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.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

L-213A Progress

So just before Christmas I took delivery of my Valenta models Inteco L-213A.

Now having never previously assembled a fully moulded glider, I was a little apprenhesive about this but, at each stage of assembly so far, I've sat down and thoroughly thought out how I was going to proceed, and as it turns out, it isn't as challenging as I thought it would be ............... so far.

So I started under the cockpit canopy at building a servo/radio tray and fitted 2 x 2000 mah LiFe battery packs with a switch for each with a built in digital voltage readout. I've just taken delivery of the rudder servo I'm going to use and I am awaiting delivery of a pull pull rudder servo mount, which means that the closed loop wires can be tightened very tightly without causing stress to the spline/gears of the servo.

So looking for something else I could do whilst awaiting parts to be delivered, I've sorted out the tailplane and elevator control.

Then I've temporarily fitted the wing root MPX connectors for the ailerons, flaps and spoiler controls.

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