Wingsuit Progression Series
A series covering WS skydiving, from your FFC through Exits, Skydiving with Others & Safety, by Matt Gerdes & Taya Weiss...
Once you have proved your flying ability as a multi-dimensional free-flyer, along with being comfortable with the Sit to Head and Head to Sit transitions, you can begin learning the Half Eagle skill. This will challenge your transition ability as the airflow will be disturbed by the other flyer, so the move will feel different. The Half Eagle is a moving transition and will challenge your overall ability to fly each of the vertical orientations.
The Full Eagle move takes all of the individual skills from the Half Eagle, placing them together as one skill. Ideally, during the learning phase of Half Eagles, you became comfortable with starting and stopping in each “slot”. The Full Eagle requires that you are completing each half of the maneuver as one complete skill.
The Eagles are fun skills to learn and master, leading to competition-type moves.
The primary objective is for two flyers to be able to safely and successfully perform Half and Full Eagle maneuvers, with both flyers beginning in their specified “slots,” ending in their original “slots” at the same altitude, and returning to their neutral positions.
Begin by performing the transitions solo, starting on one side of the tunnel, facing the center. You will end the maneuver still facing the center, but on the opposite side of the tunnel facing the opposite direction to that of what you started. Make sure you’re comfortable flying each of the roles of a Half Eagle without another flyer or the effects of his/her burble. Once confident in your solo transition, your Instructor will step in and add a small burble or reference to fly around. For example, the Instructor might use his arm in order to build a visual reference, while creating a minimal air disturbance.
Once you are ready to fly with another person:
Sit to Head Front Flip Over the Flyer
Head to Sit Front Flip Under the Flyer
Team Flying Notes
Previous Tutorial, Head Down Turns
IBA Sit Fly Tutorials HERE
IBA Back Fly Tutorials HERE
IBA Dynamic Progression Tutorials HERE