impossible may take us a little longer!"

While the KiteShip project is on hold, dean is back at it again, with new designs, plans, and schemes to bring peace to the planet through the use of kites. Stay tuned as the adventure continues!

 

jordan air kites is owned and opperated by dean jordan. Here is his brief bio.