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, 30 January 2017

Lack of lift on Back of Wrecker

I'd forgotten I had this video footage taken when Phil and I met up with Paul Hampshire a few days after Christmas whilst Paul was on one of his family trips to Wales.

XC Weather had forecast 10 - 17 mph, but we were only getting 6 - 8 mph, so it was a good job we had models that would fly in light conditions.

Paul had his Nan ExPro F3J, Phil his Phoenix 2000 and Spectre, and I had a chuck of my trusty old Wildthing.

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