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, 26 September 2014

Another windless weekend looms

Looking at this weekends weather forecast, it hardly seems worth getting out of bed, let alone charging batteries for model flying. But the optimist in me cannot but help this weekly ritual of checking the forecast and choosing my models to suit the forecasted conditions. So I have the Libelle and Whisper on charge. 

It also seems hardly worth driving miles to a slope, only to find there's more chance of landing out than staying airborne, so I think I may stay local and set out the bungee for the Whisper, as long as the sun makes an appearance. I know one doesn't need the sun to be out to catch thermals but, with the luck I've had this year at thermal soaring, I need as much help from the sun as possible. 

Anyway, we'll see, the weather man has been known to be wrong before. 

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