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, 6 March 2016

Phil's BF109 Maiden

Phil, Josh, Mark and myself made the longish trip to the Abertysswg slope as our preferred slope, the VR98 on the Bwlch, was being used by the F3F fraternity. Phil was determined to try his new correx Bf 109 whilst I brought some foam and a few crunchies. Unfortunately what I did not bring was a transmitter for the crunchies - D'Oh! Mark had a car full but elected to fly only his Oddessey as the lift wasn't stellar and a bit on/off as well. Josh had a Zagi clone and flew that but his Hawk was similarly rested.
A couple of the local fliers had expressed an interest in joining us and they did not disappoint, bringing mostly foamies for the prevailing conditions, although one of the lads had a fully loaded Quadcopter which gave me my first taste of FPV - and impressive it was, too. I can see why FPV has gotten popular in recent  times.
Anyway, the "Big Event" was Phil maidening his correx Bf109 and I managed to get a shot of it in the air, although It wasn't the best conditions for a test flight. The flight lasted about ten seconds but then common sense prevailed and the Messerschmit was landed, taken apart and put back in the car for a better day. We all had a few foamie flights and some light combat (Which I still insist I won!) until the cold and poor nature of the lift prompted us to pack up and return home, me bringing one more model home that I left with as I picked up the correx MiG3 that Phil had kindly built for me.
A couple of photos from the day.


  1. It was more of a long glide test than a maiden but it looks promising.

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