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      The Rocrow

Our latest model is the all-black Rocrow, developed over several years for the western market. It’s designed for falcons and hawks in the 450-1200g (16-43 oz) range.  It’s a tough, simple, low-cost model capable of flying in a confined landscape. It has a 93cm moulded wing with a carbon spar running from wingtip to wingtip for maximum strength.  The wing has an inner dihedral shape to give it both stability and manoeuverability, and a natural appearance.The tail has no control surfaces and is easily replaceable. The tough foam head absorbs impacts, stoops and bites and is sacrificial and is easy to replace when it’s worn out. The battery change system is fast and easy and the shipping box doubles as a flight box, holding all your bits and pieces so that you don’t leave any items behind. Its stabilizer, which can be turned on and off, allows for an easy hands free launch which means that a skilled falconer can launch the Rocrow and, while it is climbing, pick up his falcon and unhood without the need for an assistant. For people who fly their falcons with trailing jesses, the Rocrow has a safety mesh fitted as standard to stop jesses (or leg mounted transmitters) from entering the fan.   The Rocrow has an all-up weight of 650g, about the same as a large crow. Depending on the skill of the pilot, it has an average climb rate of 4.5 m/sec compared to the Robara’s climb rate of 3m/sec. However it is harder to fly at altitudes above 200 metres (660 feet) because it is smaller and black making it difficult to see. The Rocrow is designed with the western falconer in mind. It is not always easy to find suitably open areas to fly and many falconers fly in areas with trees and other hazards. We therefore recommend that you always put a micro radio tag inside your Rocrow in case you lose it in thick vegetation. We have fitted a telemetry tail mount clip inside the Rocrow for quick and easy attachment of a transmitter. To reduce the risk of a long walk when the falcon catches the Rocrow higher up in the air, the Rocrow can be fitted with an airbrake. This can be engaged at the flick of a switch – the wing hinges up and lifts from the body, forcing the falcon to descend at a steeper rate. This is especially helpful on those windy days when the flights are great, but a bit wild. Read more about the airbrake here: