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 11 May 2014

Elegance Thermal Soarer

Well it just had to be done. On eBay was a Elegance 2.7m thermal soarer which I managed to pick up for a wopping £62. It has ailerons, flaps, elevator and rudder, a GF fuz and built up wing.
I intend to fly it from the flat field using the bungee or, light wind days on the slope. Here's a few pics.


  1. What a beauty Steve. I saw it up on ebay but too far from me to collect. Should go for miles that one. Maybe see you Friday if you take the day off?