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, 5 February 2015

February 6th & 7th Flying

Well I have tomorrow, (Friday) off work to go flying and go to the Wales v England Six Nations Championship rugby at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.

So in the morning I'm heading off to Fochriw, and hopefully Mark will be meeting me up there, as the conditions are looking really good for some flying.

I shall be on Fochriw on Saturday morning as well for more fabulous flying and, our new visiting friend, Andy Meade will be joining us for the day.

Andy is going to bring some of his PSS models along with him, including a SAAB Viggen, which he hasn't maidened yet. Apparently this model has a very thin wing section and weighs in at a whopping 7lbs, so he's going to need a good deal of wind to get this thing in the air. Whether we shall see enough wind for that to happen, we shall see.

Unfortunately the wind is forecast to die away into single figures for Sunday, which means Fochriw will be swarming with para gliders, so I shall give it a miss. But at least I shall be getting two days flying in.

Here is a picture of Andy with his SAAB Viggen

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