Professional acro pilots use Wing Overs to build up momentum for entering other manoeuvres, such as Dynamic Full Stalls, Misty Flips, Asymmetric Sats or Tumblings. A series of beautiful Wing Overs not only looks amazing and harmonious for spectators, but also gives the pilot an awesome feeling when performed correctly.
In order to start doing Wing Overs the pilot should be au fait with the behaviour of his glider in collapses, and be able to deal with the level of
G-forces that arise from a true Spiral Dive.
You don‘t need a special acro glider to fly a beautiful series of Wing Overs.
In fact, as with the Asymmetric Spiral, you will learn the best technique using a completely normal serial wing. Whilst small acro gliders accommodate the inexperienced beginner, as the dynamic canopy is quick to dive under the pilot, it reacts accordingly with aggression to mistakes. In fact, some acro gliders make it harder to fly beautiful, rhythmic Wing Overs because they have to be actively stopped or reined in to prevent them from looping after the second turn!
You also don’t need a special harness, as long as the applied one does not have diagonal bracing.
How does a Wing Over work?
Each Wing Over should cover exactly a 180° turn. In order to acquire the correct technique from the beginning, you first need to orientate yourself in the flight area. Fix your eye on a prominent point on the ground (building, valley, road) in the distance and draw an imaginary straight line to it. You should aim to fly your Wing Overs exactly 90° transverse to this line.
At the beginning fly straight on this line.
The first Wing Over is flown with a 90° turn. It is induced by using maximum weight shift and strong brake inputs. After the 90° turn the glider starts to dive, in our example with a tendency to the left.