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, 20 December 2015

Final flying session before Christmas

So I met up with the usual crowd on the top of Meio with a good 25 mph blowing, the rain held off, and it wasn't too cold.

There was a good mixture of foamies, including my newly rebuilt Wildthing, a PSS Vulcan bomber, and Chris had resurrected his old M60. Phil and Josh were also flying their Impala and Mig 3 correx models, Mark and Chris were also flying various mouldies.

As time went on, so the wind picked up to an estimated 35 - 40 mph and our models were beginning to struggle to penetrate the ever increasing wind, so we decided to call it a day.

Here's a couple of, "ooops" moments for you.

Wayne loses it in the suns glare


  1. It was a good few hours flying with a couple of ooops moments 😉

    How we did not have a mid air with 5 flying including Chris tearing up the sky with his M60 .... who knows, luck I guess.
    Anyway I'm hopeing to fly either Sunday or Monday weather permitting.

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  3. Boxing Day looks promising Phil!