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.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Combat Weekend and your weekend flying forecast

So this weekend is the combat weekend, and the organisers have decided that Sunday is the day.

With a 22 mph easterly forecast for Cardiff airport, you can easily expect 30 mph plus at the Bwlch, and an easterly means flying on the Crest.

So the meet up point is the lay-by at the Wrecker, (see the Flying Sites page for details), at 10:30 am.

I was hoping to go along and take some video at least, but unfortunately I can no longer make this event.

All are welcome, just turn up on the day.

If you are not going to take part and you are looking to do your own thing?

Saturday is an easterly of about 14 mph, so your slope options are the Crest at the Bwlch or Manmoel, or possibly Fochriw, although this could be a liitle off face.

Sunday is much the same as Saturday but with higher wind speeds.

I have to go to Cornwall on Saturday and normally I would take along a couple of models and have a couple of hours flying at Aggies. But an easterly is the worst possible direction for flying in Cornwall. But I may just take along a couple of foamies, just in case.

Happy flying guys.

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