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, 3 January 2017

Now the festivities are over .........

Hi all, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.

Well my Valenta Models Inteco L-213A finally arrived on the Thursday before Christmas, ans it looks like it was certainly worth the wait.

I can't wait to get on with this although I have never built a mouldy before. I need to order 8 servo's too as the wing has spoilers as well as flaps, although these probably only deflect downwards by about 45 degrees.

The other model I got was the Phoenix Models Vagabond, a 990mm span, 2 channel, balsa built aerobatic glider for those light wind days. I shall be making a start on this tomorrow.

I now need to get on and spread the word about Bwlchfest 2017 which is being held over the 10th/11th June, as I want as big a turnout as I can get. I'm also going to see if I can get any model/parts suppliers interested in coming along.

On the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year, Phil and I met up with Paul Hampshire at the Bwlch, for some very light wind flying on Back of Wrecker. (Story and video to follow). Paul was telling me that about eight of the members from Slope Soaring Sussex are hoping to attend, which is great news.

So don't forget to keep returning back here for further information on this and also the PSSA Bwlch meet over the 20th/21st May.


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