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Vertical Hover

Posted: Tue, Jun 17 2008, 09:24 PM
by Jeepster
Since I'm 50 miles away from the nearest REV flyer, except for five minutes with Mike Stephenson, all of my instruction has come from forums and videos. One of the latest questions on the REV forum is what do flyers want to see in a new advanced video. Hmmm. Seems like something is missing for the new flyer. There's an old 1996 book, "Flying the Rev - and how to do it", that's hidden on the Internet. It's old enough that several things have changed since it was published, but it's the best that I've found so far. So, if you don’t mind, I would appreciate your patience and assistance.

I can do a reasonable vertical hover. It’s not pretty, but I’m able to move it around the sky a little and do a fake tip stand on the water tower, telephone pole, etc.

What do you pay attention to when doing a vertical hover? What tricks have you discovered to make it easier? I tend to tip my hands to align with the kite … good form, bad form, dumb idea???

Re: Vertical Hover

Posted: Tue, Jun 17 2008, 10:00 PM
by Mike
If you're doing tip stands on poles, it sounds like you're doing well!

I also tend to tip my hands when I fly vertical. Usually not completely and often only one hand.
Most people do it to some degree, but some good fliers don't do it much.

Moral: I dunno. Do what works for you?

Re: Vertical Hover

Posted: Tue, Jun 17 2008, 10:20 PM
by Babbman
Jeepster wrote:
What do you pay attention to when doing a vertical hover? What tricks have you discovered to make it easier? I tend to tip my hands to align with the kite … good form, bad form, dumb idea???


The only bad form that I can think of is holding your hands far apart and above your head...lol

I suggest that you do what feels comfortable and allows you to do the moves you want. Everyone flies differently. Just fly a lot and you will easily find your comfort zones and learn to control the kite.

Re: Vertical Hover

Posted: Tue, Jun 17 2008, 10:57 PM
by Frodos Majik
So far Tom it sounds like you are on the right track with everything you have done.

The only thing I could add is not knowing where you have your hands at any given time while flying, be sure to not have your hands up too high, you want to try keeping your hands chest to waist high. That way you will be able to extend your arms out for pumps or speeding up your flight. Plus as was said earlier you wont pop your fellow flier in the chops.

Like Jim said with you coming out the next club fly in a few weeks, your head will be spinning with all the info we will be feeding you. :up: It will be a blast!