Sit Fly Side Slide
OverviewFlyers must be able to demonstrate they are able to side slide from one side of the tunnel to the other and back again while sit flying.
Before you begin to learn Sit Fly Side Sliding, you will first need to be very comfortable in your neutral Sit Fly position, off the net at moderate to fast wind speeds, with controlled turns, and with forward, backward, and up and downward movements completed. At this point, it is likely you will already know how to enter and exit the tunnel while Sit Flying, but it is not required.
The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully side slide from one side of the wind tunnel to the other, under control the entire time, maintaining a consistent altitude and heading, without contacting the wall at any time.
You will begin Sit Flying off of the net, at approximately waist level. You should be close to one side of the tunnel and positioned so there is no doorway in the flight path of your side slide as this can present an obstacle.
Post-flight questions / suggestions
- How did your performance match the initial objectives?
- Were you able to maintain stability throughout each side slide?
- What techniques did you feel comfortable with and what can you improve on during the next session?
- Did you have a preferred direction to slide? What can you do differently to be proficient going both directions?
As you become comfortable controlling your sit flying side slides, 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 begin flying fast movements and stronger stops.