Back Up & Down
OverviewFlyers must demonstrate controlled up and down moves, remaining in the center of the flight chamber during the moves while back flying.
In order to begin learning upward and downward movement (fall rate adjustment) you must first be comfortable in the neutral back-flying position, confident that you can move forward, backward and can control your heading throughout every flight. Ensuring that you are comfortable with these movements first will mean that when you fly up inside the wind tunnel you can control yourself the entire time, keeping yourself away from the walls.
The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully demonstrate that you can fly up and down while back-flying. You will need to demonstrate that you can perform these maneuvers while remaining in the center of the tunnel the whole time.
You will start on your back in the center of the wind tunnel, ensuring that your head and your feet are not pointed toward any doorway. Your instructor will have briefed you on height thresholds for you to be aware of, as you will plan to stage the altitudes that you will rise up to.
Post-flight questions / suggestions
- How did your performance match the initial objectives?
- Were you able to maintain stability throughout?
- Did you feel comfortable using your torso with your arms and legs to generate the most lift?
- Were you able to remain off the walls during the up and down movements?
- Do you feel ready to progress on to Intermediate / Advanced?
Back flying up and down movements (fall rate control) are important aspects of this orientation. Understanding these techniques will serve you well throughout your free flying progression. From this point forward, your progression will demand higher wind speeds to be able to fly. Understanding how to control your body at any wind speed and move to any altitude will provide a safer, more learning-rich environment for you.