Pilot the Falcon, not the Roprey
At the start of their Rofalconry career the pilot will be staring hard at their aircraft during the flight, deep in concentration. This is often true even if the pilot has a lot of previous RC experience, escaping a falcon requires complete focus. Multi-tasking is quite out of the question, and many people, myself included, wouldn’t have heard someone say their name in their ear while trying to pilot the Roprey in the early flights.
As the pilot progresses, their skills improve, and they begin to develop a greater understanding of exactly what the falcon is doing, they find themselves relaxing a little.
With greater experience, the pilot can find themselves looking at the falcon as much as the Roprey during the flight. This gives much greater control to the pilot who becomes more aware of the falcons’ movements. When it comes to a tail chase with both Roprey and falcon in close proximity, the pilot even finds themselves taking their eyes a little out of focus, watching both the falcon and model at the same time. Although steering the model with the transmitter, the pilot can almost feel themselves steering the falcon, each movement on the sticks causing a reaction by the hawk.
This is the level of control we’re all aiming for, and it brings out simply amazing flying. However, sometimes the falcon will catch you with apparent ease, bringing the Roprey back down to Earth and reminding you that you’re only human!