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.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Weekend flying forecast 11th/12th February

Hi all

It's been a chilly week here in the UK and that is looking like it will continue into next week too.

So this is what the weekend is looking like.

Saturday - A cloudy but dry day with a northerly wind gradually swinging around to north easterly and about 20 mph.

Sunday - Much the same as Saturday with the north easterly wind, but a stronger wind of 25 - 30 mph.

So your slope options are the Wrecker, Fochriw, (which would be my choice) or you could even fly over the far side of Meio. But it is going to be really cold with the wind chill factor thrown in so I'm going to give it a miss as I'm becoming a wimp in my old age. Lol.

On Saturday I need to go for a long run as the Newport half marathon is only 3 weeks away, and I can do some more work on the Vagabond build. The rudder servo mount has finally arrived so I can begin to fit that and connect up the rudder on the L213.

Because of the length of the servo mount, I think I'm going to have to make up an extension piece to the radio bay tray, otherwise there won't be enough room for the 9ch RX as well. That's something for me to look at.

The other thing I'm concerned about is the fitting of the rudder, because once that is glued into position, I will no longer have access to the elevator servo, should something go wrong with that.

This is the rudder servo mount, loosely put together to give you an idea of how it works.

Happy flying guys


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