Belly Fly Exit

Overview

Flyers must be able to exit the flight chamber from a belly flying orientation, under control with minimal assistance from the tunnel instructor.

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Pre-requisites

Learning to exit the wind tunnel without the physical assistance of the wind tunnel instructor is one of the building blocks of solo belly-flight, along with being able to enter. Prior to learning this skill, you will need to be able to fly on your belly in a neutral, stable position, controlling your heading and up and down movements.

Objectives

The primary goal for this skill is to be able to safely and successfully transition from stable belly-flight  to the door, exiting the flight chamber to the staging area. Being able to comfortably fly the requirements listed in the pre-requisites are key elements to being able to conduct a solo exit.

Preparation

It is preferred that for the first few exits until you are comfortable, you begin in the center of the flight chamber at approximately waist to chest level, facing the doorway in your neutral position. It is at this point that you are prepared to exit.

You can utilize one or more flight rotations to practice an entrance followed immediately by an exit and repeat this until you feel comfortable with both.

Post-flight questions / suggestions

  • How did your performance match the initial objectives?
  • Were you able to maintain stability throughout the exit?
  • During the exit, were you able to maintain an altitude no higher than chest level or lower than waist level?

 

Each time you fly, you will get the opportunity to master exiting the flight chamber, you may discuss with your instructor other exiting techniques that you may work on as you are progressing through more belly flying skill.