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.

Sunday, 9 September 2012


Well, the wettest summer on record also felt it was like the coldest too. There have been very few flying days when I have removed my ski jacket, with wind chill temperatures on top of the Welsh mountains at around 4-5 degrees with a 20 - 30mph wind blowing.

There have been few new models turned up on the slopes this summer, probably due to most people not having the extra money to blow on 2.5m mouldies. I have, however, purchased, (at a bargain price) an X models Whisper, 2m mouldie, which is so easy to fly and would make the perfect first mouldie for someone moving on from foamie models.

Here's a little video, taken on a rare sunny day.

Whisper on Meio Common from Chuck Glider on Vimeo.

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