Belly Fly Enter
Initially as a new belly flyer, you will be provided assistance when entering the flight chamber. As you progress your ability on your belly, learning to be able to enter the tunnel with no hands on from your instructor will be key. Here you will learn what steps are necessary to execute a smooth and controlled entrance.
Learning to enter the wind tunnel without the physical assistance of the wind tunnel instructor is one of the building blocks of solo belly-flight. You will need to have at least a stable belly-flying body position prior to being able to learn this skill because once you enter the flight chamber, you need to be comfortable in the position you assume. It is likely that you will have completed other belly-flying skills prior to learning the “un-assisted” entrance, but they are not required to do first.
The primary goal of this skill is to be able to set up in the tunnel staging area low and balanced on your feet and then safely enter the flight chamber into your neutral belly-flying body position, controlling your position so that you maintain approximately a waist-high altitude, and stopping any unwanted forward movement. In order to successfully complete this skill, you will want to aim to maintain control throughout so that the wind tunnel instructor does not need apply any assistance.
You will begin in the staging area, on your feet, in a low, squatting stance. Face the doorway approximately 1-2 feet back from the edge, with your arms out and ready to engage in the neutral belly flying position.
You can utilize one ore more flight rotations to practice an entrance followed immediately by an exit and repeat until you feel comfortable.
Post-flight questions / suggestions
- How did your performance match the initial objectives?
- Were you able to maintain stability throughout?
- Did the entrance feel smooth throughout?
- Were you able to control any unwanted movements?
- What can you work on during the next session to improve your entrances?
For each flight rotation, you can continue to work on different "styles" of entrances, once you feel comfortable entering forward on your belly, ask your instructor about how to enter backwards or side-ways on to your belly.