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As well as normal filming, cameras can be fitted to Roprey that send a live video feed to the pilot on the ground, displayed either on a screen or a pair of video goggles. This First Person View technology is mostly applied in bird deterrence and RC hobby flying. It is generally not suitable for falconry flights where the pilot needs a wide field of view.

FPV flying allows the pilot to control the model at increased distances. It takes a little getting used to, but the results are excellent. It’s always a good idea to have a spotter present when flying, and especially so when flying FPV. This second pair of eyes can check for obstacles and other airspace users, and can also take control of the model if the pilot gets disorientated.

The larger the model, the more extra weight it can carry on board. The Roeagle, our largest model, can carry fully HD cameras, whilst both streaming the footage to the pilot and recording it. Such a large model is an effective tool for deterring larger pest birds such as geese.