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Sit Fly Fall Rate Control

Like other orientations, learning Fall Rate Control (Up and Down) is a key component to being a well-rounded flyer. Being proficient at this skill allows you to be able to fly with many other different individuals of different sizes and weight. Prior to learning how to go up and down in the tunnel, it is preferred that you are proficient at your neutral and stable Sit-Flying position, able to control and maintain a heading as well as turn left and right, and are able to move forward and backward under control.

Sit fly slow fall&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;by <a href='' class='captionLink'>The International Bodyflight Association</a>
Sit fly slow fall — by The International Bodyflight Association


The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully adjust your body position to gain altitude (slow fall rate) and then re-adjust your position to move down again (fast fall rate), while maintaining a Sit Fly position.

The goal is to be able to complete these moves while maintaining the same heading and also to make each move straight up and straight down without moving forward or backward.


Enter the flight chamber in a Sit-Flying position, facing a direction that does not place a doorway either in front or behind you. Start in the center of the tunnel slightly above the net. How much altitude you gain once you start the maneuver will depend on the speed of the wind that you are most comfortable flying in while you are Sit-Flying. Discuss with your instructor the speed of the wind that you are flying at and what to expect.

Up (decrease fall rate)

  • Begin in the center of the tunnel in neutral Sit-Flying position
  • Initiate the upward movement by slightly spreading legs wide to expose the inside of the legs to the airflow. This exposure of surface area will create the drag across the relative wind needed to reduce the fall rate, thus creating lift.
  • Press arms and hands down slightly on the wind to help further slow fall rate (note: wrists should drop below shoulders).
  • Once desired altitude is reached, continuously manage your body position to maintain that altitude.

Down (increase fall rate)

  • Want tips on how to increase your fall rate? Visit the IBA Skill page for complete detailed information.

Continue to challenge yourself on this maneuver, increasing wind speed where it is appropriate and begin flying fast movements and stronger stops.

Check In

  • How did your performance match the initial objectives?
  • Were you able to maintain stability performing both the Up and Down moves? Was one direction easier than the other to learn?
  • What techniques did you feel comfortable with and what can you improve on during the next session?

Visit the IBA Skills page to download the full lesson plan and to find post-flight evaluation questions and suggestions.

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