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.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Where to fly?

Well although the weather looks like being cloudy on Sunday, the south westerly wind looks like being around 15-20 mph. I was hoping it might be westerly so we could fly at Rhossili, a slope I've wanted to fly for a while now.

Mark fancies heading up to the Bwlch but, instead of flying Mickey's, he wants to fly the Blaengarw slope. I've never flown on this slope but I've seen it from the village of Blaengarw down in the valley below. It is truly an awesome sight. It is a huge bowl of a slope that must be over 1000ft high. Your neck strains as you you look up towards the ridge.

I shall keep an eye on the weather forecast and make a decision on Saturday evening. In the meantime, here is a video of Mark and Roger flying the Blaengarw slope.

Nuclear Dwarf and Cliffhanger let out for a day somewhere in South Wales from Cliff Hanger on Vimeo.

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