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, 5 February 2016

Rain, rain, and more rain!

This weekends weather is looking totally pants, with heavy rain forecast for Saturday and more rain for Sunday, so no flying will be taking place this weekend at all.

But that's ok as I have things I can be doing. For instance, the rib kit has arrived from Hollein in Germany, so I can get on with rebuilding the wing on my Thermal Instinct F5J. And a very quick service that was, considering Hollein didn't have any stock of this item when I contacted them this time last week. Well done Hollein!

So last night I began work on the outer wing tip panel, removing the old, broken ribs, cleaning off the carbon spar and generally tidying it up.

You can see that the tip panel was virtually destroyed with only the TE, aileron and servo box surviving. The mid wing panel looks like needing about half of the ribs replacing.

So the above picture shows a dry fit of the ribs. The servo box still has the rear half of the ribs intact, and these make up part of the servo box. So I'm just going to modify the new ribs and glue these to the existing ribs. I also have to fabricate a triangular strengthening piece to fit where the tip rib and TE meet.

The construction of the tip panel should be completed tomorrow and a good start at least made on the mid wing section panel.

And whilst all this is happening, I shall be watching the Six Nations Rugby Championship on the TV.

Have a good weekend all.

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