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, 19 October 2014

Cornwall visit - Day 2

I had too many other things to do on Saturday than to fly. Well, except that as I was driving along Whitsand Bay I was on the look out for a suitable flying location but, I could only find one that had a landing zone, which was by the link road to Polhaven Hotel. 

This was a grassy slope but not very steep. I launched the Wildthing but it was immediately obvious that this wasn't going to be a good flying venue as the air was very turbulent, tipping the wings of the WT here and there, so I landed and headed back to the B&B. 

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