Reverse Half & Full Eagles

Progressing from the standard Eagle moves, the Half & Full Reverse Eagle have their own innate challenges. More difficult moves all around, the Reverse Eagles will test your ability to complete the transitions accurately, your awareness of timing with the other flyer, and your overall flying ability in all flight orientations.


The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully perform a Half Reverse Eagle transition with another qualified and capable flyer. This skill should be completed while maintaining control and close proximity to the other flyer. Finally, each flyer should aim to be capable of flying both slots for the Half Reverse Eagle transition.

Once moved on to the Full Reverse Eagle, the two flyers should be able to safely and successfully perform the move with each flyer beginning in his or her specified “slot,” and ending in their neutral positions, at the same altitude and in their original “slots.”


Begin by performing each half of the maneuver solo until you feel confident that you are able to complete the move with the second flyer. When initially setting up for the maneuver, face the center of the tunnel, offset to one side, leaving space on the opposite side of the tunnel for the second flyer. Set up so that you are flying at approximately eye level with each other.

Prior to flying this full maneuver with a second flyer, your Instructor may present a small burble as practice, by using an arm or some other part of his/her body. This can help you learn the reference point as well as help you become comfortable flying through the burble for the Head to Sit portion of the move.

Sit to Head Back Flip Under the Flyer

  • Increase fall rate slightly while creating some forward drive to move under the flyer
  • Carry just enough momentum to pass smoothly through your back and under the flyer without creating excess separation when you finish
  • Keep your chin up during the middle and last part of the transition to help maintain eye contact with the second flyer

Head to Sit Back Flip Over the Flyer

  • Create a small amount of forward drive to ensure that you move over the second flyer, but not too much that it causes excess separation when you finish
  • Minimize the amount of time passing through the middle of this maneuver–it tends to increase your fall rate too much due to the burble
  • Keep your chin up through the middle and last part of the transition to maintain eye contact with the second flyer

Full Reverse Eagle

  • Visualize placing two Half Reverse Eagles together to complete a Full Reverse Eagle. Begin in your most comfortable slot and perform one Full Reverse Eagle to a complete stop. Then, switch roles so that you begin in the opposite orientation and perform one Full Reverse Eagle to a stop.

Check In

  • How did your performance match the initial objectives?
  • Were you able to maintain stability throughout the entire maneuver?
  • Were you able to maintain eye contact throughout the whole transition?
  • Did you complete the full-reverse eagle finishing at the same altitude as where you began and with the same distance between you and the other flyer?

As you become competent at the Full Reverse Eagle maneuver be sure that you are able to start in ether slot and the moves are fluid and comfortable. At this point in your flying progression, you should also consider 2-way Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS) flying with a partner. Check out the IBA Skills Page for the 2-way VFS dive pool and select some sequences that fit your comfort level to begin training for competition.