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, 28 June 2015

Unexplained loss of control.

I took Michelle up Meio Common today to give her a flying lesson using my trusty Wildthing. 
I was using a buddy lead with my Hitec A9 as the master and the Eclipse 7 as the slave. I used the recommended momentary switch on the A9 as the trainer switch and the model, with Michelle in control, turned towards the slope and went into a dive. 
I released the momentary switch to take control but I had no response and so I ensured that the switch was indeed in the forward position but there was still no response from the stick. 
The model ploughed into the ground at high speed with the damage shown in the picture. 
I checked that the buddy leads were properly connected to both transmitters and that there was enough charge in the flight and transmitter batteries. So I'm currently bemused as to the cause of the apparent signal loss, which I have not experienced previously with the Hitec AHFSS system. 

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