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BACK-FLY – Neutral Position

The video below is the first in IBA’s Flyer Level 2 Static Progression ‘how-to’ series, Neutral Stable Back Fly Position.

Once a flyer has demonstrated proficiency flying each of the eight points of motion for belly-flying involved in Level 1, they are ready to move onto flying on different axes of the body.

Objectives

Back-flying is the most important position to be able to fly for any type of free-flying progression. It is your safety recovery position in the event of instability while learning other positions, so it is important that you become very comfortable in this orientation. Just like holding still and in control while flying on your belly, the primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully demonstrate that you can hold a neutral and stable back-flying body position. Even though you will initially begin your training while on the net, the end goal for this skill is to show that you can fly this position while hovering at a constant wind speed off the net.

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

Check In

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

https://tunnelflight.com/skills/back-flying/neutral-stable-back-fly-position

Other IBA Video Tutorials

Next Backfly article, Turns, HERE

Dynamic Progression series HERE

This article was originally published on @the_iba

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