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 Achieving the perfect stoop

Having the falcon fully committed to a vertical stoop is the trick to really enjoying your pursuit flights with Rofalconry. A common mistake for the beginner pilot is to reach a high pitch, allow the falcon to get level and behind the Roprey, and then go full nose down and full throttle. The aircraft will power rapidly towards the floor with the falcon maintaining her height, rather than following. She will likely come down in a shallow angle, in a spiral.

Instead, allow her to get level and behind and then drop the power to approximately ¼ and dive straight down. Once the nose is pointing to the floor, turn the power off completely. This can take some practice, as well as some confidence as you may be worried about being caught high up. Try and tease the falcon into a stoop, attempting to draw her down with you, rather than firing the Roprey towards the earth. Letting her catch it in the stoop will build her confidence. Remember that young falcons are sometimes clumsy, and a reluctance to speed into the ground is understandable when you’re still not familiar with how the brakes work.

As she gets more confident, continue to stoop under minimal power, but as she stoops to follow, begin to increase the throttle to stay in front of her. Over time you will have to start applying more throttle from the start of the dive, as she gains confidence and her stoops become faster.