17 years ago
The Misty Flip is a perfectly controlled 360 degrees Spin of the glider with high pitch. At the exit the glider shoots forward very dynamic, instead of getting into deep stall, like in a MacTwist.
There’s very high risk of getting a riser twist. To prevent it, set your harness to sitting position, release the chest strap as much as possible, put your legs under your harness and be ready to turn with your glider. Don’t try this maneuver with laying harness!
Start practicing like this:
Fly straight and from trim speed, pull down one brake quickly to stall the glider. After the rotation began, release the brake a little bit to keep the wing open as much as possible (just like in a Helicopter). Release the brake completely at the moment the glider is behind you (the leading edge points up). Now the glider will shoot forward to the same direction you’ve entered. Break the following surge.
After you became confident with this basic technique, increase the speed of the entry gradually by starting one or two slight Wing-Over turn before.
It’s not necessary to get symmetrical dive, you can also be a little bit on the side at the entry, but in this case never do the Misty Flip to the opposite direction.
You can swing even above the level of the glider if you do a Wing-Over and enter the Misty Flip to the opposite side as you did the last turn, but take care to pass straight under the canopy and use extreme weight shift.
Anyway, you don’t need too much energy, it’s also possible to do nice series of Misty Flips by using the energy of the last surge.
If you pull the brake too early or too keep it down too long during at the entry you may end up in a MacTwist.
For really impressive Misty Flips (actually it’s called Ass Chopper), you have to perform a Spin to the other side in a Wing-Over or an Asymmetric Spiral (to the opposite side as you do the last turn). However these are the most spectacular and powerful Misty Flips I do not recommend this technique until you are very confident with the basic technique above.
Lead in an Asymmetric Spiral to the right. When you have enough energy to make a loop, grab the right riser and pull a negative with extremely weight shifting to the left, after you pass the lowest point You’ll pass backward and above the glider (just as in a Tumbling!) while the glider is spinning underneath. It could be very hard to perfrom the Spin due to the high brake pressure so wait until you start to climb and loose some energy (than the brake gets lighter).
Keep spinning the glider for about 270 degrees, than let it fly at the moment it’s behind you and the leading edge is pointing up, than control following the surge. Normally you exit to the same direction as you’ve entered.
Doesn’t matter which way did you enter from, THE GLIDER WILL SHOOT FORWARD EXTREMELY, SO YOU HAVE TO BRAKE IT VERY HARD, OTHERWISE YOU CAN EVEN FALL INTO THE CANOPY!
All dangers of dangers of MacTwist and above all, you can easily end up falling down in your canopy like a comet…
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