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Belly Fly Up & Down

Belly Fly, Fast Fall Rate
Belly Fly, Fast Fall Rate

Fall rate control, or up and down moves are used in many areas of belly flying; when flying with a partner and maintaining the same flight level, performing specific moves during 2 way flight such a verticals and much more.

Learning Points

Up (Slow Fall)

  • Beginning in your neutral position, first flatten out your torso so that from your shoulders through your hips to your knees is flat.
  • As your torso is adjusting and creating lift, you will need to extend your arms away from your torso, keeping them flat and avoiding the tendency to press down on to the airflow.
  • Slightly extending your legs to balance out the lift between your upper and lower body will help your upward movement and will also help manage any unwanted backward movement. Note – extending your legs too much will mostly create a forward movement toward the wall. A delicate balance of leg movement is required.
  • Manage your heading by making slight upper body movements to counteract any unwanted heading changes during the maneuver.
  • To stop upward movement, you can return to a neutral belly-flying position, or if necessary, you can adjust to a downward (fast falling) position to help you stop the movement faster.
  • If you are performing this maneuver using the “Mantis” belly-flying position, the elements above will work very similarly except for the following: as you flatten out your torso, you will need to spread your elbows wide, placing your arms flat to the airflow before you extend your arms.

Down (Fast Fall)

  • You may start this maneuver from either a neutral position or from your upward movement position.
  • First, your torso will need to be arched, slightly more than what is required for your neutral position. It’s important when arching your body that your hips are the lowest point of your position.
  • Your arms, if extended, will bend past the neutral position bringing your wrists closer to your shoulders, lowering your elbows down reducing the surface area presented to the wind.
  • Your legs will bend either back to neutral or slightly more depending on what is necessary to avoid moving forward or backward.
  • Make sure you keep your chin up for this skill, which will help to reduce your surface area, helping the downward movement.
  • When you have reached your desired altitude inside the tunnel, you can return to a neutral belly-flying position, or if necessary, you can adjust to an upward (slow falling) position to help you stop the movement faster.

Download the full lesson plan with photos here

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This article was originally published on @the_iba

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