The focus will be on learning the ropes of serious team flying and instructors will be working with the pilots to develop and apply:
- Consistency in spacing (ground and air)
- Identifying formation reference points
- Positive drive / sail loading
- Timing and teamwork
- Body positioning
- Team discipline
We'll also be addressing tuning and flight techniques unique to the iQuad style of team flying… While fliers will be encouraged to adjust accordingly to achieve the clinic goals, the key is to remember that you'll always be able to fly the way you want to afterward - this is just a weekend of team schooling to improve as individuals.
In addition to developing and polishing team skills, each of the three 6-person teams will learn and practice a short but stimulating ballet routine (provided) on both clinic days… This will provide a clear frame of reference for personal improvement and identifying the necessary tools for precision team flying.
Captains will rotate from team to team while we're practicing on the routine, to distribute their collective experience and styles, also providing an additional (but fair) challenge for everyone… And wind allowing, we'll also work with the 16-person grid (4x4) format - a critical tool used in world record attempts at events worldwide (the current record is 64 pilots in formation).
- Must be comfortable flying with hands at mid-torso.
- Controllable figure 8's in a team follow.
- Generally stable hover in the 4 basic clock positions.
- Must have 120' high quality spectra lines.
- Must have STD, and VTD or MID 1.5 Revs.
- Willingness to strive for excellence.
Saturday - July 7th
9am-10am: Set up, solo warm up.
10am-11am: Stick practice for 6-person routine.
11am-12pm: Flight practice for 6-person routine.
12pm-1pm: LUNCH BREAK
1pm-2pm: Solo flying, coaching for weak areas.
2pm-3pm: Stick practice for 6-person routine.
3pm-4pm: Flight practice for 6-person routine.
6:30pm: Dinner (location TBA)
Sunday - July 8th
9am-9:30am: Set up, solo warm up.
9:30am-10am: Stick practice for 6-person routine.
10am-12pm: Captain practice (calling), rotate fliers.
12pm-1pm: LUNCH BREAK
1pm-3pm: Flight practice for 6-person routine.
3pm-?: 16-person grid practice.
Bear in mind, as far as we know - this type of clinic has never been done in North America… We'll be learning as much as you by the end of it, but rest assured - those who come ready to give it their best and accept instruction will learn a great deal.
NOTE 1: Please let us know if you're interested in practicing and being coached as a team leader by way of a note in your registration at PayPal... We'll only have time for 3-4 students to get a taste of captain duties, but it should be a worthwhile experience.
NOTE 2: Please also let us know if you have teammates or regular flying partners who will be joining you at the clinic so we can work on assignments as early as possible.