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.

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.

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