As part of learning the neutral head down body position,you will be briefed on and execute this "bailing" maneuver each time you end head down flight. From your first exposure to being on the net head down being assisted by the tunnel instructor and on through learning un-supported head down flight. This skill is a necessity to safe progression of the head down progression, the techniques decribed here will provide you the specific information to understanding how to complete this move successfully.
The Head-to-Sit Front Flip transition is considered your “bailing” maneuver throughout your head-down flying progression. You will be briefed on this skill at the same time that you are briefed and prepared for your initial head-down training. Other than what is required as pre-requisites for learning head-down, there are no additional skills required.
The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully demonstrate that you can transition from a neutral head-down position to a neutral sit-flying position with no forward or backward movement.
You will learn this skill as part of learning how to fly head down. Initially, due to the slightly lower wind speeds you will be using and the fact that you will be on the net, you will actually perform more of a head-to-back front flip. Then, as you begin to fly your neutral head-down position off the net, it will become more of a true head-to-sit front flip. You will be set up in a neutral head-down position either on or off the net to perform this skill.
Technique and Drills
Keep these key elements in mind when learning this skill:
- You will begin in the center of the tunnel, either on or off the net. This transition is considered your “bailing” maneuver from head-down flight and will be learned at the beginning of your head-down progression
- You will initiate this maneuver by first tucking your head, down, forward toward your chest
- This will begin a forward rotation passing through your back
- As the rotation begins, you will need to reduce the surface area at your legs to allow them to drop
- As the rotation nears the end, open your legs to a neutral sit-flying position to help you to stop
- Keep your arms wide for stability throughout the transition
- Once you finish the rotation, your arms and upper body will end in a neutral sit-fly position
Post-flight questions / suggestions
- How did your performance match the initial objectives?
- Were you able to complete a full transition from head-down to sit-fly without stopping on your back?
- Were you able to complete the maneuver without any forward or backward drive and while maintaining the same longitudinal heading?
- What techniques did you feel comfortable with and what can you improve on during the next session?
This skill is one that you will learn as part of learning the head down progression, each flight rotation will provide you ample opportunity to master this transition. Once you are flying off the net, head down, aim to be consistent performing this transition without any change in altitude and try to perfect this move as you progress on to more advanced skills.
What skill level is next?
Head Down Up / Down
As you begin the Head Down flight progression, there are many skills that you will incorporate that you have already had exposure to in earlier training. The Up and Down movement being one of those, as you have already worked on adjusting your fall rate in Belly, Back, and Sit Flying orientations. Being able to control your fall rate will ultimately broaden your range as a flyer especially when flying with others.