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 20 October 2013

A day of disasters at Southerndown

19th October 2013 - Phil and I headed off to a sea cliff site at Southerndown on the Welsh south coast. The forecast was for 9 - 12 mph southerly, but when we arrived it was south easterly and barely 7 mph. Still, the breeze was only slightly off the slope and I launched my Wildthing and Phil his Speedo. All went well and we managed to stooge around in anticipation that the wind would pick up speed.

Phil then decided to give his Banana a go and proceeded to launch but, during the flight, the Banana stalled several times and Phil decided to land it. However, before he had a chance it stalled and ended up nose first in the ground javelin fashion. No damage done so he launched again but with the same outcome.

Phil then decided to assemble his foamie Red Arrows Hawk and give that ago, but after launching he flew it too far in from the slope, it stalled, and ended up in a tree.

Undeterred he had another go, only this time it stalled again and ended up in thick shrubbery down the slope.

Anyway, here is a short video of phil launching his Banana and some photo's of the couple of hours we spent at Southerndown.

                                                                                   Steve launching a Wildthing
                                                                                 Wildthing in flight

                                                                                  Phil's Banana - Oooops

                                                                                   Steve launching the Whisper

                                                                               Whisper almost landed on the Banana
                                                                               Phil cries out, "no landing in the pits"

                                                                                    Phils Hawk in the first tree

                                                                                   Phil's Hawk in the second tree

All the models together

Tuesday 15 October 2013

A little bit of self indulgence!

More 5th October Video - This is just lil ole me flying my X Models Whisper on the Ice Cream Slope. A very versatile model which I love flying.

Tuesday 8 October 2013

The Mill Hill Posse v The Bwlch Boys

Saturday 5th October 2013 - Paul and Jack from the Brighton area saw this blog and the flying here and thought they'd love to come and have a go.

I met up with them just after they'd arrived on the Ice Cream Slope at the Bwlch. At 10am the wind was very light, north westerly and we were struggling to keep anything in the air.

Mark turned up, ummed and ahhhed for a few minutes before deciding to try his luck on Mickey's West, even though what breeze there was would have been off the slope, but the wind was due to swing to the west during the early afternoon anyway.

I stayed with our visitors and the breeze did pick up to about 8 - 10mph and we did manage to get some reasonable, easy flying in for a couple of hours.

By midday Paul and Jack decided to go and get some lunch and I arranged to meet them on Mickey's West that afternoon, so I headed off on the longish trek over to the other slope.

When I got there, Mark and Chris were flying but the wind was still obviously coming from the NW but, as time went on, so it did begin to swing westerly, but it also died in strength and flying became a challenge to say the least.

Another regular visitor, Doug from Kent also turned up at the slope followed by Paul and Jack.

All in all it wasn't a bad days flying but it would have been so much better had we had 20 - 25mph blowing up the slope. Never mind eh, maybe next time eh lads.

Here is the video and don't forget to hit the HD button at the bottom of the viewing pane for the best quality.

Mill Hill Posse v The Bwlch Boys from Chuck Glider on Vimeo.