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, 24 May 2013

Thermalling on The Meio

Sunday 19th May 2013 - Mark, Chris and myself arrived at The Meio to discover that there wasn't a breath of wind and Mark couldn't even keep his Mini Graphite in the air, and that'll fly in the merest of breezes so, Chris brought out his F3J 3m Experience Pro and bungee and we had some fun thermalling over the flatish grassy top of the common, each of us taking turns to have a go. My Whisper has a tow hook but unfortunately I had a soldered connection come away from one of the wing multi connectors.

Thermalling on The Meio from Chuck Glider on Vimeo.

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