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The History of RAF

The origins of Rotary Air Force South Africa. date back to 1943 when Bernard J. Haseloh hovered his first experimental helicopter at his shop in Ponoka, Alberta , Canada.

Mr. Haseloh was discouraged from building and testing amateur/experimental built helicopters, by the Government who felt that the technology for the power driven rotor system was too complex for the private individual.

To further complicate matters, at that time the Government  had no regulations in place for amateur/experimental built helicopters.

Therefore , his keen interest in Rotary –winged Aircraft turned toward the development of gyroplanes, the first of which was successfully completed in 1954

During  the past 30 years , Bernard Haseloh has developed and implemented numerous
design and structural innovations for gyroplanes.

His considerable engineering talent leans towards the development of airfoils. 
Mr. Haseloh’s latest design is available through Rotary Air Force Marketing South Africa. 
This set of rotor blades combines a superior airfoil design with the latest technology in composite and
aluminum construction.

Mr. Haseloh has logged more than 2000 hours of flying time on his experimental “HASELOH” designed
machines and has spent over 10,000 hours in the development of prototype gyroplanes of “ THE TYPE “
manufactured and sold by Rotary Air Force South Africa.

Bernard Haseloh holds the first Gyro Pilot’s License issued in Canada and is widely recognized as a
pioneer in the gyroplane industry.  Mr. Haseloh is highly regarded by Federal Aviation Regulators
having for many years served as the designated gyroplane instructor for Alberta, Canada.
Bernard Haseloh served as a key technical advisor to the development, testing & design of the
RAF 2000

Bernard Haseloh trained his nepthew Daniel W Haseloh (Dan) in the 1980’s.

Daniel discusses with his sister Linda Haseloh-Lafleur, his brother Peter Haseloh and his brother in-law Donald Lafleur the marketing potential of a properly designed gyroplane.  The grouped believed they could design an aircraft that will offer exceptional versatility, coupled with a level of simplicity in its
design that will be within the reach of practically every aviation enthusiast budget and flying capability

1987 the Group forms Rotary Air Force Marketing Inc, First aircraft to go into production is the RAF 1000,
recognizing the need for proper flight instruction and to meet the demand for a two place gyroplane the
Rotary Air Force team introduces the Two place Gyroplane in 1989.

Welcome to 2000 and beyond!

The RAF 2000 is the world’s finest cross country gyro plane for free spirited individual seeking adventure.
The RAF 2000 is a sporty two seater craft that gives you the freedom to fly in safety and comfort. Whether
for work or pleasure you can enjoy the pleasure and thrill of flight with the RAF 2000.

On the 2nd of April 2007 Rotary Air Force Marketing Inc acquired the marketing and manufacturing rights to the Mocke Family in Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa.

From Left:  Yolande Combrinck, Eben Mocke Sr, Eben Mocke Jr, Ansa Mocke, Gavin Mocke

Rotary Air Force SA offers affordable, professionally maintained gyroplanes for sale and flight instruction. We provide a safe and effective learning situation for our students while adhering to safe practice and to applicable federal and state aviation regulations. Rotary Air Force SA will ensure that we provide the students, once they have purchased theirown gyroplane, with an excellent aircraft for flight training as well as to fly upon successful completion of their training