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Selecting a site

Although Rofalconry can be carried out on ground that is too enclosed for real hunting, the selection of good quality flying ground will help you achieve the highest quality flying. Essentially, the bigger and more open the ground, the better. In theory, as long as the pilot ensures that the Roprey is caught less than tree height, flights can be carried out in the middle of a small clearing. In the real world it’s advisable to give as much room horizontally as we do vertically. So, if we are flying to 500m altitude, we want 500m of open space in every direction. This helps to ensure that if the Roprey is caught at great height, the falcon still comes down in a safe place. All the usual hazards should be avoided – fences, electricity wires and pylons, bodies of water, etc.

Consider how the wind is behaving at your flying site. If the wind is blowing over a wooded area just before reaching you the air will be turbulent and very unpleasant to fly in. If you are at the bottom of a sloped field with the wind blowing down it, you will find yourself in a down draft and the wind will fight you.

Wind can either be “dirty” or “clean”, turbulent or laminar. Laminar wind, regardless of strength, allows for smooth controlled flying for both the pilot and falcon. Beginners of both should be flying in pleasant conditions until both gain experience.

It’s also important to consider the airspace you are flying in. Airspace use in some areas is limited, often due to the proximity of airports or other airspace users.