The full reverse eagle move takes all of the individual skills from the half reverse eagle move and places them together as one skill. Ideally during the learning phase of your half reverse eagles, you became comfortable with starting and stopping in each “slot”, now you are completing each half of the maneuver as one complete skill. The techniques described here will help you learn how to effectively put these moves together to complete the full reverse eagle move.
Prior to learning full-reverse eagles, you will need to be very comfortable performing the half-reverse eagle, and you should be able to start and end the half-reverse eagle in both “slots.”
The primary objective is for two flyers to be able to safely and successfully perform a full-reverse eagle, with each flyer beginning in his or her specified “slot,” and ending in their neutral positions, at the same altitude and in their original “slots.”
Essentially, a full-reverse eagle is the same a two half-reverse eagles put together one after the other. It is helpful to begin learning this skill with the same person you are comfortable flying with when performing the half-reverse eagle skill. This will improve all around performance throughout.
You can first learn this maneuver solo prior to adding the second flyer if you wish. Set up will be on one side of the tunnel facing the center, the same set up as a half-reverse eagle. Ensure that you are comfortable flying the entire movement from beginning to end and, ideally, beginning in both the sit-fly and head-down orientations. When you begin to fly with a second flyer, make sure you set up facing each other, at the correct altitude, and with the correct distance between you.
Technique and Drills
If you set up correctly and visualize placing two half-reverse eagles together to complete a full-reverse eagle, then everything should go as planned. Begin in your most comfortable slot and perform one full-reverse eagle to a complete stop. Then, switch roles so that you begin in the opposite orientation and perform one full-reverse eagle to a stop.
Once you become comfortable with this maneuver, then you may want to perform multiple full-reverse eagles, one following the other.
Post-flight questions / suggestions
- How did your performance match the initial objectives?
- Were you able to maintain stability throughout the entire maneuver?
- Were you able to maintain eye contact throughout the whole transition?
- Did you complete the full-reverse eagle finishing at the same altitude as where you began and with the same distance between you and the other flyer?
As you become competent at the full reverse eagle maneuver be sure that you are able to start in ether slot and the moves are fluid and comfortable. At this point in your flying progression, you should also consider 2-way Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS) flying with a partner. Discuss with your instructor the 2-way VFS dive pool and select some sequences that fit your comfort level to begin training for competition.
What skill level is next?
2-Way VFS Open Dive Pool
Now that you are becoming proficient as a free flyer and comfortable flying with a partner, learning each of the skills and possibly putting together routines while flying together, you can begin learning the formations and picking a sequence from the 2-way VFS Open dive pool. The entire pool offers an extensive variety of sequences which will challenge your flight ability as no two sequences will be the same.
The 2016 edition of the 2 way VFS rules was updated to assign letters to random formations and numbers to block sequences, similar to what is done in other Formation Skydiving events. This is different from the previous 2 way VFS rules wherein every formation was assigned a number.
Please see the complete Dive Pool for Rookie/Intermediate/Advanced/Open described below with new and former names. Also, note that the video above displays the previous names and an updated video is currently in the works.
BB-A Belly Star (formerly BB-01)
BB-B Back Star (formerly BB-02)
BB-C Belly Closed Accordion (formerly BB-03)
BB-D Mixed Closed Accordion (formerly BB-04)
BB-E Back Open Accordion (formerly BB-05)
BB-F Mixed Open Accordion (formerly BB-06)
BB-G Back Side Body (formerly BB-07)
BB-H Mixed Side Body (formerly BB-08)
BB-J Back Cat (formerly BB-09)
BB-K Mixed Cat (formerly BB-10)
BB-L Back Stair Step (formerly BB-11)
BB-01 Back Grip 360 Grip (formerly BB-12)
BB-02 Back Grip Over/Under Grip (formerly BB-13)
HU-A Single Grip (formerly HU-01)
HU-B In-Facing Double Grip (formerly HU-02)
HU-C Out-Facing Double Grip (formerly HU-03)
HU-D Hand-to-Foot (formerly HU-04)
HU-E Hands-to-Feet (formerly HU-05)
HU-F Feet-to-Knees (formerly HU-06)
HU-G Totem (formerly HU-07)
HU-H Foot-to-Foot (formerly HU-08)
HU-J Double Spock (formerly HU-09)
HU-01 Grip 360 Grip (formerly HU-10)
HU-02 Grip Carve Grip (formerly HU-11)
HU-03 Grip Flip Grip (formerly HU-12)
HU-04 Grip Over/Under Grip (formerly HU-13)
HD-A HDJoker (formerly HD-01)
HD-B In-Facing Double Grip (formerly HD-01)
HD-C Mixed In-Facing Double Grip (formerly HD-03)
HD-D Out-Facing Double Grip (formerly HD-04)
HD-E Mind Warp (formerly HD-05)
HD-F Double Spock (formerly HD-06)
HD-G Sole-to-Sole (formerly HD-07)
HD-H Stair Step (formerly HD-08)
HD-J Vertical Closed Accordion (formerly HD-09)
HD-K Sixty-Nine (formerly HD-10)
HD-01 Double Sixty-Nine (formerly HD-11)
HD-02 Grip 360 Grip (formerly HD-12)
HD-03 Grip Carve Grip (formerly HD-13)
HD-04 Grip Flip Grip (formerly HD-14)
HD-05 Grip Half-Eagle Grip (formerly HD-15)
HD-06 Grip Half-Cradle Grip (formerly HD-16)
For a complete description of each formation, visit the 2 way VFS Rules.
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