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.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Weekend Flying 5th & 6th April

Well it looks like this weekends flying is off, Sunday for definite but I shall have to see what the weather looks like on Saturday when I look out of my window as visibility may be poor and, as a Southerly is forecast, I only have two possible flying location options, Back of Wrecker at The Bwlch, (a long trek only to find that its clagged in) or, Southerndown sea cliffs near Porthcawl, which may be the better option as there's little chance of clag at 100' above sea level.
In a way, it's a good job the lads from Slope Soaring Sussex have postponed their visit until the end of April. Hopefully they will have some better weather then.

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