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, 11 April 2014

Weekend Flying Weather

I've been keeping an eye on the weather over the last couple of days in the hope that we may get some flying in. Up until yesterday, Saturday was looking the best day, although cloudy, wind speeds up to 13mph SW were forecast and Sunday was only about 5mph. Now the BBC are saying Sunday is more likely to be 11mph but with a gloriously sunny day. So which day do I fly? I know Chris and Mark will fly both days but I can really only fly one of the two. I guess I shall have to look at this evenings forecast, have a chat with Phil and make a decision from there.
I need to have a chat with Phil over the weekend as we're thinking about a build project where we both build the same model at the same time. All I will say for now is that it is a PSS project and built from an "unconventional" material. Watch this space for details later.

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