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.

Thursday 12 June 2014

14th & 15th June Weekend Flying

Well the weather forecast looks good for this weekend, however, the wind is light and north west to north east mostly, 7 - 9 mph, which would normally mean flying at Fochriw but, when we get light winds like that, it usually also brings out the para gliders there. So I think I'll go up on Meio Common on Saturday as I still need to test fly my Elegant on the bungee. On Sunday I may just go up to Fochriw and hope that the wind is too light for the paras as I think there may be enough room on the other side of the road to lay out a bungee if there isn't enough wind to fly with a hand launch from the slope.


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