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, 31 March 2017

Weekend flying forecast 1st/2nd April

OMG, is it really April already?

After last weekends high winds, it appears we're not going to get a great deal of wind this weekend.

Saturday - It looks like being a showery day with a south westerly wind of only around 6 mph.

Your choices of slopes, should you wish to venture out, will be Mickeys, Meio or Rhossili possibly.

Sunday - Although this looks like being a brighter day with no rain, a north west wind of 4 mph only seems to be the order of the day.

Your slope choice would be the Ice Cream Slope at the Bwlch, Abertysswg or Meio.

Unfortunately I am unable to fly on Sunday as I have a family social event to attend at lunch time, and with such light winds forecast on Saturday, it's hardly worth the effort.

Next weekend sees the first PSSA meet of the year at the Orme in Llanudno, so I shall spend some time tomorrow readying my three models. I've recovered the tail on my Aermacchi MB-339A and it is looking so much better now, even though the gold trim doesn't match exactly with the original shade. No one will notice when it's flying past them at 30 mph.

So whatever you're doing, have a fab weekend all.


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