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Neutral Back Fly

Back flying is the first step towards learning free flying skills. The neutral position is key for a safe free flight progression. Ensuring that ample time is provided to master this skill will ultimately set a solid foundation for your successful progression.

Learning Points

  • Your spine should be straight with your torso (from your hips to your shoulders) flat to the relative wind
  • Your hips should be bent so that your thighs are at a 90º angle to your torso
  • Your legs should be bent at the knee with your shin at a 90º angle to your thigh. Your shins should be parallel to the net.
  • Your knees should be approximately shoulder-width apart with your toes pointed upward
  • Your arms should extend out from the side of your body and bent at the elbow at 90º. This position should look something like a box shape
  • Your arms should be pressed back slightly so they are almost parallel to the net, with the palms of your hands facing upward
  • With your back flat to the airflow, your head should be tilted back to aid in this flat position and your gaze should be pointed upward toward the top of the tunnel
  • Any corrections made should be small to begin with to learn the balance of control surfaces

Download the full lesson plan including images here.

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This article was originally published on @the_iba

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