Wind tunnel students are spending a lot of time, money and effort for their progression inside the wind tunnel but often it stops at that. There are many preparations you can take outside the tunnel, for free, without stress of being in a violent, expensive learning environment. Watching the video after flying might give you an indication of the errors you just performed, but it won’t help you visualise the correct picture you are looking for.
Your visual experience is a muscle memory. Therefor, if you have experience as a gymnast and have made 1000 front flips from the trapeze then you will be more prepared to make a front layout, because you have already seen your world spin in front of you on the vertical axis so many times and will be able to navigate at the same time. This is as opposed to having everything just being a blur in front of you if you have to perform a new type of body motion at the same time as your visual changes dramatically.
By watching a video from first perspective of you will be more prepared for what visual input will be presented to you when you’re learning different tunnel motions. The videos are not intended to be instructional videos of how you should fly - your coach can tell you that. They are meant to enforce a visual muscle memory in your mind of how it could look like if you do one of the manoeuvres as titled.
Music: Jonatan Thomasson
Videographer: Nick Poland
Flyer & Editor: Johannes Bergfors
Thank you very much to Flystation Munich for supporting with the tunnel time for this project. Visit their page here: facebook.com/FlyStationMuc/
Q: What about adding in a third perspective view as picture in picture?
A: It definitely could be useful to have a third perspective view synchronised to the flying as a reference. This may come in a later version. It was not recorded when these videos were made.
Q: Why is there no First Perspective video of a flip twist/outface to outface/classic etc?
A: We haven’t gotten there yet. Everything can improve, but what you see are the first versions.
Q: I think you’re flying the wrong way. It doesn’t look like this for me.
A: Ok. They are not instructional videos in that sense. These videos present what you could see, not what you must see.