I was trying to make a creature for a fictional dimension that is extremely hot and has many cliffs and difficult to maneuver areas, leading me to the conclusion that flying creatures would be dominant due to them being able to cross from cliff to cliff, as travel is very difficult for any other creatures due to how treacherous and dangerous the dimension is. I was watching the film Avatar casually, and noticed the Great Leonopteryx had split wings near the tips.
Now, I am oblivious to basic physics, but I thought that perhaps this could cause a creature with similar wings to swiftly plummet, and then put their wings back together to glide, which I thought could be useful for traversing through the frequent ravines and pits of the dimension, or generally in situations which require a swift plummet to get through an obstacle or escape danger if one doesn't have the time to slowly glide downward. Similarly, I thought perhaps this attribute could be used to increase speed while diving at a target by splitting only a few sections open and not all of them.
Please note that the reason for them evolving this can be dismissed due to it being an artificial dimension. And any other biology is up in the air, besides the fact they must fly and be able to withstand high temperatures. So, in conclusion, what are the disadvantages and advantages of a creature is capable of splitting their wings apart?