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Mitch Cordover


Chesterfield, MO


I’ve been flying kites as a serious hobby for nearly a decade and started building kites as a full time activity about 4 years ago.

I have flown on most of the continents including Antarctica, and on a number of ships and islands to boot.  

I've tested the kites I'll be teaching this year extensively.

I like to fly when I have a few minutes in parking lots and school yards. Until I retired recently, I unwound from a hectic night shift in the Emergency Department by flying for a few minutes.  The Fighter and the ram sled are the kites I used.

I fly and compete with fighters I build myself. I won the Novice line touch competition at the nationals a few years ago with the kite we will build at U-MAKE.

I took second place in Single Line Indoor last year and your kites will have some of the same build and flight characteristics as my Horvath gliders.

 I have been making no-sew Ram-air Sleds for several years and use them as gifts and contributions to auctions.

I've got the process of no-sew wired after years of experiments. This year's kits will be fast and easy.  See my project page.



As a previous Med School professor, I have a real passion for teaching and have lead classes for schools, scouts, town fairs and art stores.

This is my first year teaching at UMAKE though, and I'm really excited.

I will teach two different kites that will fly in a wide range of winds, that you can carry with you anywhere for a quick fly.

These no-sews are tough as nails and really fun to fly. I sew many kites, but I think no-sews are perfect for a quick project.