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.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Red Arrows over the Bwlch, The Spectre, The Moth & The Stug

So on Saturday, Mark, Clive, Phil, Josh and myself walked up the track at the Bwlch to probably our favourite slope there, Mickey's West.

The wind was blowing 25 - 30 mph which, for those who know this slope, equates to a HUGE amount of lift.

It was pretty chilly too with the temperature back at the car park at only 3*C, so with the wind chill, it was a bit cold. However, I was well dressed for the day and I was warm enough to fly for 3 hours.

Phil has been rebuilding his Red Arrows Hawk, and Josh's too, so they launched for a bit of syncro flying, but the conditions were just a bit too much for that.

Anyway, here's some video of the fun they had.

Phil had also brought along his new Flyingwings Spectre, which was flying along with my Moth and Clive's home brew plank, The Stug, which actually flies faster than this video depicts.

Until next time, happy flying dudes

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