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.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Cornwall visit - Day 1

I headed off to Rame Head in SE Cornwall, a 5 minute drive from where I'm staying at Kingsands. The wind was south easterly and maybe a little over 20 mph. 

I decided to try the M60 and tentatively through it off. The lift was good and turbulent free, as is usually the case with coastal flying sites. 

I was impressed with the M60's performance but I do need to increase aileron movement s little at a time to improve the roll rate. And when performing reversals it tends to roll better to the left, so I need to adjust that too. 

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