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|Sit Fly: Chute Assis : Skydiving out of the box.
a.k.a. vRW, Sit Flying or Freak Brother Flying, 1970s-- Vol relatif assis et debout -- A skydiving discipline that focuses on the ability to control levels and proximity while flying erect, butt-to-earth RW positions. A vertical body orientation with the spine often perpendicular to the horizon.
Yep, a good skydive is a ceremony achieved by relating airplane, sky, people, and ground. For a growing number of us, chute assis strongly unites these integral parts and offers new-found beauty and a joy that make your hair stand on end. Watching, and learning with some two hundred first-time sit flyers has disclosed the basics of the art of vRW. This article shares that learning approach with others who would fly the vertical sky.
How to Sit Fly:
The chute assis body position is difficult to understand because it sounds so familiar. Sit flying describes a series of body positions which resemble the sitting position. In other words, Sitting is sitting. Sit flying is flying; not sitting. Therefore, to become a sit flyer, one must learn to not-sit and fly but to sit-fly! Groan!
If you are to understand sit flying, forget about sitting! Use your minds-eye. Visualize a gymnast on parallel bars. Hanging from arms outstretched to the side, the torso is in a sitting position, the upper torso is vertical, the waist is bent, the legs are bent at 90 degrees; the thighs and foot-soles are parallel to the ground. . . got the picture? Here, although the gymnast is in a seated position, he is not seated. To feel this not-sitting position for your self, get into the water. Put a float under each arm. Hanging from your arms, configure your body position so that it looks as if you were "sitting" in the water. Of course, you are not sitting but actually floating, supported by your blubber and the floats. Ponder this. Repeat in freefall with a big sweatshirt or a sit suit and big or webbed gloves. Note, it looks as if you are sitting in the air, but you know that you are actually not sitting but flying in a position that resembles sitting. Ok?
Doctors and other mechanics all agree. On-demand ability for falling slower or faster than your sit-mates is required so that there is maneuvering room. A good range-of-fall widens your range-of-fly. Most rate-of-fall issues can be addressed using arm-positioning: Use your hands, shoulders and arms. For example, a "T" arm position is slower than a "Y." Palms flat is slower than thumbs up. Feet together legs straight is faster than feet apart, leg bent. Legs under you is faster than feet-in-front. So, in freefall the arms dont push down too hard; consequently some flare is retained in reserve. Forward movement is by leaning back. Relative wind deflects off of your back. To move forward faster, with more descent, push the feet down more. A half-standup gives an aggressive approach. To go down fast, just put the feet together and stand up. As in getting up out of a chair. The arms are in the 'T' or "Y" position. Keep the feet flat to the wind. Lean forward to slow and stop [hips-forward is go forward]. (A little dab will do you well; too much lean and you fly-by. zoooM!) The standard position for doing sit-fly relative work is called the kitchen chair.
Familiar Kitchen chair solves deep mystery ---
The kitchen chair position gives a fall rate valuable for vRW. It is a mid-speed position that allows both the slower freak-brother recliner chair Slow-Position and the fast-Standup for a Fast position. To understand the kitchen chair pose, film yourself sitting in a genuine kitchen chair. Analyze the film carefully. Notice that the back and calves are perpendicular to the ground in this "kitchen chair" position whilst the knees are wide-spread suggestively. Thighs are parallel to the floor. Arms are open in 'T' position. (Yummy, Hold me back). Yez, but. . . . You sit On a chair. But you must forcefully hold your self in a sitting position to fly in the air. Knowing this in the brain is aided and abetted by actually showing your physical body just how it feels. Ground practice helps to give yourself muscle-memory, right? So, now, try this Chair-sitting with no chair. (You can do this if you put your back to the wall.) Notice that the stomach and legs soon quiver with the strain. Hold it for 2 minutes to really feel the strain. This is the same strength input you must give for flying in a sit. The lesson: Sit flying requires a lot of force to hold. Dig? See Chapter 2 for more detail.
For most new sit-flyers, their early attempts result in a righteous backslide. Why? New sit-flyers all fly with their heels-up. This gives a back-slide. When they try to push their legs down, the calves catch air and you can not get the heels down. Frustrating. Here is a solution: Instead of trying to push the legs down to get into the desirable "kitchen-chair" position do this: Bring your heels in to your butt. When your feet-soles are flat to the wind and your calves are vertical (out of the wind blast). Then, it is easy to step down into the kitchen chair.