About A470 Soaring

This is the blog for a few guys who spend their time flying radio controlled gliders, or slope soarer's, from the many and varied slopes around SE Wales.

This usually begins at the northern end of Cardiff, driving north up the A470 up to the Heads of the Valley's and the southern fringe of the Brecon Beacons. But the A470 road continues its windy way all the way to N Wales.

There are many slopes available for most wind directions, the most famous being the area between Nant-y-Moel and Treorchi known as The Bwlch, which has some of the best slopes and flying in Europe with many F3F competitions being held there each year and visited by many fliers from Europe and around the world. At 1500 feet (450m) above sea level, there is usually more wind than not, and certainly more than at sea level.

If you require any further information, are new to slope soaring or are visiting the area, please contact Steve at steve.houghton59@gmail.com . I look forward to hearing from you.

Take a look at Page 2 (look below and to the left here) for Google maps of our most popular Flying Sites.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Next Project ..........

So this is my next project, the Traceur which is based upon the Le Fish VTPR 3D aaerobat, of which there have been a few variations knocking about, including seriously lightening the airframe as per the "Swiss Fish".

I'm not bothered about having an ultra light model as we very rarely have winds of 10mph or less, so I shan't be making any special efforts to lighten my airframe. I will be looking to fly it in wind speeds of 10 - 15mph, or a tad more.

More info on these types of model can be found HERE.

Here is a Traceur belonging to FWAL, a slope flyer from the Gower area of S Wales.


  1. Nice looking model, flew Tims guppy which looks similar. It felt nothing like an EPP model in the air, was much smoother and the aerobatics were brilliant.

  2. Yes Jack, the Guppy is the Le Fish's little brother at about 48". There are plans knocking about the internet for a very similar model called the Swinger 48, which I understand was designed by a guy in Cornwall and something I may look at building at some stage. Just another build to add to my list of projects, one of which includes a jet type model made entirely of corex.