Head Up Turns
Similar to the forward and backward movements, a basic knowledge of this skill will be understood as you progress through the neutral head up flying position. You will learn to control your upper and lower body to create balanced turns, starting and stopping on specific headings, and understanding how to control your extremities to generate the necessary power to rotate.
Prior to learning how to turn while Sit-Flying, you will first need to be able to comfortably control a neutral Sit-Flying position, flying that position at a wind speed suitable for sustained flight. You will also need to be able to fly forward and backward comfortably while Sit-Flying.
These moves, along with all of the back-flying maneuvers and belly-to-back transitions, will greatly improve your Sit-Fying generally.
The main objective for this skill is to be able to safely and successfully control both left and right turns while maintaining a sit-flying orientation. You will begin by learning 90º turns and understanding how to start and stop the turns with control before advancing to 360º turns. Once you can demonstrate turning and remaining in control throughout, you will then learn up and down moves.
You will start in the center of the wind tunnel, either on or off the net based upon your instructor’s direction. At first you will complete small (90º) turns using your lower body only. If you plan to begin on the net, you will first need to raise off the net, place the input to turn in the desired direction, return to neutral once you have reached the desired heading, and then return to the net in order to reset and begin the next turn. If you are starting by flying off the net, then you will place the input to start your turn, reach the desired heading, then return to a neutral position and continue to manage your neutral body position in order to maintain your altitude.
While learning the move, it is preferred that you stop one turn before you start the next turn. This will ensure that you are maintaining control throughout.
Post-flight questions / suggestions
- How did your performance match the initial objectives?
- Were you able to turn in both directions and maintain stability? Did you feel comfortable using individual and combined upper / lower body inputs?
- What techniques did you feel comfortable with and what can you improve on during the next session?
As you become comfortable controlling yourself in a Sit Flying position and controlling turns, you will progress on to the next skill. While doing so, continue to challenge yourself on this maneuver, increasing wind speed where it is appropriate to do so and flying faster movements and stronger stops.