Wingsuit Progression Series
A series covering WS skydiving, from your FFC through Exits, Skydiving with Others & Safety, by Matt Gerdes & Taya Weiss...
Progressing from the standard Eagle moves, the Half & Full Reverse Eagle have their own innate challenges. More difficult moves all around, the Reverse Eagles will test your ability to complete the transitions accurately, your awareness of timing with the other flyer, and your overall flying ability in all flight orientations.
The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully perform a Half Reverse Eagle transition with another qualified and capable flyer. This skill should be completed while maintaining control and close proximity to the other flyer. Finally, each flyer should aim to be capable of flying both slots for the Half Reverse Eagle transition.
Once moved on to the Full Reverse Eagle, the two flyers should be able to safely and successfully perform the move 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.”
Begin by performing each half of the maneuver solo until you feel confident that you are able to complete the move with the second flyer. When initially setting up for the maneuver, face the center of the tunnel, offset to one side, leaving space on the opposite side of the tunnel for the second flyer. Set up so that you are flying at approximately eye level with each other.
Prior to flying this full maneuver with a second flyer, your Instructor may present a small burble as practice, by using an arm or some other part of his/her body. This can help you learn the reference point as well as help you become comfortable flying through the burble for the Head to Sit portion of the move.
Sit to Head Back Flip Under the Flyer
Head to Sit Back Flip Over the Flyer
Full Reverse Eagle
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. Check out the IBA Skills Page for the 2-way VFS dive pool and select some sequences that fit your comfort level to begin training for competition.
Previous Tutorial, Half and Full Eagles
IBA Sit Fly Tutorials HERE
IBA Back Fly Tutorials HERE
IBA Dynamic Progression Tutorials HERE